This salad has an almost nacho feel to it. Need to get the family back on board with the salad thing? This is a pretty good trick. It’s got a walnut and carrot mixture that ends up a little like a ground beef substitute. Not in that, “close your eyes and pretend it’s meat” thing, but a texture you might enjoy with a new taste that doesn’t make you feel like you’re cheating on your veggie love.
I serve this with our “Nacho Cheezy Sauce” over the top and it’s pretty great. I also sometimes sneak this walnut and carrot “meat” into corn tortillas to make tacos, but most of the time I stand at the blender and eat it with a spoon. I know… That’s wrong. Sometimes things just happen that way.
Yields: Makes 2 Large Servings
2 large heads of romaine
4 tomatoes, diced (or salsa)
2 bell peppers, diced
2 cobs of corn, cut
3/4 cup carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 c walnut, soaked 2 hours
½ c dehydrated or sundried tomatoes, soaked 30 minutes, save water
1/2 c finely chopped yellow onion
1 tsp. cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup sun-dried tomato water (or more to blend)
1 medium zucchini, peeled and diced
3 pieces of dehydrated red pepper (best) or 3 Tbsp. fresh red pepper
1 lime, juiced
4 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1-2 small dates (depending on your tastes and size of date)
1/8-1/4 tsp. chili powder (depending how spicy you want it)
1/2 tsp. psyllium powder
1Arrange salad ingredients over 2 large bowls.
2In a food processor, combine all the walnut meat ingredients. Start with only 1 garlic clove if desired.
3Pulse chop until combined and it has a meaty texture.
4Spoon walnut mixture over salads.
5Top with Nacho Cheezy Sauce, tomato salsa, red pepper salsa or any other dressing of choice.
1In a Vitamix, add the zucchini, red pepper, lime, nutritional yeast, one date, 1/8 tsp. chili powder and dash of salt. Turn on low and use the tamper to push the zucchini down into the blade. (Or combine in a food processor) Blend until smooth.
2Taste. If it's not sweet enough add another date. If it's not spicy enough add 1/8 more of chili powder.
3Taste. Add more spice if desired. Add psyllium powder and combine again to thicken.