I have always loved taco salads, especially the kind with lots of guacamole but after going vegan I kind of forgot about them and turned to tacos or Spanish romaine wraps to get my fix. One day I was in the kitchen soaking some sun dried tomatoes to make a marinara sauce and for some reason taco salads came to mind.
The next evening, after a little inspiration from the nut patties I found at the Raw Freedom Community, a raw taco salad was born. The raw taco salad pictured is one of my most basic: Romaine, taco filling, guacamole, salsa, and seed sour cream.
But I encourage you to be creative!
I usually add some fresh corn from the cob, shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots and radishes to my raw taco salad. Some other ideas include peas, spinach, spring mix, jalapenos, celery pieces, olives, and mushrooms. Aside from the salad base you’ll want to make taco filling, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Despite the components necessary this is a fast and super satisfying meal my entire family loves!
For the Taco Filling:
- 1 cup walnuts, soaked at least 2 hours
- 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked until very soft
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 Tbsp Cumin
- Pinch of Cayenne
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ Tsp salt (optional)
- ¼ cup of the tomato soak water as needed for consistency (you may or may not need any at all so be careful!)
In a food processor whir the walnuts into small chunks. Add the sundried tomatoes and other ingredients and whir until blended but while still holding some texture to it (you don’t want a pate). Don’t add water unless you have to in order to reach a “meaty’ consistency. Set aside in the fridge while making the other condiments of your choice.
Seed Sour Cream:
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 Tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tsp onion powder (optional)
- 6 Tbsp water or more if needed
Simply blend everything to a creamy consistency. Added more lemon or apple cider vinegar for a tarter flavor, add onion or garlic powder to add a more tangy flavor if you prefer.
Now that you have the raw taco salad base, taco filling and seed sour cream ready you can put together a quick guac by mashing an avocado with lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper, and some crushed garlic or onions. Salsa is easy by dicing a couple tomatoes, some jalapeno, and some garlic. Toss together with a little citrus juice and you are in business.
If you’ve got all of the ingredients together it shouldn’t take longer than about 30 minutes to put together so don’t let the steps overwhelm you. Enjoy! I’d love to ear how it turns out…