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Healthy Taco Salad

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"Yummy, yummy taco salad!"

Serves 2 to 3 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 10 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Taco salad is so good, but this is the healthier version of that!

Ingredients You'll Need

2 corn tortillas, sliced into strips
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 medium head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup shredded red cabbage
½ cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
2 red radishes, thinly sliced
½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes and/or pico de gallo
1 avocado, sliced
Jalapeno slices, optional
Cilantro Lime Dressing, the creamy avocado variation
Sea salt
Lime wedges, for serving
Shiitake Taco “Meat”

Taco Meat
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and diced
1 cup crushed walnuts
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the tortilla strips with a tiny bit of olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Spread onto the sheet and bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until crispy.

2. Make the Shiitake Taco “Meat”: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring only occasionally, until they begin to brown and soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the walnuts and lightly toast for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tamari and the chili powder. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir again. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Assemble the salad with the romaine lettuce, cabbage, black beans, taco meat, radishes, tomatoes, avocado, jalapenos, if using, and generous dollops of cilantro lime avocado dressing. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve with lime wedges and extra dressing on the side.

Pairs Well With

This taco salad would go amazing with some avocado on the side!

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