Vegetarian Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing

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Vegetarian Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing

Taco salad gets a healthy makeover with my Vegetarian Taco Salad recipe! Top it with a super simple, Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing– it only tastes indulgent!

Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe - simple healthy dinner idea. / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!

I’m back again with another Mexican themed recipe.  Big surprise, huh?

Another one of my Mom’s dishes growing up was taco salad.  She made hers with kidney beans and taco meat.  If I remember correctly it also involved iceberg lettuce, bottled Catalina dressing and perhaps Doritos?  Now there is nothing wrong with that, I remember I always loved taco salad night!  No judgement if that’s your dinner tonight πŸ™‚

I’d like to offer you a way to mix it up though.  I gave my Mom’s version a healthy makeover!

It’s my Vegetarian Taco Salad recipe!

Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe - simple healthy dinner idea. / Running in a Skirt

I start with fresh veggies and a simple can of kidney beans, dressed up in some spices. You could also easily do this with tempeh or vegetarian sausage, but I find beans to be more universally appealing AND much easier to get the Hubs to eat.

The real star is the homemade Creamy Cilantro Avocado dressing.  This stuff is da bomb, friends.  And it is ridiculously easy to make.  The creaminess comes from the avocado and Greek yogurt.

Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe - simple healthy dinner idea. / Running in a Skirt

Serve it with or without cheese and tortilla chips, depending on how healthy you want to go.  I went with tortilla chips, but no cheese.

Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe - simple healthy dinner idea. / Running in a Skirt

Don’t be intimidated by the longer ingredient list, this recipe comes together in no time.  If you are really in a pinch, you can always eat the beans without sauteing them first.

Either way, this is really the perfect weekday meal.  Enjoy!

Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe - simple healthy dinner idea. / Running in a Skirt

Vegetarian Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing

Taco salad gets a healthy and vegetarian makeover!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 dinner size salads


  • 1 recipe Creamy Avocado Dressing **
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced (use other 1/2 in dressing)
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Optional sides/ toppings: tortilla chips, shredded Mexican cheese


  • In a pan over medium heat warm the coconut oil. Add the bean, chili powder, oregano and cumin. Saute for 3-5 minutes or until beans have absorbed some of the flavor. You can also serve the beans out of the can.
  • To assemble the salad, make a bed of romaine lettuce. Top with the beans. Sprinkle the rest of the toppings. Serve with chips and optional Mexican cheese.
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

Like it? I’d love for you to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you.

Vegetarian Taco Salad Recipe - simple healthy dinner idea. / Running in a Skirt


Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I have a fresh spring look for Fashion Friday.

I’m linking up with: Thinking Out Loud ThursdayMeatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Rachel Delicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY,  Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

Your turn!

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By | 2018-06-28T13:04:13-04:00 April 7th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Food, Salads, Vegetarian Meals|47 Comments


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  5. Miz Helen April 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and has been pinned to our Features Board. Hope you enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

      How exciting! Thank you so much for featuring me! You made my day.

  6. Toni Yaple April 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    This looks amazing I can’t wait to make it!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Rach's Recipes April 13, 2016 at 2:53 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m so excited to try this! I want to experiment with a combination of various cheese, what do you think would go well with it?Thanks!

  8. Rachel April 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    We love Taco Tuesday. And avocados. πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up!

    • JulieWunder April 16, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      I love tacos every day πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting.

  9. Sommer @aspicyperspective April 12, 2016 at 3:55 am - Reply

    The ingredients in this amazing taco salad look so fresh! Yummy!

  10. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition April 11, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Looks delicious! I have some cilantro so I’ll have to try that dressing, it sounds amazing!

  11. Farrah April 9, 2016 at 3:49 am - Reply

    I love how colorful and delicious your recipes always look! :D! Makes me ready for spring! :]

    • JulieWunder April 9, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Thank you! I’m totally ready… unfortunately the weather had other ideas this week.

  12. im absolutely digging the idea of avocado + cilantro dressing.

  13. you had me with that dressing..i could smear it on everything!

  14. Annmarie April 8, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

    This looks so good! My husband makes a corn, lime and cilantro “salsa” since I can’t have tomatoes and I bet it tastes similar to this! Pinned to share, thanks for linking up! πŸ™‚

  15. [email protected] April 7, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I don’t need any excuses to eat tacos or Mexican food! This salad looks divine! And I’m pretty sure I would pour that dressing over everything!

  16. runawaybridalplanner April 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Yes, Yes to all of this. This looks amazing!
    Even better, it all fits within my current stricter diet restrictions I’ve put on myself. Now I am craving for when dinner gets here, if only it wasn’t still morning, LOL

  17. Christina Bauer April 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    4 stars
    These pics are so wonderfully vibrant, I can’t wait to make this!! And that dressing sounds divine.

  18. Andrea on Vacation April 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I like your avocado dressing idea. Maybe I’ll use that with my dorito salad next time πŸ™‚

  19. Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple April 7, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Your photos are gorgeous! Love how bright and fresh this looks. Now I’m hungry….

  20. I’m all about Mexican food. This looks like such an easy, tasty meal!

  21. Mary Jean Henson April 7, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    This looks so good. Thanks for the hint about warming the beans in coconut oil infused with the herbs. That will sure add flavor to the beans. This will be dinner tonight. Keep the delicious vegetarian recipes coming. Thanks…

  22. I love taco salads and we are having that tonight! I will try your dressing πŸ™‚

  23. Heather @Fitncookies April 7, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Send that my way for lunch! I LOVE tacos, taco salads, nachos, anything to do with Mexican. I ate far too many chips and salsa while in Houston. Mexican was just everywhere! I didn’t complain, ha. I had my aunt bring a taco salad to my fourth of July party with the Doritos and cantina (is that it?) dressing. It was sooo good, but not too healthy!

  24. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy April 7, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Look at all those bright colours! That dressing is just calling my name too – I want to put that on everything.

  25. Susie @ SuzLyfe April 7, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

    It is 6 AM and now all I want is a taco salad and a giant thing of chips. This is your doing.

  26. Blane Sherer April 7, 2016 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Yep, you do love those Mexican themed recipes.

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