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Southwestern Grilled Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 10 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 20 mins
  • yield Yield: 10-12 1x
  • category Category: Gluten Free, Seafood, Grilling, Easy Healthy Recipes
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


Southwestern Grilled Salmon Tacos served on lettuce wraps then topped with fresh pineapple salsa, avocado and a Chipotle Lime Crema! This healthy salmon taco recipe is done in 30 minutes and bursting with light, fresh vibrant flavors.



Southwestern Grilled Salmon:

  • 1.5 lbs. salmon, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon acho chili powder

Pineapple Salsa:

  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeno
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt

Chipotle Crema:

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 medium chipotle pepper (in adobe sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt


  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1012 lettuce cups (boston lettuce, bibb lettuce, or butter lettuce)


  1. Heat Grill: First things first, get that grill started so when it comes time to use it you’re ready to go. Heat grill to high heat, between 400°-450°F.
  2. Make Chipotle Crema: To a food process, add greek yogurt, chipotle pepper, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Mix Pineapple Salsa: To a small bowl add diced pineapple, red pepper, red onion, fresh cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and a pinch of salt. Gently toss to incorporate all the ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Prep Salmon: Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel.
  5. Spice Rub Time: In a small bowl add garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, cumin, acho chili powder, sea salt, ground pepper and avocado oil. Stir together.
  6. Season Salmon: Gently rub spice blend into one side of the salmon.
  7. Grill: Place the salmon on the grill seasoned side up. Grill for 6-8 minutes, or until the salmon releases from the grill. Flip and cook the salmon another 2 minutes. Remove from the grill and gently fork the salmon apart into chunks.
  8. Assemble Tacos: Serve the salmon on a lettuce cup, topped with pineapple salsa, avocado slices, and the Chipotle Crema.


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 338
  • Sugar: 18 g
  • Sodium: 994 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

Keywords: salmon tacos, fish tacos, grilled salmon