Quinoa Taco Salad with Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #quinoa #taco #salad #lunch #dinner

Quinoa Taco Salad with Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing

Quinoa Taco Salad with Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #quinoa #taco #salad #lunch #dinner

Today’s Quinoa Taco Salad recipe is one that’s been on my ever-growing “must-share” list since last Spring. I may have gotten a little distracted by n’ice cream and sparkling peach cocktails these last few months (oops!), but Aaron and I have been enjoying variations of these vegan taco salad bowls on repeat all the while because they just never get old.

The base is made of protein-packed red quinoa and black beans, plus some fresh pico de gallo that I always add to our weekly Terra’s Kitchen meal kit deliveries. If you’re not familiar with pico de gallo (aka salsa fresca), it has chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, and jalapeños, and it’s seasoned with sea salt and lime juice. It’s a great way to add more flavor to your usual grain and bean bowls.

Because the pico de gallo is light and spicy, I like to balance it with a richer, creamy dressing. My go-to is a simple 4-ingredient recipe that I make in my blender from cashews, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and lime. I usually just toss in a raw clove of garlic to keep it extra easy, but if you’d prefer a more mellow flavor, you can slice your garlic and give it a quick sauté in some olive oil before blending.

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Feel free to assemble your quinoa taco salad however you like—we add sliced romaine, avocado, and scallions, plus a handful of chopped cilantro (extra cilantro for me)—but whatever you do, don’t skip the crispy baked tortilla strips! They are too good. In fact, you may even want to make a double batch of them because if you’re anything like Aaron and me, half of your tortilla strips won’t even make it past the baking sheet.



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Quinoa Taco Salad with Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing

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Quinoa Taco Salad with Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing

Vegan, Gluten Free,

Serves: 4


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This easy Quinoa Taco Salad has protein-rich red quinoa and black beans, fresh pico de gallo salsa fresca, creamy avocado, and crunchy baked tortilla strips. It's dressed in a simple 4-ingredient Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing.

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Quinoa Taco Salad with Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing

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Ingredients

For the garlicky cashew cream dressing:

  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 1 medium clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

For the taco salad:

  • 2 corn tortillas, thinly sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa, seasoned with sea salt & pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup prepared pico de gallo
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • lime wedges, for serving

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

This easy Quinoa Taco Salad has protein-rich red quinoa and black beans, fresh pico de gallo salsa fresca, creamy avocado, and crunchy baked tortilla strips. It's dressed in a simple 4-ingredient Garlicky Cashew Cream Dressing.

Instructions

  • Make the Garlicky Cashew Cream dressing: In a high speed blender, blend all of the ingredients until very smooth. Chill until ready to use.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the tortilla strips with a small pour of olive oil and a few pinches of sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  • Assemble the taco salad: In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa, black beans, and pico de gallo. Divide the quinoa mixture, romaine, avocado, and tortillas strips between four bowls. Top with cilantro, scallions, and drizzle with Garlicky Cashew Cream dressing. Serve with lime wedges.

Notes [3]

I recommend using a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix, to make the dressing.

If you’d prefer a more mellow garlic flavor in your dressing, slice the clove of garlic and cook it in a little olive oil until golden before blending it with the other ingredients.

The dressing recipe makes a little extra. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge to use on more grain and bean bowls, tacos, or use it as a dip for raw veggies.

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  1. Leslie says

    This garlic cashew cream dressing sounds amazing! I’ve been on the lookout for a new dressing and yours is so easy, I have no excuse not to make it. 😉

    1. Thanks, Leslie! We use that garlicky cashew cream on everything. It’s really good mixed with salsa too!

  2. Katherine says

    I’m always up for a good taco salad and I always make them with a base of beans and corn. I’ll definitely try your quinoa base with pico de gallo and black beans. Thanks for the inspiration to try something new!

    1. Happy to provide the inspiration, Katherine! If you wanted to, you could add corn to this too. I bet it would be a good addition!

  3. Michelle T. says

    I am SO making this, Amanda!

    1. Awesome! Let me know what you think.

  4. Henry says

    Beautiful photography you two.

  5. Katie says

    My first time checking out your blog after admiring your Instagram since forever. This recipe is right up my alley! (I should have clicked over sooner obvi)

    1. So glad you clicked over, Katie! Welcome. 🙂

  6. Mary Beth says

    I get so excited when I see your weekly email come through. Thanks for yet another easy recipe! I’m planning to make this for dinner tonight. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for being an email subscriber! I hope you loved the salad.

  7. Alli says

    I’m making this tonight!

    1. Nice! Feel free to let me know how it turned out. 🙂

  8. Lucy says

    I made this recipe with one slight modification. I substituted fresh pineapple juice for the oil in the dressing. This is a delicious simple meal full of flavor depths.

    1. Wow, what an interesting substitution! I so curious to try that.

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