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!