Get Nourished recipe: Easy high-protein vegetarian tacos

This week on Get Nourished, Zoe Bingley-Pullin prepares a high-protein meatless taco packed with healthy greens and a nutty crunch.

If you’re looking for a versatile ingredient, nuts are a delicious option that will not disappoint.

For a vegetarian take on minced beef, Zoe’s tacos are packed with walnuts, a nutritional powerhouse for a nutty protein boost.

Served with a hint of sweetness and heat from the fresh tomatoes and spices, this recipe comes with a healthy serving of greens for that extra satisfying crunch.

For an easy and balanced finger food idea, try this high protein walnut taco with cucumber salad by Zoe Bingley-Pullin, as seen on Get Nourished on The House of Wellness TV show.

Zoe Bingley-Pullin’s High Protein Walnut Tacos with Cucumber Salad


1 cup walnuts

4 Roma tomatoes or 1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes, finely chopped

1 Spanish onion, finely chopped

1-2 garlic cloves, finely crushed

1/4 cut coriander, washed and finely chopped

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 -1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely sliced, optional

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin, ground

Sea salt and pepper to taste

For the  cucumber and cabbage salad

1 cup white cabbage, thinly shaved

1 cup cucumber, cut in half and cut into thin 1/2 moons

1/4 shallots, thinly chopped

1 bunch coriander leaves and stem, finely chopped

2 tbsp jalapeño chillies, roughly chopped

4 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1-2 tsp sea salt


Step 1. 

Place the walnuts in a food processor and blitz until just crumbled.

Step 2.

Put a little olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions, chilli and garlic. Then, add the fresh tomatoes and spice, and sauté for five minutes. 

Step 3. 

Add the walnuts to the sauce and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for five minutes.

Step 4.

Mix all the ingredients for the cabbage and cucumber salad in a bowl, and leave to marinate for 20 minutes, if possible.

Step 5.

Serve the cucumber salad with a layer of the walnut mince in a soft taco shell.