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Seared Salmon with Avocado Sauce and Tomato-Cilantro Salsa

4 Servings

20 minutes

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We borrow from Colombia's take on guacamole—spiked with both lime juice and vinegar as well as fresh chilies—to create an easy, no-cook sauce for salmon fillets. A fresh tomato-cilantro salsa finishes the dish, adding a bright, acidic note to balance the rich, savory fish.




Don't shy away from using the habañero chili. Its fruity flavor pairs perfectly with the avocado. It does give bold spiciness to the sauce, but the richness of the salmon keeps the heat in check.

20 minutes


  • cups cherry or grape tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • 5

    tablespoons lime juice, divided, plus lime wedges, to serve


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Urb F.
August 20, 2023
Grill it
Used Phillip’s tip and grilled it. Turned out great. I saved the leftover sauce thinking it would go great with chicken. The only thing that I would do was use the habanero seeds to amp up the heat.
Mary P.
July 5, 2023
The avocado-habanero-cilantro sauce slays!
Even my son, who is NOT a fan of foods containing spicy peppers, ate seconds of this and asked for the recipe for his own cooking! The habanero is toned down by the avocado and cilantro and adds a really nice citrus note to the sauce, in addition to the lime juice. If you have any sauce left over, you can eat it with salted corn tortilla chips! This recipe is now in regular rotation; we previously only ate our salmon using Asian-style sauces (ginger, soy, garlic). Yum!
Alisa B.
June 12, 2023
Best salmon ever
Salsa is so delicious and salmon is both soft and flaky it’s perfect
Julie G.
January 26, 2023
Delicious and Fast
This recipe is a go-to! Normally I add a little more of this or that for personal taste but this recipe gets it done the first time. Super quick and easy. The sauce is perfect and a multitude of veggies as well as chicken. Highly recommend!
Michael Y.
August 10, 2023
Good but not for the faint of heart
I really liked this but everyone I made it for said it was way too spicy. If I make it again Ill use half a habanero and double the lime juice.
Elizabeth P.

Great recipe. Hubby liked it and for some reason i thought it would be complicated - went off like a dream. He want me to cook again. Maybe buying salmon from a supplier.

Franklin E.

Excellent recipe for salmon. Can’t recommend enough. Very balanced.

Andrew S.

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