top down view of vegan taco salad with healthy walnut taco meat.

5 from 3 reviews

Fresh and healthy, this Vegan Taco Salad with raw walnut taco meat, colorful veggies and cilantro-lime sour cream is simple, refreshing and will leave you feeling terrific!


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Walnut Taco Meat

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne
  • salt + pepper, to taste

Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 23 hours
  • 1/4 cup water, give or take
  • 1 small lime, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • few sprigs cilantro
  • pinch of mineral salt

Taco Salad

  • 2 heads romaine, chopped
  • 1/2 cup handful grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bell peppers (any color), diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed and sliced or diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • pepitas, to garnish
  • lime wedges, to serve
  • sliced avocado, to serve


Walnut Taco Meat:

  • Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until coarse and chunky. Don’t over blend or it will become a spread, pate like consistency. For pictures on how-to see Walnut Meat (4 ways).

Serves 3

Cilantro Lime Sour Cream:

  • Soak your cashews in at least 1 cup cool water for 2 – 3 hours or 1 cup hot water for 5 min. Drain well.
  • Add ingredients to blender or food processor, blend/process, scraping down the sides every now and then until smooth. Add extra water 1 tablespoon at a time if needed. For thicker cream use less water. For a thinner, pourable cream use more water.

Makes 1 cup, serves 8

Assemble taco salad:

  • In individual bowls, add romaine, and top with corn, bell pepper, tomatoes, and walnut taco meat. Use as much as you like of anything.
  • Serve with a few juicy limes as your dressing.
  • Add a dollop of cream or a drizzle depending on how thick or thin your cream is.

Serves 2 – 3

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Nutritional information is calculated with the walnut meat and salad ingredients only. For nutritional information on the sour cream, see this Basic Cashew Sour Cream Recipe.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.