Fish and fruit are two of the healthiest food groups you can choose from but many people do not think of pairing the two to create an array of interesting and tasty dishes. Fruits are naturally sweet, tangy, and juicy and lend texture, flavor, and interest to all types of seafood salads.
Although you should use your favorite types of fish, white fish is always a good choice as it is mild and does not have that “fishy” taste that many are not fond of. Grilled white fish tastes wonderful with a mixture of mangos, peaches, and honey and grilling the fish helps to lock in the flavor and create a delicious crust. Alternatively, you can also create a fruit salsa to serve along with several different types of fish including salmon steaks.
To make the fruit salsa, combine diced pineapples, mangos, with lemon and lime juice and other assorted fresh fruits like kiwi or strawberries and serve with salmon steaks, sea bass, cod fillets, or other white fish.
You can also quickly make Hawaiian style tacos with mild white fish and tortillas. Bake the fish after sprinkling with lemon and lime juices and seasoning with salt and pepper. Make the taco filling with pineapples, mangos, cilantro, and shredded lettuce then combine with the baked fish after slicing it into strips.
You might also enjoy a simple fruit and fish salad plate with cooked crab, prawns, salmon, or shrimp, or perhaps a selection of each, along with fresh peaches and salad greens.
Mix mayonnaise and sour cream with lemon juice, ground ginger, salt, and white pepper then stir in finely chopped celery and green onions and peppers. Toss all the ingredients to mix well and refrigerate for a few hours to chill before serving.
Do not be afraid to experiment with the different types of fish and fruits you use as there are endless delicious combinations to discover. You can prepare the fish using your preferred cooking method. Fruits in the melon family like honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon offer plenty of sweetness and mix well with many other types of foods.
For a spicy kick to your fruity fish dish, use peppers including poblanos and jalapenos along with various seasonings.
Fruity Tuna Salad Recipe
What You Need
- 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
- Dash white pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 6 ounce can white tuna, drained
- 1/2 cup celery, sliced
- 2 tablespoons sliced green onion
- 1 cup cantaloupe melon, cut into cubes
- 1 cup honeydew melon, cut into cubes
- 1 cup red grapes
- 1 cup Granny Smith apple, chopped
- 1 head lettuce
How to Make It
In a small mixing bowl, combine the white wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, dry mustard, white pepper, and lemon juice and stir to mix well.
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and then toss with the prepared dressing.
Cover and chill the salad mixture for 1 hour.
Place leaves of lettuce on 4 plates and top each with the fruity tuna salad and serve immediately.