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Bold & Filling Lentil Taco Salad

30 min

Meal

Salad

The mixture of lentils, chopped walnuts, and sunflower seeds help to bulk up the salad, making it a hearty meal choice for warm summers when you couldn't be bothered to cook anything that might heat up the kitchen. The addition of homemade guacamole and the cashew lime cream make it deliciously saucy and flavourful.

Servings

Total

30 min

Prep

30 min

Contains

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tree nut

Free from

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soy

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peanut

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sesame

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gluten

Ingredients

Spice mix

  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cumin
  • ½ tsp
    salt
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper

Salad

  • 1½ cups (297 g)
    cooked brown lentils
  • ½ cup (58 g)
    raw walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup (36 g)
    roasted sunflower seeds, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    olive oil
  • 4 cups (140 g)
    romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1
    tomato, seeded & diced
  • 1
    red bell pepper, diced
  • ½
    cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup (70 g)
    corn
  • ¼ cup (34 g)
    sliced black olives

Quick guacamole

  • 1
    avocado, chopped
  • 1
    lime, juiced
  • 3
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½
    small red onion, diced

Cashew lime cream

  • ½ cup (65 g)
    raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    boiling water
  • 1
    lime, juiced

More optional toppings

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Directions

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  1. In a small jar, combine all the spices for the spice mix.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the lentils, walnuts, sunflower seeds, olive oil and 4 tsp of the spice mix. Set aside while you prepare your vegetables.
  3. In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, corn, and olives.
  4. To make the guacamole, mash all the avocado in a bowl with a fork, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Set aside.
  5. To make the cashew lime cream, combine all ingredients in a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  6. To make your salad, scoop out as much of the salad base as you would like, top it with scoops of the lentil and walnut mixture, then add any desired toppings like guacamole, sriracha, salsa, cashew lime cream or fresh cilantro. Lastly, add the crushed tortilla chips and enjoy!

Storage

  • Store components separately in air-tight containers in the fridge for up to one week.

Plate method

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Grains 0%
Proteins 24%

cooked brown lentils

raw walnuts

roasted sunflower seeds

raw cashews

Fruits & Veggies 76%

romaine lettuce

tomato

red bell pepper

cucumber

corn

sliced black olives

avocado

lime

clove garlic

small red onion

lime

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

raw walnuts

roasted sunflower seeds

olive oil

sliced black olives

avocado

raw cashews

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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