A simple spring weeknight dinner recipe for lemon pepper tilapia with a fresh arugula salad and homemade gluten-free garlic herb croutons! Ready in 20 minutes or less so you have time to sit down and enjoy!
I don't see an end to my obsession with fresh spring produce anytime soon! I just can't get enough! Every weekly shopping trip and I find the store packed to the ceiling with beautiful fruits and veggies galore! There's always that awkward transition from winter produce to spring and the store's offerings are rather lacking and lackluster in quality. But that is all over now and I am basking in it!
With all the lovely produce and fresh flavors, the major theme of springtime is SALAD. When it comes to salad, it's never just "salad". Do people even eat plain old lettuce salads anymore? I don't! To me, a salad is a perfect compilation of everything fresh, bright, and nutrient-packed. A little bit of everything and you can create a perfect lunch or dinner!
A perfect light and spring-inspired protein option to top your salad with? Beautiful flaky and lemony tilapia! Such a classic white fish that everyone knows and loves. One of those blank-slate proteins that you can make what ever flavor you want or pair it with whatever you desire. The classic lemon, pepper, and herb combo seems fitting then, right?
Fresh and easy! Just because it's spring doesn't mean we aren't all still super busy. We may have more energy, but after a long day at work all you want is easy and delicious nourishment. Keeping it healthy and fresh is key too. What makes this Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper, & Herbs so easy is that you cook it straight from the freezer in its own parchment packet! There are two perfectly portioned servings in each box so it a great meal to share with the hubby (or wife) or you could just cook one and save the over in the box!
Now that you have your fresh spring produce and your main protein component, how about some crunchy carbs! Look no further than some homemade croutons with lemon, garlic, and herbs! Just grab your favorite gluten-free bread (I used a rye version!) cut into cubes, toss with lemon, garlic, and herbs, throw it all on the pan next to the fish and everything is done and hot at the same time as you prepare your salad!
Dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes? I think so! Fresh and easy, that get's a triple yes! A light and fresh meal to keep you excited and nourished all spring long. You'll be glowing and refreshed just like the shining spring sun, right? 😉
Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Spring Arugula Salad & Garlic Herb Croutons
Lemon Pepper Tilapia + Spring Arugula Salad & Garlic Herb Croutons
A simple spring weeknight dinner recipe for lemon pepper tilapia with a fresh arugula salad and homemade gluten-free, dairy-free garlic herb croutons! Ready in 20 minutes or less so you have time to sit down and enjoy!
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: American
- 2 Tilapia Fillets
- 2 Tsp Fresh Lemon Zest
- 1 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp Dried Dill
- 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
- 2 Slices Gluten-Free "Rye" Style Bread (cubed)
- 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp Dried Parsely
- ½ Tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 Large Carrot
- 4 Cups Arugula
- ½ Cup Sliced Yellow Bell Pepper
- ½ Cup Chopped Hearts of Palm
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- Juice of ½ Lemon
- Lemon Slices (to serve)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, combine the cubed bread, lemon juice, parsley, and garlic, mix.
- Lightly season the Tilapia fillets with the lemon zest, juice, pepper, and dried herbs before baking for about 15-18 minutes until fish is done.
- In the meantime, shave the carrot into long thin strands using a vegetable peeler, combine all veggies and lemon zest & juice in a large bowl, toss.
- Once everything is done, divide the salad and croutons onto two plates, then top each plate with a tilapia fillet and lemon slices if desired.
- Serving Size: 1
Beautiful, fresh, easy, and a meal that won't weigh you down in this bright and light season of spring! I love the bitter taste of arugula, crispy pepper, and carrot, plus that creamy bite of hearts of palm! Add on the garlicky croutons, lemon juice, and beautiful fish? That's a meal I'd eat weekly!
So tell me:
+ What's your favorite protein to add to a big salad?
+ Have you ever made your own croutons?
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