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Fiesta Salmon Rice Bowls

Dinner is served with these delicious Fiesta Salmon Rice Bowls complete with a corn and bean salad, cilantro lime rice, and perfectly cooked salmon filets. We know you’ll love this rice bowl recipe.

We’re big fans of meals in bowls over here on Fit Foodie Finds, which is why our go-to dinner most nice is a rice bowl! Whether it’s this fiesta salmon rice bowl or this Mediterranean vegan buddha bowl or this delicious vegetarian harvest grain bowl, you can’t go wrong with a rice bowl for dinner.

What is a Rice Bowl?

A rice bowl is a balanced meal served over any kind of rice. Oftentimes rice bowls are composed of rice, a vegetable, a protein, and toppings.

Rice bowls are an excellent meal-prep recipe if you’re hoping to prep food for lunches and/or dinners to save time and money.

Components of a Rice Bowl

Before we jump into our Fiesta Salmon Rice Bowl, I thought I’d dive deeper into the components of any rice bowl so that you can take this recipe and make it your own.

  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Fried rice

Can’t do rice? Try a different grain such as quinoa, farro, or couscous.

rice ready to be mixed with cilantro and lime in a bowl

All About this EPIC Fiesta Salmon Rice Bowl

These fiesta salmon rice bowls are bright, colorful, delicious, and packed with healthy ingredients! Plus, they can be easily meal prepped for healthy lunches or dinners throughout the week.

The elements of these salmon bowls are simple to prepare and enjoy but know that nothing is set in stone with the recipe (much like ALL of our bowl recipes!). You can absolutely sub in other ingredients you have on hand when the bowl mood strikes. These fiesta salmon bowls combine:

  1. Salmon filets
  2. Cilantro lime rice
  3. Corn and bean salad
  4. Toppings: sliced avocado, fresh cilantro, dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream

The salmon in this recipe is super simple. It’s made with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. You really can’t go wrong.

We’re sharing a few ways to cook your salmon filets below so that you can make these bowls at your convenience:

We thought we’d take this bowl up a notch and give it some “fiesta” inspiration –> cilantro lime rice. It’s limey, packed with fresh cilantro, and has the perfect amount of salt.

When it comes to this cilantro lime rice, feel free to use white or brown rice, whichever you prefer! We like the bite that brown rice has and we love starchy long-grain white rice, it’s a classic! But what is the difference between the two?

  • Brown Rice: Brown rice comes in a long grain or a short grain! It is a whole grain that still has it’s nutritious germ and fibrous bran! It tends to have a little bit more of an earthy flavor.
  • White Rice: White rice also comes in many different shapes and sizes. The main difference between white rice and brown rice is that the white rice is stripped of its bran and germ. White rice has less fiber and is a bit easier to digest!

No matter what type of rice you choose, they both taste great in these fiesta salmon bowls.

raw salmon filets being brushed with olive oil

A rice bowl isn’t a rice bowl without the toppings. We whipped together a super simple corn and bean salad by combining corn, black beans, and red onion.

Other Mexican-inspired toppings include:

  • Avocado (instead avocado you can use homemade guacamole)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream/Greek yogurt

Yes! In fact, you can double, triple, or even 1/2 or 1/4 this recipe to your heart’s content. It’s great for meal prep for the week.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with prepping a batch of these fiesta salmon bowls for the week or whipping up a single-serve at a moment’s notice.

If you’re looking to meal prep these bowls and then eat them throughout the week, simply store in air-tight containers in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

Pro Tip: wait to add the fresh sliced avocado and dollop of Greek yogurt til you’re about to serve these bowls!

completed fiesta salmon rice bowl with a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips
fiesta salmon rice bowls

Fiesta Salmon Rice Bowl Recipe

This fresh and tasty fiesta salmon rice bowl recipe is made with perfectly cooked salmon, cilantro lime rice, a corn salad, and fresh avocado.

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 40 minutesTotal: 1 hour

Fat 32

Carbs 59

Protein 38

Yield 4 1x



  • 4 6-oz. skin-on salmon fillets
  • 2–3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cups uncooked long-grain white rice (or long-grain brown rice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (not packed)
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or more, to taste)


  • 1 15-oz. can corn, drained and rinsed (or 1 ½ cups frozen corn)
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ large red onion, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large avocados
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt/sour cream
  • Optional: chips
  1. First, prepare the salmon by patting the filets dry with a piece of paper towel.
  2. Next, bake, pan fry, or grill you salmon.
  3. Prepare cilantro lime rice by following the directions HERE.
  4. Next, add corn, black beans, and red onion to a medium-sized bowl and mix well.
  5. Evenly, distribute around ½ cup of the corn mixture into each bowl (you will have leftovers)
  6. Place a serving of cooked salmon into each bowl. Then, slice 2 large avocados and add half an avocado to each bowl.
  7. Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt together in a bowl and drizzle over each bowl.
  8. Finally, serve with Greek yogurt/sour cream and your favorite chips.

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Calories: 649
Sugar: 5
Sodium: 829
Fat: 32
Carbohydrates: 59
Fiber: 13
Protein: 38

Author: Category: BowlsMethod: GrillCuisine: Mexican

Keywords: fiesta salmon bowls

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