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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.



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30 min


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Spiced lentil walnuts

  • 1½ cups (270 g)
    cooked brown lentils
  • ½ cup (44 g)
    raw walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup (36 g)
    roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp
    chili powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground black pepper

Salad base

  • 4 cups (140 g)
    romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1
    medium tomato, seeds removed, diced
  • 1
    bell pepper, diced
  • ½
    cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup (82 g)
    canned corn, drained
  • ¼ cup (34 g)
    black olives, sliced

Cashew lime cream

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

Quick guacamole

  • 2
    avocados, chopped
  • 1
    lime, juiced
  • 3
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½
    small red onion, diced


  • 1 cup (30 g)
    tortilla chips, crushed
  • ½ cup (117 g)
    salsa (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    hot sauce (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients for the spiced lentil walnuts to a bowl. Mix and set aside.
  2. Add all the salad base ingredients to a large bowl. Toss and set aside.
  3. Add all the cashew lime cream ingredients to a small food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, and add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  4. To make the guacamole, mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Set aside.
  5. To assemble, add the salad base to the bottom of your bowl. Top with the lentil-walnut mixture, guacamole, salsa, and cashew cream. Lastly, add the crushed tortilla chips and a drizzle of hot sauce, and enjoy!


  • Store components separately in air-tight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Grains & Starches 0%
Proteins 21%

cooked brown lentils

raw walnuts

roasted sunflower seeds

raw cashews

Fruits & Veggies 79%

romaine lettuce

medium tomato

bell pepper


canned corn

black olives




clove garlic

small red onion


No significant sources of calcium

raw walnuts

roasted sunflower seeds

extra virgin olive oil

black olives

raw cashews


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José - April 22, 2024, 8:47 p.m.

The taste was amazing but the texture a bit dry, maybe next time i will cut the lettuce smaller? Do you have other tips for marrying the textures together better?

PUL Team - April 22, 2024, 10:50 p.m.

Hey there, José! Cutting the lettuce smaller could help. You could also try adding more of the cashew lime cream, guacamole, or salsa for extra moisture ☺️

José - April 24, 2024, 6:35 a.m.

Thanks! 👌🏼

Tanya Shree - March 5, 2024, 7:59 a.m.

Every bite of this lentil taco salad was so delightful. It was crunchy, slightly tangy , creamy and sooo much texture I couldn’t stop digging in for more. Needless to say this one will be making an appearance on my weekly menu.

PUL Team - March 5, 2024, 4:45 p.m.

So thrilled to hear, Tanya - thank you 🤩

Rob - Feb. 22, 2024, 5:54 p.m.

This is one of the salads for people who don't eat salads! The lentils are so full of flavour and work really well with the freshness of the cashew cream and guacamole. There's a bit of time to make all the components, but they do keep well in the fridge. We had this over two days and even the salad base had kept well. Also love the fact this can be eaten with a spoon 😂 This speaks to my after-work needs!

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2024, 1:23 a.m.

We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the lentil taco salad, Rob! It's always a plus when a salad can be enjoyed with a spoon for those busy days 😜

Lee - New Zealand - Feb. 6, 2024, 5:43 a.m.

This was so good. My meat loving husband loved it too. I could eat like this every day.

PUL Team - Feb. 7, 2024, 1:30 a.m.

Such a big compliment, Lee! Hugs to New Zealand 🤗

Lisa Schaber - Jan. 9, 2024, 7:47 p.m.

Mhmm this was so delicious, thanks for this inspiration! We added some air fried tofu! :)

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2024, 10:50 p.m.

Air fried tofu is a lively idea to add! Thanks, Lisa 😊

Charlotte - Jan. 2, 2024, 2:35 p.m.

Everything about this salad is delicious! The cashew cream gives it the creaminess of sour cream that I miss from restaurant burrito salads. The spices in the lentils are a game-changer for me though and I'll be adding these to so many other recipes.

PUL Team - Jan. 3, 2024, 11:33 p.m.

Aww we're so happy to hear, Charlotte, thank you for taking the time to share the glowing review!

Audrey - Dec. 13, 2023, 12:52 a.m.

Yum yum yum!
I’m out of both walnuts and sunflower seeds, so I used Almonds and raw cashews. I loved the crunch, and loved the ease of just mixing without having to cook it.
A note for parents (not a suggestion for PUL)- The guac was too spicy for the kids with the raw onions and garlic.

Audrey - Dec. 13, 2023, 7:10 p.m.

I came back the next day to add that the leftover guac kept in the fridge without browning! I’ve never had a homemade guac keep so well. This was just as delicious as leftovers!

PUL Team - Dec. 15, 2023, 1:07 a.m.

Awe thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with the Lentil Taco Salad and Guacamole, Audrey! Almonds and raw cashews are a lovely idea. We're so happy the guacamole kept well too 🤗

Quynh Nhu To Tuan - Dec. 1, 2023, 10:09 p.m.

This became one of my favorite salads. It takes a bit if time to prepare and assemble, so I don't make it as often. I brought this to work once and colleagues were commenting on how delicious it looked. The crux of this salad: don't skip roasting the seeds, it makes all the difference :)

PUL Team - Dec. 2, 2023, 3:31 a.m.

