THE DISH: Salmon Tacos with Blood Orange Salsa March 29, 2013

Fish Tacos

At YÜLI, we firmly believe that a healthy, balanced diet should be a staple in any beauty regimen. We’ve partnered with many accredited professionals to share their expertise with you and we’re pleased to have our food & diet contributor, French Culinary Institute graduate and professional chef Jennifer Doan share a recipe she created that is loaded with anti-inflammatories, omegas, antioxidants, vitamins, and other phyto-nutrients that give skin enviable glow.

Blood Orange Salsa

1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 medium Roma tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 blood orange, segmented and diced into 1/4 inch pieces
1 clove garlic, finely minced
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Fish Tacos 
1 lb. salmon (skin on) or tilapia fillets
mini corn tortillas (“taquitos”)
olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Garnish:
1 lime, cut into wedges
cilantro leaves, picked and cleaned
pickled ginger

1. Combine red onion, tomato, blood orange, garlic, lime juice, avocado (add last to minimize handling), olive oil and salt and pepper into a bowl. Set aside to allow flavors to steep.

2. Lightly coat the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

3. Gently place the fish on the grill, horizontally. For salmon, put the skin side down. The skin helps keep the delicate fish in tact and can be discarded later (or eaten!) Allow to cook covered for 4-5 minutes. Carefully flip the fillets over and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the flesh is firm to the touch. Remove and allow to rest.

4. Warm the corn tortillas on the grill until soft and toasted (a minute on each side.)

5. Assemble each taco with a piece of fish, salsa, pickled ginger, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Building each as you eat is the best way to keep the tortillas but getting soggy.

Makes 4 servings.

This recipe (along with the pictures) were contributed by Chef Jennifer Doan. To learn more about her, read our interview with her, and check out her blog to follow her food adventures around the world.

Salmon Taco

About the ingredients:

It is important to look at the nutritional value in the foods we eat. Oftentimes, getting the nutrition we need is a task relegated to pills and supplements, but studies have shown that getting nutrients through a healthy and balanced diet is the most beneficial way for our bodies to process and utilize them. The amino acids and vitamins we get directly from food sources is much more bioavailable and our body is better adapted at absorbing them. These nutrients are also bioactive and fresh which means the integrity of the nutrient profile is maintained.

Corn tortillas: are a relatively simple type carbohydrate that is easily digestible. It is packed with highly bio-absorbable calcium, B-Vitamins, and amino acids. It’s also a good source of fiber that keeps the body fine-tuned.

Salmon: is one of the most concentrated sources of Omega-3 fatty acids which nourish the skin and add a healthy glow to the complexion. It is a key anti-inflammatory which helps prevent premature aging and soften fine lines.

Blood Orange: is renowned for its eye-catching presentation and its sweet tarty flavor profile. The pigment that makes blood orange so striking is called anthocyanin and it is responsible for giving blood orange it’s elevated antioxidant powerhouse status that makes it reigh supreme in the citrus kingdom. It’s nutrient profile is rounded out by Vitamins A & C, iron, and calcium, as well as fiber.

Avocados: are a remarkable skin food. They’re known as nature’s moisturizer due to their high amount of sterolins and essential fatty acids. Avocados are also loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin A which help increase collagen production and maintain overall skin youth. Avocados help the body filter out toxins and replenish the body. Their oil is so active and nourishing that we use it in our Modern Alchemist and Cellular Lip Conditioner.

Clove Garlic: is widely recognized for its health boosting properties. It supports the heart and immune systems, and it has the ability to enhance immune cell activity and inhibit cancer development. A powerful anti-bacterial agent in Garlic, Allicin is key in preventing the growth of harmful germs and parasites. Regular intake of garlic has been shown to aid blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. Besides all of this, garlic is also rich in amino acids, potassium, calcium, zinc, and vitamins A, B, and C.

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