Blackened Fish Salad with a Creamy Avocado Dressing

Here's a super flavorful and hearty seafood dinner that is perfect for anyone who is pescatarian or who just loves fish. This Blackened Fish Salad is topped with a tasty Creamy Avocado Dressing that you'll love.
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Blackened Fish on a bed of lettuce, roasted corn, tomatoes, black beans, and crumbed queso fresco.

Anyone else have a teenager trying out new things? As I recently shared on social media (with the reminder note my daughter gave me … I wouldn’t really believe it until it was in writing, LOL), my 13-year-old daughter has decided she wants to try out being a vegetarian. She will still eat fish though, so technically a “pescatarian” it is! Thankfully, this Blackened Fish Salad meets her approval.

This honestly came out of nowhere; she is my child who LOVES meat, but I understand this is a time in their lives to try and figure out who they are. Can anyone else relate?

So, I’m excited to share my latest seafood dinner creation that is super flavorful and hearty. My girls had a friend over the second time I made it, and even this self-professed picky eater (no sauces, no cheese, etc., etc.) scarfed down this fish and asked for seconds! It’s hard to beat that punch of flavor from blackened seasoning. And, thankfully, it’s not hard to make … enjoy!

Flexitarian Lifestyle

Sooooo, while I am not drastically changing the way the rest of us eat, I am trying to accommodate her request. We already eat a mostly flexitarian diet (meat sometimes), so now on those nights when we do eat meat I just make sure the side items are hearty enough to be eaten on their own. And we’ve also gone from eating seafood roughly once a week to twice a week (or even more!). Thankfully, that’s something we can all still agree on.

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This was a HUGE hit with all three of my kids! Thank you for this recipe. It is in regular rotation and gets rave reviews every time!
– Ashley Oswald

Which Fish is Best to Blacken?

Your best bet is to find a firm-fleshed fish like redfish, snapper, mahi, halibut, grouper, or even salmon.

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  1. Delicious! I made this for my family and everyone loved it. I was afraid the seasoning on the fish might be a tad spicy for my kiddos (4, 6, 8 yrs), but served it anyway thinking the avocado dressing would cut the heat. It was perfect, and the flavors were big and balanced. Yum. (I served the kids’ as tacos on corn tortillas with salad on the side). Definitely will be a repeat recipe!

  2. My family is pescatarian So I’m thrilled your daughters personal exploration might lead to more “real” seafood & vegetarian recipes for the rest of us!!!