Ultra-Easy Vegan Taco Salad

Ultra-Easy Vegan Taco Salad #vegan #glutenfree

I went through this crazy taco salad phase a couple of months ago, right around my 27th birthday.

No matter what I prepared for dinner, what marvelous things I baked for the blog, or the fabulous meals we enjoyed at restaurants, all I felt like eating was taco salad.

Instead of shutting out my cravings with a handful of hemp seeds and a protein shake (nothing against these things but averting craving by distracting myself with other foods rarely works) I embraced my love of all things taco salad and tried to come up with healthy taco salad recipes.

Then, just as fast as it had come on, the craving was gone.

The silver lining of it all? I’m crazy skilled in making a bunch of different types of taco salads.

Here’s my favorite…

Ultra-Easy Vegan Taco Salad #vegan #glutenfree

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Ultra-Easy Vegan Taco Salad
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 1
 
A healthy, homemade, quick and easy vegan taco salad recipe. Made with chickpeas instead of nuts, seeds or soy.
Ingredients
Taco "meat"
  • ½ white onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix
Guacamole
  • ½ avocado flesh, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Salad Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 3 (15 grams) corn chips, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Add sliced onion and water to a medium-sized saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until onions are softened.
  2. Add chickpeas and taco seasoning and reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered for another 2-3 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, add guacamole ingredients to a small bowl and mash with a fork to combine. Set aside.
  4. Pile all of the salad ingredients in a bowl. Top with guacamole and taco "meat".
Notes
This recipe serves 1 person. Feel free to double up on the recipe if you need to feed more.

I used chickpeas because they hold well together when pan-frying. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Edamame may be really good, too!

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Add sliced onion and water to a medium-sized saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until onions are softened.

Add chickpeas and taco seasoning and reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered for another 2-3 minutes, until heated through.

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Meanwhile, add guacamole ingredients to a small bowl and mash with a fork to combine. Set aside.

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Pile all of the salad ingredients in a bowl. Top with guacamole and taco “meat”.

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I deal with cravings, you deal with cravings.

What are some of the strangest cravings you’ve ever had?

Have you tried to silence your cravings with other things in hopes of shutting them up only for them to get stronger?

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  1. I was vegan when pregnant with first child and began to crave eggs then after birth of third child started having INTENSE fish cravings (hadn’t eaten fish in 20 years) and also cinnamon. My cinnamon craving left abrubptly after about a year but I’ve continued to eat some fish since then as I believe My body was telling me I had some real deficiencies.

  2. I made this for lunch yesterday, and it’s fantastic! Thank you! My strongest cravings came during my preparation for a bodybuilding competition. I craved foods that I don’t even normally like! It must be like pregnancy :) except I didn’t get to eat the food! I normally crave peanut butter, almond butter, peanuts, pistachios…I LOVE nuts and nut butters!

    • That’s so interesting… perhaps because you knew that you couldn’t have them? I went through the same thing when I went gluten-free. I couldn’t STOP thinking about gluten!

  3. I followed your recipe and made this dish last night – delicious! It was very easy to make. Thank you very much!!

  4. My mom and I had this last night, and it was great!! We added a little smoked paprika to our chickpea “meat.”
    Thank you for a great recipe!

  5. I made this tonight for dinner and it was better than I expected. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I used dried tomatoes on my husband’s salad but not mine. I didn’t have salsa either so I used home made taco sauce. Then I mixed some of the taco seasoning with Daiya cheese and it was a nice addition. I didn’t have cilantro or lime just but I did use lemon juice and it was good. The chickpeas with onion and taco seasoning went so well in this dish. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing Leanne.

  6. I was diagnosed with additional food allergies last week (was already off dairy, now I have to steer clear of yeast, caffeine and citrus) and I have been craving everything that I know I can’t have.

    On a positive note, however, last night I had a craving for peppermint ice cream (in the middle of winter, what on earth is wrong with me?), so I jumped in the kitchen and made myself a batch of peppermint coconut ice cream, with spinach for the green color! Never have I ever been so happy, than when I was eating that freshly churned ice cream, straight out of the ice cream machine!

  7. I “suffer” from cravings from time to time – ignoring them always makes me want “it” more! I have found that if I make the healthiest possible version of whatever it is, my craving subsides and I still feel good about myself. When I give in to a processed food to satisfy the craving, even though it may taste good, mentally I’m beating myself and the next day feel hungover, never a good situation. So thank you for this delicious recipe can’t wait to try with the family using lentils!

  8. I’m so with you about trying to cover up cravings!!! doesn’t work, I actually did a post on it a few weeks back about why I was getting them so strong ad how I stopped it! … and I’m also obsessed with taco salads lol that is one craving I have NO problem giving in to.

    • Oh I’d LOVE to read the post, Kaycee! Feel free to drop in the comments here so that others can read it, too :)

  9. This looks delicious! Definitely pinning for future use. The strangest craving I’ve ever had was an insatiable craving for shrimp, completely out of the blue. I really believe our body tells us what it needs, so I’m sure there was some nutrient deficiency going on, but it was so strange! Usually I’m just craving chocolate :)

    • That’s SO true, Megan. I’m sure that your shrimp craving was your body telling you that it needed something!

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