This Yummy Raw Walnut Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing is flavorful and nutrient dense. The vegan taco meat in this recipe could be used for tacos, on a baked potato, on a pizza, and even in a breakfast burrito.
I’m always in the mood for tacos, but I’m not always up for preparing them. So, when I figured out a way to have tacos without having to make tacos, I did a happy dance in my kitchen. If you ever felt like the delicious flavors of a taco all rolled into a salad, then you will love this Yummy Raw Walnut Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing.
There is something pleasing about creating a fast meal during the hot summer months without firing up all the pots and pans in the kitchen. The secret flavor weapon in this salad is the walnut meat made with sundried tomatoes, Simple Homemade Date Syrup (or a date), and a blend of spices.
What is vegan taco meat made of?
Prepackaged plant based taco meat is often made with a lot of salt and other additives. This vegan taco meat recipe is made of 10 whole food ingredients:
- Raw walnuts
- Sundried tomatoes (no oil)
- Aminos (coconut or regular)
- Smoked paprika
- Ground cumin
- Chili powder
- Date (or Simple Homemade Date Syrup)
More about the vegan taco meat in this Yummy Raw Walnut Taco Salad. . .
With a portion size of about ¼ of a cup, this vegan taco meat may appear small, it's big in flavor. Therefore, you just need a little to give this salad that spicy-sweet kick. Walnuts provide you with healthy omega 6 and 3 essential fatty acids. But a little goes a long way. Walnuts are calorie-dense, so if weight loss is a goal, stick to the portion size of this recipe.
The other toppings and dressing
This salad has all your favorite taco toppings like pinto beans, tomatoes, roasted corn, bell peppers, and onions. The oil-free Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing has silken tofu, cilantro, fresh lime juice and a melody of spices brings this salad together. This creamy dressing complements the spicy-sweet walnut meat and creates an explosion of flavors that will have you throw out the idea that salads are boring. Lastly, the oven-baked corn tortilla gives this salad a beautiful crunch. This salad is fast and easy to put together and will undoubtedly be a crowd-pleaser.
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