Easy Walnut Meat Tacos

Serves 4

Preparation: 20 minutes preparation, plus 30 minutes for soaking walnuts

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Easy Walnut Meat Tacos

Walnuts can be a great meat substitute when processed with the right spices. Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, they’re also really healthy.


The "meat"
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • ¼ cup oil-free sun dried tomatoes, soaked till soft (about 30 mins)
  • 2 tablespoons of namashoyu (raw soy sauce), tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste
The salsa
  • 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¾ cup pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup coriander (U.S Cilantro), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of red onion, diced fine
  • 1 fresh lime
  • Flaky sea salt & cracked black pepper to season
The sour cream
  • This is a standard, basic recipe, but it works a treat
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (use a little extra lemon if you can’t find this)
  • 5 tablespoons of water
  • 1 pinch of flaky sea salt
The extras
  • 10 cos lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Chopped coriander
  • Lime wedges


  1. To make the walnut "meat": Chop up the tomatoes, then whizz everything in a food processer till the walnuts are crumbly and resemble mince
  2. Be careful not to over-whizz or you’ll get walnut butter!
  3. To make the salsa: Combine everything in a bowl
  4. Squeeze the lime juice over the top
  5. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper
  6. To make the sour cream: Blend sour cream ingredients till nice and creamy.
  7. The Assembly
    • Use your lettuce leaves as taco shells
    • Spoon a few tablespoons or more of walnut mix into the centre
    • Spoon some salsa over the top
    • Top with sliced avocado
    • Drizzle with sour cream
    • Decorate with coriander leaves
    • Devour!

Recipe and photo credit: Ascension Kitchen

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