Amazing {RAW} Taco Salad Recipe

So, I've keeping this delicious, quick and easy recipe all to myself. Shame on me for being so selfish. Because you neeeeeeed this. Really, you do. And since it's the season for giving, I'm going to share it with you right now. You're welcome :) 

Oh, and I did not invent this. There are many variations of this goodness if you do a quick google/pinterest search, but this is the recipe I follow. It's based on Kimberly Snyder's raw gorilla taco recipe

And don't tell anyone, but this may be the healthiest taco salad you will ever eat in your life. As long as you don't eat truckloads of it because, no matter how healthy something is, overeating is just as harmful as eating junk. Just a little fyi for ya there. 

What makes this goodness so healthy? First of all, the saturated fat laden cheese and beef are given vegan replacements. Nutritional yeast, full of B vitamins that provide lots of energy for your cells and keeps your hair shiny and healthy, replaces the standard, mucus-forming, hard-to-digest dairy cheese and omega-3, protein and vitamin E rich walnuts take the place of the meat {you can thank me later Mr. Moo Cow :)} Those vegan substitutes coupled with the fresh, crunchy {local&organic} vegetables make this one sexy salad. Ow ow! 

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Raw Taco Salad Recipe

Serves 3

Walnut Taco "Meat" {Neat? Nut Meat?!}

1 cup raw walnuts (soaked and sprouted for easier digestibility)

1/2 tbsp. cumin

1/4 tbsp. coriander

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

cayenne (if you're feeling extra spicy!)

1 tbsp. low-sodium tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

Directions:

1. Pulse walnuts in food processor until a bit chunky

2. Scrape the ground nuts into a bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients

3. Try not to die at that absolute yumminess of it all :)

Homemade Guacamole 

1-2 large avocados

1/2 lime

1 garlic clove

handful of chopped tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

cilantro

Directions:

1. Mash avocado with fork in a bowl. Squirt in lime juice. 

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix it up

3. Enjoy!

Salad

your favorite greens (I go for the local baby lettuces at Whole Foods mixed with the baby dino kale)

tomatoes

cucumbers

bell peppers

homemade or no-sugar added salsa of choice

cilantro

nutritional yeast

Directions:

1. Assemble your favorite greens in a big ol' salad bowl

2. Add veggies of choice

3. Scoop a big serving of walnut meat on top

4. Add a scoop of guacamole

5. Spoon some salsa on

6. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a cheesy hit of B vitamins and cilantro for the freshness

7. Serve with your favorite organic tortilla chips or gluten free crackers

8. Enjoy!! {with a margarita if needed ;)}

So good right?!