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Walnut Tacos

Walnut Tacos 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Sep 19, 2016

Walnuts, pulsed in a food processor with a Mexican-inspired combination of spices, form the protein base of these easy-to-assemble tacos. If you'd like to keep this dish vegan, use nondairy yogurt or nondairy sour cream.

Make Ahead: The walnut crumble filling can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.


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Tested size: 6 servings; makes 12 tacos

  • For the filling
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder (may substitute ground cayenne pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For assembly
  • Twelve 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • Flesh of 2 medium avocados, sliced
  • 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade salsa verde (see related recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt (may substitute non-dairy yogurt or non-dairy sour cream)
  • 12 cilantro sprigs
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

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For the filling: Combine the walnuts, lime juice, cilantro, water, ground cumin, chili powders, salt and black pepper in a food processor; pulse frequently for a minute or so, until the nuts are reduced to pebble size. Do not over-process. Taste, and add more salt as needed.

To assemble the tacos, divide the corn tortillas among serving plates. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling on each tortilla, then add some tomato, a few slivers of cabbage, a couple slices of avocado, a spoonful of salsa verde, a dollop of yogurt and some cilantro.

Serve with lime wedges for last-minute squeezing.

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Adapted from "Healing the Vegan Way," by Mark Reinfeld (De Capo Lifelong Books, 2016).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (using cooked salsa verde and nonfat yogurt): 410

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 31g 48%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 260mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 8g 32%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 11g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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