Featured Recipe: Vegan Taco Salad

I just made the easiest, yummiest, vegan taco salad ever. EVER.  I have this huge collection of vegan links on Pinterest, and I am committed to working my way through them and fleshing out the best ones. The Vegan Taco Salad belongs in the best of collection.

Let’s break the recipe down a bit:

First: It might seem strange to use chickpeas in a taco salad . Why not use black beans? Well, I think you could use black beans, and I might use them in future versions. However, the chickpeas work! Trust me on this one. I made the taco seasoning mix the author links to in her recipe and used it to season the chickpeas as directed. It was fabulous and tasted very much like you would expect a taco salad to taste like.

Second: I bought canned chopped tomatoes. The recipe calls for a fresh tomato, but I hate chopping up tomatoes. I think a canned, pre-chopped tomato works just fine. Do what makes you happy here.

Third: Having chopped tomatoes and salsa is not too much tomato. I bought freshly made salsa from the grocery store. It works well alongside the guacamole.

The glorious salad

The glorious salad

Finally: There is no dressing for this salad, and you do not need it. The tomato. salsa, and guacamole solves the need for dressing. I considered buying vegan sour cream. If you like vegan sour cream, it would probably work well. I think it’s just ok so I decided to pass. I didn’t miss it. You’ll also notice from the picture that I served my salad in a flour tortilla which is different from the recipe. When I made the salad again the next day, I chose not to use the shell. The salad itself was plenty. But making a fun baked shell to serve the salad in is kinda fun. I dipped it in my leftover salsa.

You can also use the chickpeas for other things. My recommendation is to make an entire can of the chickpeas. Store the leftovers. The next day, you can throw them onto a warmed tortilla and add salsa, tomatoes, etc…and that works very well. This chickpea sandwich that was born from this may be my new go to lunch recipe for awhile.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anita Boeira
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 12:36:15

    Chickpeas are one of those underrated food items, but they are so flavorful and make a lot of meals better! I have chickpeas on my dinner menu this week! I’m making couscous!

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  2. Mindy
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 16:56:12

    This looks really good! I always put chickpeas on my salads when I’m out at a buffet.

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  3. Lindsay @ Fit & Awesome
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 18:03:03

    Yum! I make a similar taco salad all the time. But I use ground beef instead of beans. 🙂

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  4. GiGi Eats
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 18:34:11

    I love salads that don’t need dressing because they are already so flavorful on their own!

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  5. AlexandraFunFit
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 00:09:27

    I actually love chickpeas. Black beans are okay, but I prefer chickpeas. And baby chicks. But not to eat.

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  6. Rae @ coveredinchalk
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 02:54:27

    I love chickpeas but don’t make them very often since I am usually sticking pretty close to Paleo. But every now and then I get a legume craving so this is great – I love taco salad but have never tried it with chickpeas – great idea.

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  8. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Jan 08, 2015 @ 12:34:15

    Featured Recipe: Vegan Taco Salad http://t.co/pXUUeAYJEz #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag

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