In my post for Tempeh Taco Crumbles, I promised this post would be a special taco salad recipe, and it is.
Way back in the day when I was in grade 5, I was on a 5-pin bowling team. One of my friends, who's mom was our teacher, was also in the league. At the end of the season the league had a potluck banquet and her mom brought this dish. My mom asked for the recipe and it has been a family favorite ever since. Wherever you are Mrs. Walsh, thank you.
Of course, I have made it vegan which means a few changes, but it is still as good as the original. This recipe makes a large batch and doesn't keep well. If I am making it for just hubby and I, I will divide the beans, taco crumbles, black olives, etc in half and store half the fridge overnight. I use the refrigerated half to make a new batch the next night. The dressing will make everything soggy so you don't want leftovers after it has been mixed.
VEGAN TACO SALAD
1 head Iceberg or Romaine Lettuce, coarse chopped
1 batch of Tempeh Taco Crumbles, or 2 cups vegan fiesta flavored burger crumbles of your choice
1 -14 oz can Black Olives, drained and sliced
1 cup Celery, chopped
1 - 14 oz can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
4-5 Green Onions, sliced including greens
2 C shredded vegan Cheddar (I use 1 pkg Daiya)
**If you are making a full family sized batch use the largest mixing bowl you have. My mom used to use her water bath canner as a large mixing bowl. If making a half batch for two people - a large stainless steel mixing bowl works fine. Remember to half everything for the smaller batch.
1. In the mixing bowl combine everything except for the salad dressing. If the chips are large crush them a little in your hands. You don't want the pieces too small though. Reserve a few chips for garnish. Toss to mix well.
|(Ready for dressing and chips)|
2. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Again, just half the bottle if making a half batch.
3. Divide into serving bowls or onto plates and garnish with a few whole chips and a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper if desired.
- Bon Appetit
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