Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa

Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa
Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa

Blackened salmon and peach salsa were made for each other. The combination of spicy and savory mixed with the sweet and fresh makes them a dynamic duo; beautiful counterparts that when combined. Avocado rounds out the trio, rich and creamy. Those three alone could make a meal-- just some salmon, topped with peach salsa salsa, and a bit of avocado.

It started on a hot afternoon, when my coworkers and I walked out from a skyscraper onto the streets of downtown Denver. Denver, while only a few miles away from where I live, is not somewhere I venture often. It feels like there is aways something new to explore when I visit. 

With lunch as our mission, we set off around town, until we found ourselves at a taco joint with menu items such as "The Dirty Sanchez" and "Mr. Pink". I ordered a "Mr. Orange," a taco with salmon and peaches, and found a table. 

Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa
Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa
Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa

That's where my salmon taco phase began. The very next week, I made salmon tacos at home, testing out a pineapple salsa. It was the next day that I laid my eyes on the peaches sitting in our fruit basket, and a light went off. Peach Salsa. That's what my tacos have been looking for. And, well, the rest is history. 

Salmon Taco Salad with Peach Salsa

Published August 16, 2016 by
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Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 35 minutes


For the Salmon:
  • 4 6-ounce fillets of salmon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil (coconut or avocado)

  • For the salsa:
  • 2 ripes peaches, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced small
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • For the taco salad:
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • Optional: 1/2 cup each black beans or corn kernels
  • Optional: 1/4 cup Cojita cheese, crumbled
  • For serving: 4 lime wedges

  • Directions:

    1. While the salmon cooks, make the salsa. Combine diced peaches, minced jalapeño, onion, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice in a bowl. Stir to combine, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
    2. Assemble taco salads: Add romaine to serving plates. Top with avocado, bell peppers, and tomato. If using the black beans and corn, add them at this time. Lay one salmon fillet over each salad. Top with peach salsa and optional cojita cheese and serve with lime wedges.


    Slow Cooker Taco Soup

    This recipe was updated on 11/2/2018, with new images and a few recipe tweaks! It’s even better than the original.

    Slow Cooker Taco Soup
    Slow Cooker Taco Soup

    You sure do like the snow a lot for someone that hates the cold. 

    That's me. I'm a total whiner when it comes to being cold, but when I hear a big snow storm is on the way, I audibly cheer. If I hear it's already snowing, I run to the window to see for myself. There's something magical about the snow that makes me feel like I'm 5 years old again -- like the world is one giant mystery and I'm just a little explorer, trying to figure it out. Trucking through the snow, with the right mindset, is one of my favorite parts of winter. 

    But- back to that whining part. I'm a super wimp about being cold. Like, take my down coat with me on a hike in July kind of wimp. If I owned one of those giant down onesie suits they take to Mt. Everest, I'd probably bring that with me too.

    Slow Cooker Taco Soup
    Slow Cooker Taco Soup

    Being a snow-loving, cold-hating outdoorsy person, here's what I've learned:

    1. Warm mittens are a must. Notice I said mittens. They're way warmer than gloves. 

    2. Bring that coat. You wont regret it. Sure, it's possible you won't use it, but if there's a chance you'll use it, bring it. While we're talking about coats and mittens let's just jump to it and say, bring all of the clothes. Hats. Long underwear. Ear muffs. The whole lot.

    3. Bring snacks you love. Ok, you need lots of energy to stay warm and snacks, good snacks, give you energy and something to distract you from the cold. Why do you think people like hot chocolate so much?! My favorite winter outdoor outing snacks: paleo fudge, nuts, cheese, hot cocoa, "sugar plums," Epic bars, snowball cookies, and fruit. 

    4. Make sure there's warm food waiting for you at home, or a cozy restaurant worth stopping at when your adventure is over. Soup is a great idea. Lots of soup, with plenty of spices to heat you up.

    Aren't you feeling warmer just thinking about this big bowl of cozy soup?

    Slow Cooker Taco Soup

    Published February 18, 2016 by
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    Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 20 active minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (or diced zucchini Paleo)
  • 1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (about 1-2 peppers from the jar)
  • 1 4.5-ounce can green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of salt & pepper
  • 5 cups broth
  • Optional, to serve: jalapeño slices, cilantro, lime wedges, avocado, toasted tortilla strips (tortilla chips work too!)

  • Directions:

    1. In a large skillet, or the bottom of your slow cooker, sauté the diced onion, and minced garlic. Add the beef, breaking it up into grounds, and cook until browned. Once cooked, place in your slow cooker (if it is not already there).
    2. Now, add the bell peppers, corn, canned tomatoes, chipotle peppers, green chilies, spices and salt to the pot. Finally, add the broth.
    3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
    4. To serve: ladle hot soup into bowls. Top with cilantro, jalapeño slices, lime wedges, and a toasted tortilla strips

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