Summer break’s here and it’s the season of “YES”! The family schedule has been kicked to the curb and we’re enjoying experiences of the season without frantically checking our wristwatches and following every rule to the letter. Yes, we can close the amusement park down. Yes, we can play another game of chess. Yes, we can stay at the lake until the sun sets. Yes, we can wear our bathing suit cover-ups and flip-flops into the store when grabbing ingredients for a last-minute dinner.
So, what IS for dinner at the last minute? Try these Plant-Power Caesar Salad Tacos that come together in just 15 minutes with virtually no cooking other than heating up taco shells and making quick quinoa. Consider pre-cooking a big batch of quinoa and freezing it in plastic bags meal-prep style to make future dinners super speedy. And, in this season of YES, you are allowed to put salad in a taco shell. It’s actually a clever and convenient way to chow down on salad without any bowls or utensils making the dish perfect for the backyard or on-the-go!
Since we’ve gone rogue this summer, my Caesar salad is anything but traditional except for the rich and robust Caesar Caesar that dresses it. This spoonable dressing from Litehouse Foods is loaded with garlic, parmesan and just the right touch of anchovy. I swapped kale for the classic Romaine lettuce, as it holds up better when I want to prepare dinner ahead or keep leftovers for the next day.
Also, I’ve added chickpeas, sunflower seeds and quinoa for plant-based protein, making this a hearty, balanced dinner for vegetarians or on those occasions when you just feel like going meat-free. Avocados and tomatoes take my top honors for topping, but you can add whatever you like to these salad tacos – get creative!
And, let me talk taco shells. You can use whatever shells you prefer. I found some that had chia seeds in them! Try homemade baked shells, if you have a few extra minutes. Or, wrap up the filling in a tortilla or Naan bread. If you don’t have an official taco rack, keep your tacos upright and spill-free when serving with lightweight cardboard or poster board that has been accordion-folded – so frugally genius!