This is like a taco salad, but not quite. Instead of everything being mixed together, ingredients are put out for everyone to make their own “hay” stack. There are some items that do not normally go into a taco salad that you see here…like warm cheese sauce (don’t worry, its dairy free), instead of shredded cheese.
This dish appeals to most everyone, since they can top with what they choose from all the fixings. No need for side dishes with this meal.
crushed tortilla chips or crackers (or both)
brown rice, cooked and still warm
seasoned cooked beans* (cold or room temperature)
cheese sauce (recipe below)
Following raw toppings:
any non-iceberg lettuce (lay leaves flat and stack, then roll and slice thinly)
tomatoes, chopped or raw salsa (guide below)
bell peppers, chopped
black olives (sliced)
*Beans: add seasonings such as cumin, chili powder, basil, oregano, cilantro as desired.
Put out all items for everyone to make their own “haystacks.”
Cheese Sauce (dairy free):
Blend smooth in blender:
1 c. water
½ c. cashews
½ c. sunflower seeds
¼ c. nutritional yeast flakes
¼ c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/3 c. pimento or 2 Tbsp. each of tomato paste & water, optional for color
1 tsp. salt (or Liquid Aminos)
1 tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Heat through on very low heat til warm, stirring frequently. Do not boil. Spoon over haystacks.
1. Substitute other nuts and seeds for the cashews and sunflower seeds.
2. Economy sauce: substitute ½ c. hot, cooked millet or rice for the cashews or sunflower seeds.
3. Nightshade free: for color, use 2/3 c. cooked carrots to substitute for the pimento or tomato paste w/ water mix.
Raw Salsa(in amounts as desired)
cilantro, fresh or dried
salt or seasoned salt
Optional for salsa:
avocado (mashed or chopped)
sweet corn (cut off cob)
chili peppers (minced)
dash of cayenne pepper (for hot salsa)
fresh squeezed lime juice
Mix together in bowl and serve. Tip: For best flavor, never refrigerate whole raw tomatoes.
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