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Salad with romaine, lentil taco meat, kidney beans, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and a creamy dressing.

Vegan Taco Salad

  • Author: Laurel Perry
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan Taco Salad is a weeknight dinner recipe that is full of flavors and textures! Lentil "meat" beefs up this salad turning it into a meal.


Units Scale
  • 1 head romaine, chopped
  • 1 (15) oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

For the Lentil Taco Meat:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced onion


To make the taco meat:

Add the oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the lentils and seasonings. Sauté until the lentils are warmed through and the spices are fragrant. 

For the dressing:

Add the cashews, water, ketchup, vinegar, salt and pepper into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in the pickle relish and onion.

To serve:

Form an assembly line with the lettuce, lentil taco meat, beans, toppings, tortilla chips and dressing. Let everyone build their own bowl and enjoy!


Storage: Store leftovers separately in the fridge for 3-5 days. Stir the dressing, reheat the lentils on the stove or in the microwave, and assemble your salad.


  • Serving Size: 1/6th recipe
  • Calories: 506
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 778mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 80g
  • Fiber: 30g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: lettuce, lentil taco meat, kidney beans, tortilla chips, tomatoes, green onions, thousand island dressing, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free