Southwestern Salmon Tacos With Avocado Salsa

Serves 4.

From "The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook," by Debra Ponzek.

• 2 avocados

• 2 tomatoes, cored and diced

• 1/2 c. finely diced red onion

• 1/4 c. loosely packed chopped cilantro

• Juice of 1 lemon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 4 (5- to 6-oz.) salmon fillets

• 1/4 c. canola oil

• 8 (6-in.) flour tortillas

• 1/2 c. sour cream

1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (freeze remaining for another use)

• 2 tbsp. adobo sauce from the can

• Cilantro leaves, for garnish


Cut each avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Carefully scoop the flesh from the shell and dice it. Toss the diced avocado with the tomato, onion, cilantro and lemon juice. Stir to mix, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan, heat oil until smoking over medium-high heat and cook salmon, fleshy sides down, for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Transfer fillets to platter to cool slightly.

Spoon heaping tablespoons of avocado salsa onto each flour tortilla. Gently flake each salmon fillet with a fork. Top the tortillas with salmon, sour cream mixture (see below) and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

To make Chipotle Sour Cream: Stir together sour cream, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce; mix well. Season to taste with salt. Serve right away or refrigerate.