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Baked Tilapia with an Avocado and Tomato Salad

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Spring is here!

With spring comes the SUN but also a craving for some light, moist fish and bright red, juicy cherry tomatoes! Well, at least for me. ūüėČ

This quick meal is great for a Sunday afternoon when your chore list includes: 5 loads of laundry, cleaning the car after a long winter, and picking up some groceries. This has been Erica-tested-Erica-approved.


Baked Tilapia with an Avocado & Tomato Salad

Servings: 2

Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 Tilapia fillet
  • 1 small diced avocado
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • Baby Spinach (handful)
  • Olive oil

 pinches and dashes of:

  • Black pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Parsley



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine the diced avocado, ¬†cherry tomatoes, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, a dash of black pepper and garlic powder. Set aside. Don’t be afraid of a little brown in your avocado…it still tastes delicious! I sometimes add a squeeze of lemon juice to an avocado mixture to help it keep from browning.
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Cut the tilapia fillet in 4 equal size pieces and lay on parchment paper.
  5. Take pinches of black pepper, parsley, paprika, and garlic powder and sprinkle them over the fillets. Then spoon a little olive oil over the fillets.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes. I kept mine in for 15 minutes but it also depends on the thickness of your fillets. The olive oil will help to keep them moist.
  7. Once fillets are done, take them out and let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Take a plate and lay a handful of spinach in the middle of the plate, top with two pieces of the fillet, spoon the tomato and avocado salad on top.
  9. Enjoy!

















Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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