Oh we're so thrilled to hear, Quynh - thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the salad 🤩 happy cooking!

Swati Vetri Kumar - Nov. 21, 2023, 5:14 p.m.

It turned out delicious!!!
Very filling and still so light!

PUL Team - Nov. 21, 2023, 6:15 p.m.

Thanks, Swati! This is one of our favorite light yet filling salads 🥰

Swati Vetri Kumar - Nov. 22, 2023, 5:39 a.m.

Is there a way to post pictures here to let you know how the dish looks ?

PUL Team - Nov. 22, 2023, 6:10 a.m.

Hey Swati, we've noted down the feedback for adding pictures to the comment section. In the meantime, we'd love to see your creations on Instagram with the tag #pickuplimes or @pickuplimes. You can also join our PUL App discord to share pictures. If you'd like to join, send us an email to [email protected] 🤗

kaylin - Nov. 7, 2023, 6:48 p.m.


Erin Janda - Sept. 19, 2023, 4:14 a.m.

This is a gourmet taco salad! I love every component of this recipe. The balance of flavors is perfect. I did make one small mistake — I accidentally got cream style corn instead of whole corn. Oops! I must have been shopping a bit too quickly and misread the label. But I made it work and mixed the cream style corn with the salsa, so as not to saturate the salad mix. It worked out. Phew! I will definitely make this taco salad again. It’s an instant favorite for me!

PUL Team - Sept. 19, 2023, 7:45 a.m.

We're so thrilled that the lentil taco salad was enjoyed despite the corn, Erin! Happy cooking 😃

Stine Laybourn - Aug. 18, 2023, 10:07 p.m.

Love this! Have made it a bunch of times - so flavorful and full of different textures. And easy!

Pipa - Aug. 8, 2023, 11:54 a.m.

I frequently prepare this salad throughout the warm season; it offers a wonderful balance of flavors, satisfaction, and healthiness. Many thanks to PUL for this delightful recipe! ;-)

Jennie - Aug. 1, 2023, 1:01 p.m.

Easy, delicious, and packed with flavour!

Aamna - July 30, 2023, 7:04 p.m.

I just made this and it was delicious. I accidentally watered down the cashew sauce too much but it was still good. I made mason jar salad kits with this recipe for lunches by layering the cashew sauce, salad, walnut mix, guac and then crushed tortillas.

Diane - July 30, 2023, 4:05 a.m.

This was fantastic! Easy, delicious, and nourishing. And the bonus is that it's something we can also serve to company. I loved this so much that it inspired me to make a meal on day 2 (today) using the Spiced Lentil Walnuts. I made that again; charred a panful of shishito peppers; charred some corn & slivered onions; made a cilantro lime sauce from some leftover 'ranch dressing' I had. Wow, another fantastic meal. Thank you SO much.

PUL Team - July 30, 2023, 9:05 p.m.

Oh, Diane, you're too kind! Thank you for the glowing review. It means so much that the lentil taco salad was enjoyed 😃

Wally - June 30, 2023, 9:46 p.m.

The taco salad is a great addition to my Tex/Mex collection. I definitely heated up the lentil filling with pepper flakes. The contrast with cool lettuce is spicy, light, and refreshing. The toppings of the salad like in a taco bar are a personal choice. I like to pack the lettuce around the outside of the bowl creating a well in the center. I fill the center with warm lentil filling. Sometimes I well the center of the filling and adding my sweet potato nacho sauce. A sprinkle of diced onion and or jalapeño., a slice of avocado or guacamole, and a little cilantro. It is a meal of flavors. What I would recommend everyone try is baking a bowl with a tortilla. It is simple use a heat resistant bowl and aluminum foil. I warmed the tortilla for about 20 seconds to make the it more flexible and used the aluminum foil to hold it in place. It takes fifteen minutes baking time once flipped in the middle to attain a golden brown color. Braking the sides of the bowl and using the pieces to scoop up the salad with is fun and tasty. It can turn this salad into a conversation piece work of art.

PUL Team - July 3, 2023, 5:22 p.m.

Awe thank you so much for the glowing feedback, Wally, it means so much. Warming the tortilla sounds lovely 🤗

Tereza Ruzickova - June 28, 2023, 10:15 p.m.

😍😍😍 so good!!!!

Anna - June 20, 2023, 8:49 p.m.

Love this! On regular rotation at my house when it's hot. I am often lazy (lol) and sub veg ground bee'f instead of the walnut/lentil mix. Where is the recipe for the lemon drink???

PUL Team - June 21, 2023, 7:19 p.m.

Hey Anna, oh it's just lemon water 😂 we tried to make it look fancy by giving the cup a sugar rim 😜

Anna - June 21, 2023, 7:48 p.m.

Awesome! Thank you!

Verneda Troyer - June 15, 2023, 4:52 a.m.

Love the versatility of this salad, & the flavors of the lentil walnut base are fantastic! Great meal prep option!
I used up some store bought cilantro lime dressing instead of making the cashew topping, but hope to try it out the next time I make this salad!

