Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos with Apple-Cucumber Salsa


Spicy grilled salmon is cooled down with a tangy lime mayo, crunchy cabbage, and a juicy apple-cucumber salsa.  Taco Recipes

Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos
Not only are these tacos delicious, but studies have shown that eating salmon and avocado could help keep you young. Photo: © Joseph de Leo
Total Time:
50 mins
8 tacos


Apple-Cucumber Salsa

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

  • Kosher salt

Salmon tacos

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 pound skinless wild Alaskan salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 corn tortillas

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 Hass avocado, mashed

  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage


Make the salsa

  1. In a bowl, toss the apple with the cucumber, onion, and pepper. Stir in the vinegar and sugar, season with salt.

Make the tacos

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the lime juice. In another small bowl, combine the chipotle powder with the orange zest and sugar. Rub each piece of salmon with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and then with the chipotle–orange zest mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Wrap the tortillas in foil and bake for about 8 minutes, until they are softened and heated through.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan. Season the salmon with salt and grill over high heat until nicely browned and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

  4. Gently break each piece of salmon in half. Spread the mashed avocado on the warm tortillas and top with the salmon, Apple-Cucumber Salsa, and the cabbage. Drizzle each taco with the lime mayonnaise and serve right away.

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