Updated: Feb 2, 2022
If you're in need of a quick, healthy, weeknight meal that also tastes delicious, I've got you covered with these Easy Salmon Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa and Lime Crema! Ready in 30 minutes, this heart healthy dinner recipe is perfect for two or for a crowd. It's fresh, it's flavorful, and it's simple to prepare.
30 Minute Healthy Dinner? Tac-O-M-G!
No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen every night. Even those who enjoy cooking need quick and healthy meal options for weeknights, and this recipe is just that!
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With a cooking time of 12 minutes, the heart healthy southwestern seasoned salmon is so easy to prepare. The Fresh Mango Salsa takes no more than 10 minutes to make and can even be made the night before. The two-ingredient crema comes together in no time at all! In just 30 minutes you've got yourself a delicious and nourishing home-cooked meal! Now that's something to TACO 'bout!
Heart Healthy Tacos
These tacos are low in saturated fat and rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, lean protein, and flavor! Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, a heart healthy fat, as well as lean protein, B vitamins, iron, and vitamin D. Incorporating heart healthy omega-3 rich foods like salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and canola oil into your diet may lower your risk of some chronic diseases.
Mango and bell peppers, two of the primary ingredients in my Fresh Mango Salsa, are both rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Regularly incorporating fruits and vegetables into your meals and snacks as part of a balanced diet may lower your risk of some diseases, including but not limited heart disease, some cancers, digestive disorders, and diabetes, as well as nutrient deficiencies.
For more inspiration on how to incorporate more vegetables into diet, check this blog post: 5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Vegetable Intake.
If You Had to Choose: Mango Salsa or Guacamole?
Have you ever seen the phrase: "Don't let anyone treat you like free salsa. You are guacamole, baby, GUACAMOLE!"? I've seen it all over the place, and I've gotta be honest... It doesn't work for me because I love free salsa. On occasion I have eaten it straight out of the bowl WITH A SPOON, that's how much I love it. And I feel the same way about this vegan Fresh Mango Salsa.
I am a big fan of heart healthy avocados and fresh guacamole, don't get me wrong, but there's something about Fresh Mango Salsa with all the colors, contrasting textures, and fresh flavors that is so enticing. AND mango salsa, unlike guacamole, is just as good if not better the second day! No one can argue with that.
In addition to pairing so perfectly with these Easy Salmon Tacos, the Fresh Mango Salsa makes a great dip. Just pair this salsa with your favorite tortilla chips as a snack or as part of balanced meal! For another one of my favorite dips check out my 5-Minute Herby Avocado Yogurt Dip.
What’s in This Recipe?
Mango – contains vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and potassium
Bell pepper – rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and water
Canned corn – contains energizing carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and potassium as well as phytonutrients
Onion – contains the antioxidant quercetin
Seasonings – salt, cayenne pepper, chili lime seasoning, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper
Cilantro – contains vitamin K, lutein, zeaxanthin, and quercetin
Lime juice – the acid enhances the flavors in this recipe, contains vitamin C
Fresh salmon –contains easily absorbable protein, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and iron
Greek yogurt – rich in protein, calcium, and probiotics
Avocado – contains heart healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, vitamins, and minerals
Tortillas* – contains energizing carbohydrates
Notes: You can easily make this recipe gluten free* by using your favorite gluten free tortillas in place of flour tortillas or by using rice in place of tortillas. To make this recipe dairy free** simply omit the lime crema.
Easy Salmon Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa and Lime Crema
Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 12 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 2 tacos (mango salsa serves 4)
1 cup mango, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup canned yellow corn, drained
1/4 cup red or white onion, finely chopped
3/4 tsp. salt, divided
Dash of cayenne pepper
Trader Joe's chili lime seasoning (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
4 tbsp. lime juice, divided
2 salmon fillets, fresh*
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. Greek yogurt or sour cream**
Black pepper to taste
1/2 avocado, peeled and sliced
4 small flour tortillas or 2 large flour tortillas*
Preheat the oven to 400oF. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper (enough to lay the salmon fillets side by side).
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the mango, bell pepper, corn, onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, dash of cayenne pepper, chili lime seasoning to taste, (optional), fresh cilantro, and 1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir to combine then set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, paprika, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice.
Place the salmon side by side on the parchment lined baking sheet. Coat evenly with the lime and spice mixture. If using fillets without skin coat both sides, if using fillets with skin just coat the top.
Bake the salmon for 12 minutes.
While the salmon cooks, make the lime crema by combining the Greek yogurt or sour cream, 1 tbsp. lime juice, 1/4 tsp, and black pepper to taste in a small bowl. Add water as needed to thin out the crema (no more than 1 tsp. at a time).
To warm the tortillas, place them on a plate and cover completely with a damp paper towel. Microwave for no more than 30 seconds.
Once the salmon is cooked, assemble the tacos. First, add the salmon to the warmed tortillas, top with mango salsa and sliced avocado as desired, then drizzle with lime crema. Serve immediately.
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