Taco Salad with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
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Taco Salad with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”

A few months ago, I saw Beth from Tasty Yummies post tacos with raw walnut “meat” on her Instagram account. I was immediately intrigued and knew that I needed to try it out.

The “meat” is insanely easy to put together, and it has an incredible depth of flavor. My husband and I were really wowed by it – the combination of spices totally makes it taste like taco meat!

Taco Salad with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”

I served the “meat” on top of some romaine lettuce, topped with sliced radishes from my garden (first time growing them – success!), raw onions, tomato, avocado and cilantro. I drizzled Smokey Tomato Vinaigrette all over the top and dinner was served.

It was absolutely delicious, but I will say that it wasn’t super filling. Next time, I think I need to add some beans or rice or something a little more filling to go alongside this “meat”. It would work for lunch, but was a little too light for dinner for us.

I’ll definitely be making this again! It’s a great alternative to the standard ground meat taco dishes we’ve eaten for years!

Taco Salad with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”

Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
Tasty Yummies

1 1/2 cups raw walnuts (soaked for 2 to 4 hours)
2 teaspoons tamari or gluten-free soy sauce*
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground garlic powder
pinch of ground cayenne or chipotle
sea salt to taste

Add everything to your food processor and pulse/process until well combined, but still a tad chunky, you are looking for the texture of taco meat (roughly ground).

*Optional – use Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce)

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

One Comment

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I’ve heard about this “walnut meat” before but have yet to give it a try! It looks so good in these tacos. Definitely something I need to try out.

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