Vegan Taco Salad

Walnut taco meat, cashew-chipotle sour cream and skillet street corn meet creamy avocado, black beans, juicy tomato (and more!) in this delicious vegan taco salad.

Vegan Taco Salad | Homegrown ProvisionsMove over Chipotle. No glorified burrito bowls here. Only the most delicious, nutritious and “sure-to-satisfy-any-taco-craving” ingredients make up this one-bowl wonder. This vegan taco salad is the real deal. But to be honest, I do eat my fair share of Chipotle veggie burrito bowls. And there ain’t no shame in that.

Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients | Homegrown ProvisionsBut back to this vegan taco salad! Easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes, this amped up salad gets a check plus, plus from the taco gods.

Vegan Taco Salad | Homegrown ProvisionsLet’s break it down. First off, walnut taco meat. Have you tried it? Oh my, it’s good. My first taste of “I can’t believe I’m just now finding out about walnut taco meat” was back a few years ago, when I tried a potato crisps recipe from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. Ever since then, I was hooked!

Walnut "Taco Meat" | Homegrown ProvisionsLoaded with spices like chile, cuminchipotle and smoked paprika, you’d never guess that something so delicious could come from the humble walnut. Not to mention that walnuts are high in the omega-3 essential fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid. Hello, anti-inflammatory properties!

Vegan Taco Salad with Skillet Corn | Homegrown ProvisionsThen there’s the cashew-chipotle sour cream. Deeeeelish! Jalapeños, fresh squeezed lime juice, chipotle and tahini are just some of the incredible ingredients give this little number so.much.flavor. Drizzle a little (or a lot) atop your salad for an incredible flavor boost.

Vegan Taco Salad | Homegrown ProvisionsHave you ever had Mexican street corn (a.k.a. elotes)? Traditionally drenched in mayo and cojita cheese, corn speaks for itself in this dish with a simple lime juice-jalapeño concoction. Skillet cooked street corn then gets tossed in with salad greensfilling black beans, creamy avocado slices, juicy tomatoes, and radishes.

Vegan Taco Salad | www.homegrownprovisions.comThis salad is a big ol’ bowl of delicious, healthy indulgence. It’s loaded with superfoods, protein and fiber. It’s comforting, filling and fresh. It’s just what you need.

WARNING! This salad won’t last long around taco lovers. And if you’re in the mood for more healthy indulgences, be sure to check out this recipe for cauliflower tacos with spicy sauce. Enjoy!

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Vegan Taco Salad | Homegrown Provisions

Vegan Taco Salad

  • Author: Homegrown Provisions
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

Walnut Taco Meat

  • 1 cup walnuts, soaked in water (soak for at least 1 hour and up to 8), drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp of salt (plus more to taste)

Cashew-Chipotle Sour Cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water (soaked for at least 1 hour and up to 8), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 8 tbsp of water (plus more as needed)

Skillet Street Corn

  • 2 ears of corn, kernels stripped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Salad

  • salad greens of choice (I used spring mix)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut lengthwise
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large ripe avocado, sliced
  • radishes, sliced (optional, for garnish)
  • limes (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

Walnut Taco Meat

  1. Place all walnut taco meat ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined and walnuts are crumbly (resembling taco meat filling).
  2. Add salt to taste.

Cashew-Chipotle Sour Cream

  1. Add all ingredients except for lime juice and water in a food processor and whirl away until mixture comes together. It will be a bit on the dry side at this point.
  2. Stream in the 8 tbsp of water and lime juice to achieve a creamy consistency.
  3. Add more water (tbsp by tbsp) as you wish to achieve a thinner cream.

Skillet Street Corn

  1. In a cast iron skillet, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add in corn kernels, jalapeño, lime juice, salt and chipotle powder.
  3. Saute for roughly 5 minutes or so. Remove from heat.

Assembly

  1. Add a nice bed of salad greens to each bowl.
  2. Top your vegan taco salad with black beans, skillet street corn, walnut taco meat, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, radishes and other garnish of your choice.
  3. Drizzle or dollop cashew-chipotle sour cream on top. Dig in!

Notes

No time to soak walnuts? No problem! Simply add all taco meat ingredients (including non-soaked walnuts) in a food processor and pulse away. Add in 2 tbsp of olive oil to achieve a less dry consistency. Taco meat will not “come together” as easily and may be a bit crumbly, but will still taste amazing!
Soaking the cashews makes a huge difference in the consistency of the sour cream. But if you forget this step or don’t have time, have no fear! You can still make the sour cream as indicated, the consistency will just be more grainy. The cashew-chipotle sour cream will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jacob

    April 13, 2017

    Wow!!! This truly is a dish that brings amazing individual components into one. Each ingredient is delicious as is, once you put them all together you get a taco fiesta!

  2. Reply

    Kinga

    September 24, 2017

    Hi there. Love this recipe! Thank you! Would you have the nutritional information available that you would be willing to share with me and on your site?

    • Reply

      Shannon

      September 26, 2017

      Hi Kinga! Thanks for your question and for the wonderful feedback! I’m thrilled to hear you love the recipe. I don’t include nutritional facts with my recipes, as it is my goal to encourage readers to focus on enhancing their diet through whole foods, plant-based recipes rather than all the numbers. Although, there’s certainly a time and a place for nutrition facts! If you are working on specific goals in which you would find nutritional data helpful, hop on over to http://www.myfitnesspal.com or Very Well to add a recipe to the database.

  3. Reply

    Jill

    October 24, 2018

    The walnut meat is amazing!

    • Reply

      Shannon

      October 25, 2018

      Thank you so much, Jill! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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