Big Vegan Taco Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1-2
Creamy Green Sauce
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup parsley (cilantro would work, too)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Taco Meat
  • 1 cup walnuts, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
Taco Salad
  • 4 cups chopped lettuce (I used mixed greens)
  • ⅔ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup corn
  • ¼ cup cooked black beans
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup salsa
  • Handful of crushed tortilla chips (optional)
Creamy Green Sauce
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Taco Meat
  1. Drain walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes.
  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until combined, and still a bit chunky. Set aside.
Taco Salad
  1. On one large plate or 2 medium-sized plates, add your lettuce, quinoa, red onion, taco meat, corn, the black beans, cherry tomatoes and salsa.
  2. Drizzle on a heavy amount of dressing, sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips, if desired, and dig in! If you have any left over, the dressing should last in the fridge for 4-5 days.
*Make this recipe gluten-free by omitting the tortilla chips (or using a gluten-free variety).
Recipe by Vegan Recipes from Cassie Howard at