Thursday, June 23, 2016

Crispy Fish Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Do you ever have those days where everything just makes you mad? Mad that your AC went out during a Texas summer, mad that you're stuck in this crappy apartment, mad that there wasn't perfect lighting during a photoshoot (even during the golden hour), mad at your job, mad at yourself - I have been having many a mad days. But they usually feel a little less crappy when the dinner you make turns out jusssst right.

Our life is kind of in a weird limbo right now, uncertain whether or not we should chase our dream of venturing out to the Pacific Northwest or endure another year in Houston. Either option involves moving and packing and new job finding which of course comes with it's own little bothers.

Lately I've been taking all my stress out on cooking and baking all the things (I've just been to lazy and hot to blog about them). I saw this fish salad on Pinch of Yums Blog and I HAD to try it out, it looked so fresh and tasty for the summer times. I prepared mine a little differently and breaded the fish with panko bread crumbs to make it extra crispy and used sunflower seeds in place of pepitas because I happen to have them on hand but you could go pretty crazy with the garnishes.

Crispy Fish Salad

Recipe inspired by Pinch of Yum

serves 3-4 depending on hunger level

For the Slaw...
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup sour cream, Greek yogurt, or mayo
3-4 cups shredded purple and green cabbage

1.Pulse the slaw ingredients (in order, starting with oil and ending with lime juice) until chopped/chunky. Add the sour cream and pulse again until just combined (you don't want it totally smooth green - just like an herb-loaded creamy sauce). Toss the sauce with the cabbage. Let it sit in the fridge while you prep the other ingredients.

For the Fish Taco Bowls...
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 lb. cod or other white fish
1/2 cup flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tsp EACH cumin and chili powder
1 tsp salt
2 TBS olive oil
1 egg, beaten
avocado, sunflower seeds, queso fresco, lime wedges, or other extras for serving

1. In a bowl add the cumin and chili powder to the flour. Pat the fish dry with paper towels, toss in the seasoned flour, then egg wash, then panko breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. And add to the hot pan, frying for a few minutes on each side. When the fish is golden brown, remove from pan and sprinkle with the salt.

2.Plate each dish with a scoop of quinoa, a few pieces of fish, a scoop of cilantro lime slaw, and avocado or any other extra toppings you like. Serve with lime wedges and additional salt as needed.

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