Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad

I was inspired to make this amazing cauliflower lentil taco salad after watching one of my favorite cooking shows – “How to Live to 100” starring my friend Jason Wrobel. If you haven’t seen this show on Cooking Channel yet, it’s a must see! Jason combines some serious nutrition knowledge, with comedy and a very endearing story line. It’s like Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” gone plant-based – SO AWESOME.

Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad

On the show, Jason made tacos… but I decided to take his recipe another direction. I changed a few ingredients and made a big bad a$$ salad! I used sprouted lentils from Tru Roots, because they take less than 5 mins to cook and digest really well. You certainly can use any type of regular lentil or bean, but I love going the sprouted route when I can. This salad is filling, full of flavor and perfect to feed a crowd if you double or triple the recipe. Best of all? It’s so easy to make! 

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Food Babe's Cauliflower Taco Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sprouted lentils
  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and broken into small bite size florets
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ cup of your favorite tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 large head of romaine
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 1 avocado cut in slices
  • sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. For the taco filling: Rinse the lentils and drain well.
  2. Combine the lentils and 3 cups water in a small saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes (or 5 mins if you are using sprouted).
  4. Drain off excess water and set the lentils aside.
  5. Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or chop by hand with a knife until reduced to pieces the size of rice grains.
  6. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. Add the onions and jalapenos and cook until the onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Add the cauliflower, garlic, 2 teaspoons of the chili powder, 1 teaspoon of the cumin and cook for 4 minutes.
  9. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook until the cauliflower is tender, another 3 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked lentils to the cauliflower mixture. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin. Stir in the salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes more to blend the flavors.
  11. Combine with chopped cilantro and place mixture over romaine leaves
  12. Top with fresh lime juice, avocado and/or sour cream

 

This recipe is now a mainstay over in my household. I love freezing leftovers for taco “meat” on demand. Hope you love this recipe as much as we do and share it with your family and friends. 

Xo, 

Vani 

P.S. I had a chance to catch up with Jason again last weekend at the Everyday Health and Wellness Conference in Fairfax, VA. I love the fact that he is from Detroit – a city that I spent a lot of time in and absolutely miss! 

Jason Wrobel and Vani Hari

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89 Responses to “Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad”

  1. Melissa

    Amazing!

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  2. Dena

    I made this tonight and it was delicious!!! Unfortunately, my kids didn’t like it but I think I will put less chili pepper and jalapenos next time, since it was a little spicy for them.

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  3. Maria Corrons

    I just made it and its absolutely delicious! I used two teaspoons of chili powder instead of four.
    Thank you for the recipe!

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  4. Patti

    Made it tonight. Excellent. I used mild jalapeños and burritos.

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  5. taf

    I concur, this one is a true keeper.. and sprouted lentils where have you been all my life..??

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  6. Tari

    Everyone who tried this absolutely loved it! Even my “vegan food sucks” kid loved it. He ate his in a flour tortilla. The only changes I made were cutting the salt in half, using four garlic cloves instead of two, using a Serrano pepper instead of a jalapeno and sauteing with water instead of the oil. We’re going to use this in a layered Mexican dip as the “meat” next time I make it. So good! This will definitely be a regular in our rotation from now on!

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  7. Susan

    I just made your Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad. It was so delious, what a wonderfully healthy toco filling alternative !

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  8. Elle Davis

    This is absolutely delicious. My spouse and I had it for dinner. We have plenty for leftovers.

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  9. Tamara KW Muccia

    I want to make this for a friend but she does not like cauliflower. Any substitution ideas?

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  10. colynn

    Loved this recipe! My husband said he didn’t miss the meat at all!! It was so good!! Vani, thanks for the recipes and all that you do!!!!!

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  11. Jazmine Marquez

    Thanks Vani. This was delicious!

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  12. Elizabeth

    Thanks for the dinner idea! I’m going to make this tonight. It looks so good. I’m also a huge JWro fan! :)

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  13. Beth

    Sounds great! Can you provide the nutritional content and calorie count per serving?

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  14. deme f

    I would love to know the fat and calorie intake?

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  15. Herbalchef

    WOW! I just finished making this delicious “taco filling”. I am doing a 21 day detox cleanse and cannot have meat so I’ve been looking for good dinner options. I can have lentils but I’ve never cooked them before! I made on slight change in that I make my own spice blends and seasonings professionally. I make a Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning that is clean (organic, no salt, no msg, no fillers, no sugar) I substituted that teaspoon for teaspoon of the seasonings in the recipe. I cannot wait until dinner to dig in! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Pamela

    Wow! That was amazing! I added no chili or pepper and the kids loved it! New family favorite.

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