Taco Salad ~ Raw Vegan Recipe

serves 2 ~ $3.55 per serving


  • 1/4 cup walnuts ($1.00)
  • 1 large tomato ($1.00)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 head romaine ($2.30)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced ($.20)
  • 1 small jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado ($.1.00)
  • black olives ($.50)
  • green olives ($.50)

  • 4 tablespoons cashew cream ($.60) {recipe below}


  • Make the walnut taco meat first and set aside.
  • In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, pulse the walnuts, half a tomato, cumin, and salt until chopped but still a little chunky.
  • To a bed of chopped romaine, add the walnut taco meat, the other half of tomato (chopped), sliced onion, a bit of sliced jalapeno, chopped avocado, and olives. 
  • Top with a couple scoops of cashew cream.

cashew cream 

  • 1/2 cup cashews ($2.00)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice ($.20)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients in small blender until very smooth. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

nutritional information

calories: 398      fat: 30 gr      carb: 26      protein: 13

16 Responses

  1. Nia says:

    Love the cashew cream recipe ~ It's so simple!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So simple yet looks delicious! Can't wait to make this.

  3. J. Simmons says:

    Can you exchange the walnuts for another nut?

  4. Hi J. Simmons. Sure. Any nut would go well, and if you'd like to save a bit on cost, sunflower seeds could probably be substituted for some or all of the nuts.

  5. I can't wait to try this!! It looks so delicious.

  6. Chrissy says:

    This is my go to Taco Salad recipe !!!!

    Its Fantastic !!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Do you have to soak the cashews first?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I used a very scant 1/2 tsp of salt in the walnut meat and found it way too salty. Next time I will start with 1/8 tsp and add more if needed. The cashew cream is so easy and so delicious!

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is my favorite taco salad. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow!!! Does this really taste like taco salad? I love taco salad and would definitely give this a whirl. I've gotta buy your book, Lisa!!! I am making myself hungry just looking at your delicious recipes!!!

  11. I haven't made this yet, but I plan on doing it this weekend. Yum!

  12. Just a question, it seems like a lot of the recipes have what some people may consider a lot of fat. Does it matter how much fat is in each meal because the fat comes from nuts (and other whole foods)? When eating raw, would someone who wants to lose weight ever count calories? I'm so curious about this. 🙂

    • Charity, there is a lot of fat in this and some of my other recipes and in most "gourmet raw" recipes. This isn't really something I'd eat every day and most people wouldn't. But, "peel and eat three bananas" isn't a very interesting recipe. And yes, counting calories, imo, is important for weight loss .. it's what I struggle with whether raw or cooked lol.