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Taco Salad with a Vegan/Vegetarian Topping Option - PiperCooks
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Taco Salad

Quick, easy and fresh weeknight dinner. Try the chickpea taco topping for a vegan/vegetarian option. I use my own homemade Taco Seasoning Mix and Avocado Cilantro Salad Dressing. Skip the tortillas chips and beans/corn for a low carb dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: dinner, salad, taco, taco salad, taco seasoning mix
Servings: 4
Calories: 207kcal


Taco Salad Meat Topping

  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, turkey or chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup water plus 1 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch if you want a saucier mixture

Chickpea Taco Salad Topping

For the Salad

  • lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, black beans, bell peppers, cucumbers, corn, pickled red onions, salsa, sour cream or the salad toppings of your choice
  • Shredded Cheese for topping
  • Avocado Cilantro Salad Dressing or other dressing of your choice for vegetarian


For the Meat Taco Salad Topping

  • Heat a frying pan over medium. Add the ground meat and cook until browned.
  • Add the tomato paste and spice mix and cook for a minute or so.
  • Add the water, heat until bubbling and then turn down to simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the water cooks off. (Optionally, you can add one cup of water mixed with one tablespoon of cornstarch, stir and simmer a further 10 minutes for a saucier mixture)
  • Build your salad by starting with lettuce. Add the taco topping and the other vegetables of your choice. Add Avocado Cilantro Salad Dressing, shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Serve.

For the Chickpea Taco Salad Topping

  • Empty chickpeas into abowl. Use a fork and break up the chickpeas. Do not mash them, justbreak them up a bit.
  • Heat a frying pan overmedium. Add the chickpeas and cook until crispy.
  • Add the tomato paste andspice mix and cook for a minute or so.
  • Add the water, heat untilbubbling and then turn down to simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes oruntil most of the water cooks off.
  • Build your salad bystarting with lettuce. Add the chickpea taco mix and the othervegetables of your choice. Add dressing (vegan dressing if needed),cheese (vegan cheese if needed) and tortilla chips. Serve.


*Nutritional information is an estimate and intended for informational purposes only, and not to be used as medical or dietary advice. The estimate on this card is per serving and for the ground meat mixture.
The estimated calories for the chickpea topping, per serving, is 90 calories.


Calories: 207kcal