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Bold & Filling Lentil Taco Salad

30 min



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.



30 min


30 min


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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
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper


  • 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
    medium tomato, seeded & diced
  • 1
    red bell pepper, diced
  • ½
    cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup (70 g)
    canned corn, drained
  • 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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  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!


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

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Plate method

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Grains & Starches 0%
Proteins 24%

cooked brown lentils

raw walnuts

roasted sunflower seeds

raw cashews

Fruits & Veggies 76%

romaine lettuce

medium tomato

red bell pepper


canned corn, drained

sliced black olives



clove garlic

small red onion


No significant sources of calcium

raw walnuts

roasted sunflower seeds

olive oil

sliced black olives


raw cashews

Nutrition info

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Linda - Oct. 25, 2021, 12:52 a.m.

A total hit with the whole family. This was such a pleasant surprise. I made this knowing I’d love it but I wasn’t sure my kids would as lentils have never gone down well. I’m overjoyed that this was enjoyed so much and my girls have asked for it again. It makes me so happy to find good tasty food they enjoy. Thanks again for another recipe to add to our family favourites

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 4:53 a.m.

Aw we're smiling from ear to ear! Thank you, Linda, for taking the time to share the lovely review 😊

Briana - Oct. 12, 2021, 3:19 a.m.

I’m trying to eat more vegan meals. I haven’t fully committed to being vegan (although healthy wise it’s my only option). But this meal was so good! I’m going to make it for my family.

PUL Team - Oct. 13, 2021, 2:52 a.m.

Thank you for allowing PUL to be part of your vegan journey, Briana! All the best to you and your family ✨

Uschi - Sept. 28, 2021, 1:26 p.m.

Oh wowww, what an explosion of perfectly combined aromas and textures! This salad is a source of happiness! ☀️
(Even without lettuce and when swapping the walnuts for almonds.)

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 6:39 p.m.

Woohoo! So glad the recipe was enjoyed, Uschi, thank you 🙂

Erin - Sept. 25, 2021, 6:43 a.m.

Love, love, love this one! This lentil walnut mix is super quick & easy, and I use leftovers in a wrap for lunches on the go. Although I've been a fan & follower for years, It's been a while since I've visited your website for recipes. You've created a masterpiece!

PUL Team - Sept. 26, 2021, 1:48 a.m.

Hi, Erin! Aw thanks so much for the kind words and review. It means so much to have you here 💚

Erin - Sept. 22, 2021, 4:13 p.m.

I absolutely love this salad. I used a general taco spice mix and it worked perfectly. The fresh guacamole and the cashew cream really make this salad, don't skip out on them! I think for leftovers I am going to rip the lettuce more and use rice as the base of the bowl. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is very easy and very filling!

PUL Team - Sept. 22, 2021, 10:15 p.m.

Mmm love the idea of a bowl, Erin! Thanks for taking the time to share☺️

Alina - Sept. 14, 2021, 9:54 p.m.

This is my go-to salad whenever I feel like making something that's super easy and not too heavy.
It's the perfect mix of everything. Thank you so much fo this wonderful meal!

Lorena - Sept. 8, 2021, 6:08 a.m.

Delicious and healthy salad. So easy to make!
I didn't have avocado or coriender but it still tasted so good. I didn't have the spice mix either, so used a mexican mix which is very similar.
Thank you for creating these amazing recipes!

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2021, 6:11 p.m.

Aw so glad the recipe was enjoyed with the adjustments, Lorena, thank you!

Clara - Aug. 28, 2021, 12:06 a.m.

An easy and very delicious salad recipe ! We made this at least 10 times already and it never disappoints :)) all the flavors are incredibly delicious and the different textures from the ingredients make it even better 😍 we usually add some smoked tofu to the lentil mix. It goes really well together and we get another great protein source ! I love this salad and I look forward to eating this again :))

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 11:11 p.m.

We're so thrilled to hear this, Clara, thanks a bunch for sharing! Smoked tofu is a lovely idea 😍

Taiwanese Papaya - Aug. 20, 2021, 6:45 a.m.

I love this salad! :)

Laura - Aug. 11, 2021, 1:10 p.m.

Every single time I try a new recipe on pick up limes my taste buds are having a party. I wasn't expecting to like it so much because i'm usually not the biggest lentil fan but now i've tried it, I wouldn't make this salad without the lentil-nu-spice mix. It just lifts the whole dish to a higher level. I added one tbsp of nutritional yeast to the cashew dressing which for me made a big difference. This salad is definitely worth the effort!!
Thanks Sadia ❤️

PUL Team - Aug. 11, 2021, 4:35 p.m.

Oh, Laura, this means so much! Thank you for the glowing review and support 🥰 We love the idea of adding nutritional yeast to the dressing 🤤

Robyn - July 29, 2021, 3:41 p.m.

Got my omnivore housemate to try the lentil mixture - he was so impressed he said he wouldn’t think twice if he was given that in a beef taco. Left out the cashew cream to save money but it was still one of the best salads I’ve ever had! The homemade tortilla chips are also essential in this and it was a great way of using some that are a bit too stale to use for wraps

PUL Team - July 30, 2021, 11:25 a.m.

What a compliment! Thanks for making and sharing the recipe with your roommate, Robyn 🤗

Rosalie - July 27, 2021, 4 a.m.

Superb! This salad is perfection, every element comes together so nicely and it doesn't take too long to make! I highly reccomend!

Christina - July 25, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

This recipe is amazing - it's a regular summer favorite in our household, and I recently made it for non-vegan relatives, who loved it as well. It's especially good with some Cholula, if you've got it!

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 5:21 p.m.

So happy you're enjoying the tacos, Christina 😊

Lily - July 25, 2021, 3:37 a.m.

This recipe is so tasty! She honestly is so smart with spices. That Mexican spice mix she uses in this really makes it taste so taco-y! Also not lying when they say it’s filling. Highly recommend this one!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 9:09 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Lily, thanks a bunch 🤗

Sarah - July 14, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

this was delicious! will for sure be making it again

Lotte - July 10, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

Made this tonight and the colours on my plate alone already cheered me up. And it was very tasty too! Perfect salad for the hot weather we've had here recently. Can't wait to make it again, with the cashew cream this time (I had none in my cupboard today)

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:04 a.m.

Woohoo! Thank you for the incredible review, Lotte, it means so much. Gotta love eating the rainbow 🌈

ellbell - July 5, 2021, 10:49 p.m.

Hello, Can you suggest an alternative to walnuts if I am allergic? Thank you!

PUL Team - July 7, 2021, 7:22 a.m.

Wonderful question, Ellbell! For a nut-free substitute, we'd recommend seeds, such as pumpkin seeds or more sunflower seeds. Alternatively, you could opt for no walnuts with optional additional lentils if desired 🙂 Let us know how it goes if you experiment with the recipe!

Ellbell - July 7, 2021, 4:01 p.m.

Thank you so much!

Erin - June 6, 2021, 10:32 p.m.

This recipe was absolutely delicious. I left out the corn because I'm not a fan. Making it was a breeze and I couldn't believe how comfortably full I was after! I couldn't wait until the next day so I could have it for lunch. This is one I'm going to use again and again.

PUL Team - June 7, 2021, 3:25 p.m.

We appreciate you sharing this so much, Erin! So glad you enjoyed the taco salad 🤗