Walnut Taco Salad

Recipe: Walnut Taco Salad

This salad offers a variety of textures and flavors and is quick and easy to put together. It has crisp romaine lettuce piled with corn, black beans, tomato, avocado, and smoky walnut “taco meat”, and is finished off with a drizzle of cashew-lime cream. The star of the dish, the walnut, is one of my Top 10 beauty foods. Avocados and cashews offer vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps keep skin smooth and may reduce the risk of cataracts. Serve this dish with lime wedges and crispy tortilla strips or chips for even more flavor.

 

Ingredients:

For the walnut taco meat:

1 cup walnuts

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1⁄2 teaspoon cumin

1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder

1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder

For the cashew lime cream:

1⁄2 cup cashews, soaked in hot water for at least 1 hour and drained

1 tablespoon lime juice

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

For the rest of the salad:

2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced

2 cups corn

1 avocado, diced

Optional lime wedges and corn tortilla strips, for serving

Instructions:

In a food processor, combine walnuts, soy sauce, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pulse a few times until the walnuts are crumbled, but still chunky.

In a high-speed blender, combine soaked cashews, lime juice, salt, and about 1⁄4 cup water. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding more water if needed.

In a large bowl, combine lettuce, black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, and avocado. Top each portion with a scoop of the walnut “taco meat” and drizzle with the cashew-lime cream. Serve with lime wedges and tortilla strips if desired.

Yields: 6 servings

Per serving: 371 calories, 14 g protein, 37.2 g carbohydrates, 14.2 g fiber, 7.8 g sugars, 21.7 g fat, 2.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 620 mg sodium, 133.8 mg calcium, 0.3 g omega-3 fats, 18676.1 IU vitamin A, 20.6 mg vitamin C, 0.7 mg vitamin E, 4.9 mg iron, 0.65 mg zinc

Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D.,
is the author of THE BEAUTY DIET and STRONG, SLIM, and 30! For more of Lisa’s Beauty Bites, visit www.lisadrayer.com.

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