Vegan Taco Salad
This vegan taco salad features delicious lentil taco meat, tortilla chips, avocado, tomato, corn, beans and quick and easy vegan sour cream. It’s easily customizable to whatever you have available and can be meal prepped for a quick lunch on-the-go.
Best Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients
There are so many ways you can go with a taco salad! Here are some ingredients you can play around with:
- Lentil taco meat. I mixed up a quick batch of lentil taco “meat” to give some oomph to the salad. We’ll go over how to make it below.
- Romaine lettuce. You’ll need a good, crunchy base for your salad. Romaine works well for this.
- Corn. You can do plain corn, roasted corn, grilled corn or corn salsa.
- Beans. Black beans or pinto beans work best! Refried beans are also delicious. Instead of corn and beans, you could also just use my black bean corn salad.
- Avocado. Go with diced avocado or a big scoop of guacamole. You can’t go wrong either way.
- Onion. Go with chopped green onion or red onion. Both add a nice, tangy flavour and some crunchy texture.
- Tomato. I don’t love tomato in taco salads but if you do, go for it. Go with fresh, chopped tomato or swap it out for a scoop of your favourite salsa. Pico de gallo is good too!
- Sauce. So many choices! I made vegan sour cream and a spicy chipotle sauce but vegan queso or avocado sauce are also delicious.
- Tortilla chips. I like a couple crushed tortilla chips in my taco salads. I think they’re a key ingredient. You can simply crush up some store-bought tortilla chips, or make your own crispy tortilla strips.
- Extra veggies. To add more veggies, try grated carrots and diced bell peppers.
How to Make Lentil Taco Meat
To make lentil taco meat you’ll need 2 cups of cooked green or brown lentils. To cook the lentils:
- Bring 2.25 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized sauce pan.
- Reduce heat, add 1 cup of dry brown or green lentils, cover and reduce to a light simmer.
- Cook for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
While the lentils finish cooking, you can begin making the lentil taco meat recipe. To make the taco “meat”, add 1 cup of diced white onion to a skillet with 1/2 cup of water and all the spices. Once you’ve cooked that up, add the now cooked lentils and mix well. Heat for another few minutes until everything is mixed together. You may need a little additional water or vegetable broth if it seems a bit dry.
How to Make Vegan Sour Cream
To make the sour cream, you’ll need 1/2 cup of soft tofu and a blender or immersion blender. You could also just whisk it with a fork but a blender will produce a smoother result. I made just enough for the recipe but you can easily double it and use any leftovers in other recipes.
Mix the tofu with apple cider vinegar, lemon and garlic powder and enjoy as an alternative to tofu!
In addition to the sour cream, I also made some spicy chipotle sauce. If you want to try it, blend 1/2 cup of soft tofu with 1 chipotle pepper in adobo and 1 tsp of the sauce. Add 2 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp maple syrup and a pinch of salt and enjoy as an additional topping.
Homemade Tortilla Chips
You can use any kind of tortilla chips or crackers or this recipe but I wanted to share a quick, easy and healthy way to make your own chips! To make your own tortilla chips:
- Turn the oven on to broil.
- Cut corn tortillas into triangles.
- Place them on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt, pepper and if desired, other spices like paprika and onion powder.
- Broil until crispy, flipping once and taking care not to burn them – they’ll burn quickly once they turn brown so watch carefully! They only take a few minutes per side.
Vegan Taco Salad Recipe
This lentil taco salad is easy to make, full of nutrition, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free and high in protein. Enjoy as is or customize with additional ingredients like grated carrot, bell peppers, red onion or cilantro. Topped with an easy tofu-based sour cream, you’ll love this hearty, filling plant-based salad!
More Vegan Salads
Loving this taco salad? You might like these too:
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Beet Walnut Salad
- Lentil Quinoa Bowl
- Black Bean Corn Salad (can also be added to this one)
- Vegan Fajitas
Leftover lentils can be used to make lentil tostadas or added to recipes like brown rice burrito bowl, breakfast tacos, breakfast burritos or any other Mexican-inspired dish. If you have extra sour cream it also works well with any of those recipes or it could be served over stuffed sweet potatoes.Print
For the Lentil Taco Meat
- 2 cups cooked green or brown lentils
- 1 cup finely diced white onion
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and cumin
- 1/2 tsp each oregano, paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the Tofu Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup soft tofu
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- pinch of sea salt
For the Salad
- romaine lettuce
- diced avocado
- diced tomato
- black beans, pinto beans or refried beans
- To make the lentil taco filling, add the diced onion and spices to a skillet with a few tablespoons of the water. Cook for 5 minutes over medium-high heat until soft and fragrant. Add the cooked lentils and the rest of the water and cook for a few more minutes until the lentils are heated through and coated in the spices. If needed, add a bit of extra water if it starts to dry out.
- To make the tofu sour cream, blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
- To assemble the salads, add a handful of romaine lettuce to a bowl then top with avocado, tomato, corn and beans. Add a couple tablespoons and about 1/2 cup of the lentil mixture to each salad.
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