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vegan + high protein taco salad

Updated: Dec 24, 2021

A quick, healthy, and super filling meal! Perfect for after a workout as one of these salads has roughly 41 grams of protein! All the people who ask vegans where they get their protein are suddenly quiet now lmao ;) I'm not vegan but eat about 85% plant-based (I still eat fish but have cut out chicken and turkey recently). I tried out the new Lightlife Plant-based Ground in place of ground chicken or turkey and was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't taste like ground meat but has its own unique flavor that I am a fan of. Also, this meal is top-8 allergen friendly!!! However, if you have nut allergies, it's important to make sure that pea protein is safe for you before trying a pea protein-based meat alternative like the Lightlife one.


Makes 4 servings

Total time: 15 minutes


-1 package of Lightlife Plant-based Ground (Beyond vegan ground meat or any veggie ground meat crumbles are other good alternatives)

-2 bell peppers

-1 bag of baby spinach/salad mix of choice

-4 cups of kale/broccoli slaw

-1 can of refried vegan pinto beans

-1 can of black beans

-1/2 sweet onion

-1 tbsp olive oil

-3 tbsp water

-your favorite salsa (also guac/avocado would be amazing I just didn't have any)

-1 package of low sodium taco seasoning (or use your own seasonings if u fancy)



1. In a pan over medium heat, drizzle your olive oil and add your chopped sweet onion.

2. Once the onion becomes translucent, add your plant-based ground meat and break it up with a spatula into small bits.

3. Once the ground meat has been cooking for about 4 minutes, add 1/2 of the taco seasoning and the water. Cook until everything is nice and combined.

4. Set the cooked meat aside. In another pan (or same one if you're like me & hate doing dishes) add your chopped bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 of the remaining taco seasoning and cook for 5 more minutes.

5. Set the bell pepper aside and drain and rinse your black beans well.

6. Heat up your refried beans (I got mine from a can but if you wanna make your own you go gurl) + black beans in a pan over low heat for a couple minutes just to heat em up and add the rest of the taco seasoning.

7. Put your ground meat, bell pepper, and beans on a bed of your favorite salad mix and add the slaw + salsa.

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