Celebrate Taco Tuesday with This Crunchy Tortilla-Stacked Salad
Tuesdays just happen to be the best excuse to throw a fiesta early in the week, but when the tacos taste this good, we celebrate 'Taco Every Day.' Today's Recipe of the Day is intended to help you celebrate 'Taco Tuesday,' but with a healthier twist, so here's a spin on the traditional dish that replaces the chorizo with a vegan beef made from beans and vegetables, swaps dairy for nut-based cheese and sour cream, and instead of holding the folded taco, we stacked the tortilla chips in between all the good stuff, so you can dive in with your fork just like a salad. With every bite, you'll experience that crispy crunchy satisfaction.
As a plant-based eater, Mexican food is one of the easiest cuisines to enjoy because there are so many veggie-friendly options like black beans, guacamole, salsa, and more. Tacos, burritos, or a simple bowl of iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, sweet corn, crisp spring onions, fresh guacamole, vegan sour cream, and a hint of spices is an easy way to load up vegetables, healthy fats (avocado), and protein (beans). If you're focused on eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, skip out on the meat crumbles and just add more vegetables. Ditch the oils, chips, cheeses, and sour cream, and you'll still have yourself a really delicious flavor-filled salad. Try cooking your vegetables in a vegetable broth base so you can still enjoy the warm, comforting part of this dish.
Avocados Are Full of Health Benefits, Including Boosting Your Immune System
Surprisingly enough, avocados may just be one of the healthiest foods you can eat. The green-oval-shaped fruit helps boost immunity, provides significant amounts of fiber and potassium (more than a banana), contains 20 different vitamins and minerals, may help lower cholesterol, and can help protect your eyes, according to studies. In fact, one study suggests that avocados are also a weight-loss-friendly food since they can make you feel full for up to five hours after eating a meal containing avocados. So, when you indulge in your taco night, don't forget the guacamole.
This recipe was created by Chef Ko of RollinGreens.
RollinGreens Taco Salad
- 1 Pouch of RollinGreens Taco Pack, or your choice of Beyond Beef crumbles
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 4 cups water
- 1 oz. Salt
- 1 bag of your favorite corn or flour tortilla chips
- 1 Roma Tomato
- 3 Sprigs Green Onion
- Dairy-Free Sour Cream
- 1 Iceberg Lettuce
- Chopped Cilantro (optional)
- ½ cup vegan mayonnaise (optional)
- ½ cup vegan ketchup (optional)
- 2 Avocados
- 1 clove Garlic
Taco Pack: (Optional)
- Add 2 cups of water and 1-2 T of oil to a pan or pot. Bring water to boil. Add taco pack contents to boiling water and stir. Reduce heat to medium. Let cook for 7-10 minutes until water evaporates, stir occasionally. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 1-2 minutes. (Feel free to use your favorite vegan beef crumbles)
- Add 1/2 cup of ketchup and mayonnaise to a small mixing bowl. Mix with a fork until blended.
- Wash avocados very well, cut in half, and into a small mixing bowl. Cut garlic and mash it into a paste with 1t salt and add to the bowl. Mash avocados until smooth.
Veg Prep & assembly:
- Wash Lettuce Leaves, Tomato, and greens onion. Dry all vegetables properly. Cut tomato into cubes. Cut lettuce and green onion into 1/4 in. slices.
- In your serving bowl or Bowls, add ½ of dressing to the bowl, and with a spoon, cover the entire inside of the bowl.
- Add a layer of chips, RollinGreens taco protein, cheese, lettuce, dressing
- Repeat two to three times or until the bowl or bowls are full. Top with dairy-free sour cream, guac, and tomatoes.