By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Ripe Olives and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
This month, Recipe ReDuxers are being challenged to use California Black Ripe Olives in unique and tasty recipes that also include other flavors represented in the Mediterranean Diet: fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fresh fish and seafood, lean meats, cheese and yogurt and red wine. I was excited to get going on developing a recipe featuring California Ripe Olives since they are part of this super-healthy style of eating which has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers and the risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. That the foods included in the Mediterranean diet are also so delicious made it that much easier to come up with a tasty blend of healthy fats, lean protein, fresh vegetables and lots of green herbs.
The “California” part of California Ripe Olives took me down memory lane…back to my days of living in “SoCal” – first San Diego, then later Los Angeles, and my ongoing quest to find the very best fish tacos. Since fish tacos aren’t quite as popular here in the East, I decided to create my own version and personally think I could open a food truck with these babies. They’re that good. And with so many healthy ingredients, what’s not to love?
I started with the “green sauce” to be used in lieu of salsa. It might be the end of the summer, but I still have lots of fresh basil and mint growing to which I added lots of fresh cilantro, jalapeno for heat, lime zest and juice, garlic and to add some creaminess, another Mediterranean Diet heart-healthy favorite: avocado.
Adding powerful natural flavor enhancers like lime zest allow you to reduce the amount of added salt, yet not skimp on flavor.
Corn tortillas placed on a medium-hot grill for less than one minute per side warms them while creating those coveted grill marks and great flavor.
You can use any type of fish you want, but I love the texture and mild flavor of cod. It was just my luck that Whole Foods happen to be having a sale on Atlantic wild caught cod, so I scooped it up. Since cod can be a bit delicate, I use a grill pan to avoid losing pieces through the grates. I’d suggest a side salad with these tacos, or even just crispy cucumber spears. Maybe you’ll want to include a glass of red wine which can also be a part of a heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet. Cheers!