Megan - June 8, 2023, 2:45 a.m.

This is the best summer southwest salad! I'll be making it all season long.

Nadia S - May 28, 2023, 9:55 p.m.

This has been my go to salad for lunch and picnic since summer 2019 and my husband and I enjoy this very much especially during the summer. Every time I make it, it brings back some fun memories to us during summer 2019 back when enjoyed picnics very often.
I just made this a little bit ago for our holiday/birthday weekend family get together happening shortly and wanted to pop in here and show my appreciation for this recipe. ALSO, I LOVE the serving adjustment feature to know how much of each ingredient I need.

PUL Team - May 29, 2023, 6:18 p.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear, Nadia!Thank you for sharing your experience with the taco salad 🤗

Lillith Walker - Feb. 12, 2023, 3:20 a.m.

Another meal hit right out of the park! We all devoured it. The only changes I made were to the Cashew Lime Cream as the only flavors of the cream were the cashews and the lime. Therefore I added some vegan sour cream, vegan mayo, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika - in fact it was so good, and so smooth that it also doubled as a dip for the chips. Thanks for another great dinner PUL team!

PUL Team - Feb. 12, 2023, 5:35 p.m.

Mmm the Cashew Lime Cream makeover sounds delicious 🤤 Thank you, Lillith!

Martunia - Jan. 23, 2023, 8 p.m.

I had this salad in the summer and I made it again now and it tastes just as good in the winter. Homemade salsa with loads of garlic turns this dish into a super healthy cold-busting remedy, too. And it's so easy to make!

PUL Team - Jan. 25, 2023, 4:40 p.m.

It means so much, Martunia! We hope you feel better soon if you have a cold 😃

Liv - Oct. 9, 2022, 1:15 p.m.

Wow, this was so very good. My whole family absolutely loved the salad! Will definitely make this again <33

PUL Team - Oct. 9, 2022, 10:50 p.m.

So thrilled it was enjoyed, Liv, thank you!

Mimi - Sept. 5, 2022, 1:17 a.m.

Not awesome, but good. I think the base of the salad could have used a bit more seasoning to make the individual flavors stand out. I also think fresh roasted corn would have made a real difference, too (like another reviewer added). I'll make it again, but next time I might toss the base in a very light vinaigrette.

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2022, 4:37 a.m.

Hey Mimi, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it. Our intention was to have the cashew lime cream act as a dressing since we find it's packed with flavour. The optional toppings also boost the flavour if used. We appreciate the feedback to help us grow and improve in any case 🙂

Kara - July 27, 2022, 3:31 a.m.

This recipe is seriously so, so good. I roasted the corn since I had a couple cobs in the fridge and it was elite. Fresh, spicy, crunchy, creamy, all the good things. This will likely become part of our regular meal rotation!

PUL Team - July 28, 2022, 7:22 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Kara, we're so happy to hear!

Debbie - July 9, 2022, 3:32 p.m.

This is one of my all time favourite salads, it's absolutely delicious and so healthy that I feel amazing after eating it. I meal prep the parts of the salad so I can have it three days in a row and it's super quick to assemble on the second and third day. Thanks so much for this recipe, I love it!

PUL Team - July 10, 2022, 5:18 p.m.

We appreciate it so much, Debbie, and are so glad the recipe is being enjoyed 😃

Ema - July 7, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

Delicious, delicious, delicious. Thank you very much. I’m sharing your journey for more than 2 years and tested almost all recipes. All delicious, thank you so much for teaching us how to eat better and feel better. Love and Light!

PUL Team - July 8, 2022, 12:39 a.m.

Oh it means so much, Ema, thank you! Wishing you an abundance of health and wellness 🤗

Enia - June 21, 2022, 12:03 a.m.

It was sooo delicious!
I didn't add guacamole, since I don't like avocados, so I doubled the cashew cream.
It was just perfect.

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 4:09 p.m.

A lovely modification, Enia, thank you!

Aurora - June 14, 2022, 11:01 p.m.


Erica - June 9, 2022, 6:52 p.m.

The nuts and seeds combined with the lentils is soooo good! Thanks for giving new inspiration to a classic Mexican dish!

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 11:47 p.m.

Aw we're so happy the dish is being enjoyed, Erica!

Agathe - April 16, 2022, 11:05 a.m.

hello PUL ! I don't have cashews on hand, what can I use instead of the cashew Cream ?

PUL Team - April 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.

Hey Agathe, the cashews serve to help thicken the sauce so you could use an alternative nut or seed, such as almonds, in its place if desired.

In any case, the cashew cream sauce can be omitted or substituted with another flavourful topping such as fresh lime juice, vegan sour cream, salsa, or hot sauce. We hope you enjoy it 😃

Sasha - March 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.

So versatile!!

imsen - Feb. 15, 2022, 5:05 p.m.

This salad was delicious and filling. I especially loved the dressing and the the spices on the turkey. I have mad ethos twice in one week because it was so good. I highly recommend it! :)

PUL Team - Feb. 15, 2022, 9:22 p.m.

Hey Imsen, we're glad the recipe is being enjoyed :)

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 🤗