Vegan Taco Salad

I enjoy a delicious taco salad.  It’s one of my favorite things to get at the local fair in August.  I made this cleaned-up, healthier version that I hope you’ll enjoy!  I feel like I’m really indulging when I pack it in my school lunch, but it’s so good for me!

Also, you’ll notice that I made my own taco seasoning.  It’s very simple and inexpensive.  You’ll have more left over for family taco night and I’m guessing you won’t be buying those packets any more!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

2 ears corn, kernels cut off

8 oz. tempeh, cubed

1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon taco seasoning (see recipe below)

8 oz. romaine lettuce salad

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced

sprinkling of nutritional yeast

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 lime, sliced for garnish (optional)

1 bag tortilla chips  (optional – choose a good brand such as RW Garcia)

salsa or pico de gallo substitute for dressing (optional – if you don’t make your own, go for a good brand like Green Mountain Gringo)


Homemade Taco Seasoning:


2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp cumin
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper

1.  Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and store in an airtight container

Taco Salad Methods
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add corn kernels and tempeh, and saute another 2 minutes, or until corn is tender. Add beans,  taco seasoning and 1 tablespoon water and saute another minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly or until room temperature.

Place lettuce in a large serving bowl. Pile tempeh mixture on top. Arrange avocado, tomatoes, nutritional yeast, and cilantro on top of tempeh mixture. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with chips.



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