We enjoy taco salad on a regular basis, and it is a great way for everyone to make their own customized salad. Just like tacos, you can set up an assembly line so that you can pick and choose as you go. This salad is so flavorful and filling, and I think I make it different every time. Sometimes we even use Doritos instead of regular tortilla chips.
~ Vegetarian crumbles (we like Morningstar Farms – you can purchase plain crumbles and season them with Taco seasoning, or buy preseasoned crumbles)
~ Tortilla chips
~ Lettuce (I usually get organic romaine hearts), shredded
~ Tomatoes (I prefer grape tomatoes, halved)
~ Sour cream
~ Shredded cheese (taco / Mexican blend)
~ Black Olives (sliced)
~ Taco seasoning
~ Optional: hot sauce, cilantro, guacamole, jalapeños, etc.
I start by heating up the crumbles. You can pan fry them in oil, or you can microwave them. For regular plain crumbles, I add taco seasoning, but you can also find pre-flavored crumbles. MorningStar Farms has great Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles, so we use those or these Grillers Crumbles with taco seasoning.
This salad can be whatever size and ratios of ingredients you like. These are just suggestions!
To assemble your salad, start by crumbling a handful tortilla chips in the bottom of a bowl. My daughter likes to use Doritos sometimes. I prefer organic tortilla chips.
Next, add your shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. This is usually the largest portion of the salad, and the rest will be toppings that I mix in.
Sprinkle with meatless crumbles and shredded cheese.
Add any other items you might like, including olives, sour cream, guacamole, and so on. Mix together and enjoy!
We enjoy this with hot sauce on top!
parisFebruary 11, 2020
Looks so good! Thank you for sharing! My husband has been talking about transitioning into a vegetarian and this is something quick and easy!
Sara MertabanFebruary 11, 2020
That looks delicious! I love a good hearty and healthy salad
Cyndi BuchananFebruary 11, 2020
This looks delicious! I’ve tried that meat substitute for tacos. My kids didn’t know the difference.
Kristine Nicole AlessandraFebruary 11, 2020
I want to try those veggie crumbles. I promised to choose healthier meals this year and this salad is a perfect choice. I love that you can just add/mix any other veggies you wish!
LauraFebruary 13, 2020
Yuuuuummy! OOH this sounds so delicious!
Rikki RidgewayFebruary 13, 2020
I am so hungry, and now I want a taco salad – because, to be honest, this sounds amazingly delicious!
ciaraFebruary 14, 2020
Great idea for taco Tuesday
vidyaFebruary 15, 2020
have never used or thought of using those veggie crumbles before.. certainly looks interesting.. thank you
Tiffanie A WestgorFebruary 16, 2020
This looks delicious! I love that it is vegetarian friendly!
Raymond SkjærstadMarch 14, 2020
This is so delicious! Thanks.
CarmenApril 2, 2022
I like eating taco salad. I’ve never tried it with hot sauce on top, so I’ll have to try that the next time I make one.
AngelApril 5, 2022
This looks so yummy! I gotta try it tomorrow 😋
BerniceApril 6, 2022
YUM, my mouth is watering and I can’t wait to make this for lunch tomorrow. I have all the ingredients ready to go.
The Sudden CookApril 6, 2022
Looks wonderful! Def something to introduce into family weeknight dinners:)
JillApril 7, 2022
Thanks for this recipe! Its such a great salad for quick and easy lunch during the week!
AgnieszkaApril 7, 2022
Great flavors in this salad. You won’t miss the meat!
AddieApril 8, 2022
This was such a great lunch! Easy to make and way better than takeout. Yum!
bethFebruary 23, 2023
The hot sauce on top is an awesome flavor addition. This will definitely be a repeat in the house.
KarenFebruary 23, 2023
The salad looks so so good! I love fresh green salads and usually have them daily. I can’t wait to make your recipe, it is very easy to follow.
Myrah DuqueFebruary 23, 2023
I love it! My husband is a vegetarian so I am always looking for new recipes and this Vegetarian Taco Salad is perfect. I particularly like the Morningstar Griller crumbles.
Yeah LifestyleFebruary 23, 2023
This is such a great idea. I am always looking for easy meal ideas that the whole family will enjoy. This would work really well!
Rhian WestburyFebruary 23, 2023
Such a nice combination of ingredients, and it shows that you don’t always have to have meat. I need to make myself a taco salad x
Paula RichieFebruary 24, 2023
I wonder if my vegan family would want to try this recipe. I’ll try adding tofu.
RoseyFebruary 24, 2023
I always like vegetarian taco salads. it’s not as filling as the meat salads and makes me feel better.
Jupiter HadleyFebruary 24, 2023
This is such a healthy twist on a taco! Sounds very light and refreshing too, thank you for sharing your recipe.
RoseyFebruary 24, 2023
Vegetarian taco salad is good. It’s lighter than the meat taco salads.
Unconventional KiraFebruary 27, 2023
Now this looks absolutely delightful. I’d definitely recreate this as I’ve been having a lot of light lunches these few weeks