Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad

by Erin

This colorful vegetarian taco salad comes together in minutes. Quinoa, black beans, corn and kale will fill you up while the spicy avocado dressing satisfies the taste buds

Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad 1

I go through phases with my food cravings and lately it has consisted of arugula, kale, Mexican food, and ice cream. So why not combine two of them in this healthier taco salad? Other than the quinoa, this vegetarian salad requires no cooking and comes together very quickly making it a great salad for lunch or a weeknight dinner to beat the lingering summer heat. It’s made even healthier by serving it in a bowl of purple cabbage leaves. Crunchy like a tortilla without the guilt. As a bonus it even looks pretty!

Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad 2

One year ago: Mixed Berry Slab Pie

Two years ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake


Serves 4



1 avocado

1 small jalapeno, seeded

2 cloves garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup water


1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

4 cups chopped fresh kale

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup corn

1/4 cup roasted pepitas

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper

8 purple cabbage leaves

1/2 cup plantain chips


  1. Cook quinoa as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend avocado, jalapeno, garlic, lemon juice, and water until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, kale, black beans, corn, pepitas, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Create 4 bowls by placing 2 cabbage leaves into each serving bowl. Divide kale mixture among bowls and top with dressing and plantain chips.

Source: Adapted slightly from Women’s Health, April 2014.


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Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen August 28, 2014 - 10:59 am

Love the addition of plantain chips in here. Yum!

Baby June August 28, 2014 - 8:57 am

That looks great! I love taco salad, this vegetarian version sounds lovely. :)

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) August 28, 2014 - 8:24 am

This salad looks absolutely incredible!!


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