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Corn and Avocado Salad with Pan Seared Halibut

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Crunchy, sweet corn and creamy avocado tossed with juicy cherry tomatoes, spicy arugula, and tangy feta cheese drizzled with vibrant lemon-mint dressing.  Simple and easy pan-seared halibut makes this a quick meal that’s packed with delicious, healthy protein!

platter full of salad with side plate and two seared halibut fillets

If you’ve ever wanted salad for dinner but also didn’t want to be hungry 10 minutes later, here it is!  Corn and avocado salad is everything a light fresh salad needs to be but with filling, creamy avocado and protein packing, satisfyingly crisp yet tender pan-seared halibut.

Best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to throw together.  If you’ve got leftover corn on the cob hanging around, this is a great use for it!  Here are some of the best parts we’re loving about this salad:

  • super easy to throw together
  • lime mint dressing is fresh, zippy, and just a touch sweet!
  • great for a crowd or a quick week night dinner
  • sub out the halibut for any other protein and it’s still delicious

labeled ingredients for corn avocado salad

Way to prepare the corn

The general go-to approach is to shuck the corn of the husk and silk then boil it in lightly salted water.  Pretty standard, pretty stress-free minus getting all that corn silk into the trash can, especially when you have two small kids trying to “help” you.

Anyways, there’s more than one option when it comes to the cooking the corn!

  1. Leftovers. Use up leftover corn on the cob
  2. Grill it. Grill the corn on the cob. You can grill it in the husk then let it cool and shuck it or shuck it first then grill it to get a nice light char on some of the corn.
  3. Cast iron. Cut it off the cob then toasted it in a cast iron pan with about 1 tablespoon oil.
  4. Oven. Cut if off the cob and roast it at 400°F for 5 to 10 minutes.

side angle of a platter full of summer salad ingredients and sliced avocado

Lime Mint Dressing

Oooooooh Baby.  Let me just go down this small rabbit hole real quick.  This dressing is a back pocket wonder of deliciousness.  If you’re like anyone who has ever grown mint, there’s is a plethora of mint taking over your herb garden.  

A girl can only drink so many mojitos, or so I’m told.  Let’s use it up in this salad.

While it doesn’t take a ton of mint, just a few tablespoons of the fresh herb adds such a pop to both the salad and the dressing.

pouring dressing over salad

The combo of the lime juice – which can be fresh squeezed or not – with the sweet honey and pop of mintiness.  SO. GOOD.

It helps to keep the salad tasting like while adding necessary acidity, sweet, and fat.

overhead photo of a large platter filled with summer salad ingredients

Pan-Seared Halibut

Please, let me introduce to you my favorite white fish indulgence.  Dear halibut, I’m a BIG fan.

In my opinion, pan-seared is the only way to eat this flaky white fish.  It’s like a marriage between indulgent fried fish and baked.  So the top of the fillet ends up crisp and a little crunchy and the inside is decadently soft, flaky, and tender.

halibut fillets pan searing in oil

Tips for pan-searing fish:

  • heat the oil over high heat, but cook over medium-high
  • try to remove excess moisture but blotting with a paper towel or refrigerating uncovered for 1 hour before cooking
  • don’t overcrowd the pan, this will lead to poaching the fish instead of searing
  • use a wide, thin spatula versus tongs to flip the fillets.

forkful of halibut and corn salad

Can’t stop loving on corn?  Us too!  Here are some other tasty ideas for that crisp, sweet produce:

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close up of pan seared halibut over corn and avocado salad

Corn and Avocado Salad with Pan Seared Halibut


  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Corn and avocado salad is so full of light and fresh flavors and goes perfectly with easy pan-seared halibut for a meal that’s healthy and filling!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 ears corn on the cob
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
  • lime mint dressing
  • 2 to 4 halibut fillets 6 to 8 ounces each

lime mine dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of salt less than 1/8 teaspoon
  • pinch of white pepper less than 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves

 


Instructions

  1. Prep the corn.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Shuck the corn of the husk and silk.  Carefully add to the pot of hot water and cook for 5 minutes.  Drain and let cool.  Once cool, cut the corn off the cob and set aside.

  2. Make the dressing.  In a bowl, whisk together the 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey, pinch of salt and white pepper, and 1 tablespoon fresh mint.  For an emulsified dressing, combine all the ingredients except the olive oil using an immersion blender or food processor.  Then add the olive oil in a slow steady stream while the blender is running.

  3. Make the salad.  In a large bowl or platter, spread the arugula over the bottom.  Top with halved cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, feta, corn, and fresh mint.  Drizzle the dressing over the salad the ingredients.

  4. Sear the halibut.  Pat the fillets with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture.  Season generously with salt and fresh black pepper.  Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a sauté pan over high heat.  When the oil is hot, carefully place the fillets skin side up and lower the heat to medium-high.  Cook for 5 minutes, lower the heat again to medium and flip the halibut to skin side down.  Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes or until the center of the fish reaches 140°F.  Serve the fish on top of the salad or alongside.

Notes

  • This salad is a great way to use up leftover corn on the cob!
  • Alternatively to boiling the corn, you can grill it or cut it off the cob and toast it in a cast iron pan with a little drizzle of oil.
  • Want a little more savory?  Try adding crispy bacon or prosciutto!
  • Because of the avocado, this salad does not make for great leftovers so we recommend eating it the day you make it!
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: corn and avocado salad, corn avocado salad, halibut with salad, pan seared halibut

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