Introduction: Welcome to a culinary adventure that transcends the ordinary – the Gourmet Dorito Taco Salad. This vibrant and delectable creation brings together a symphony of flavors, blending vegan ground beef, crisp lettuce, black beans, olives, and tomatoes, all harmoniously dressed in a luscious Catalina dressing. With a preparation time of just 10 minutes, this tantalizing salad is not only a feast for the senses but also a testament to the seamless marriage of convenience and gourmet excellence.

Ingredients Showcase:

  1. Vegan Ground Beef (10 oz): Crafted with precision, this plant-based alternative lays the foundation for the protein-packed heart of the salad.
  2. Olive Oil (1 Tbsp): Infusing a touch of richness and depth into the sautéed onions, garlic, and vegan ground beef.
  3. Onions (1/3 cup, diced): Adding a subtle sweetness and texture to the ensemble.
  4. Iceberg Lettuce (14 oz, chopped): Crisp and refreshing, the lettuce forms the verdant base of our culinary canvas.
  5. Taco Seasoning (2 tsp): A carefully curated blend of spices, elevating the flavor profile of the vegan ground beef.
  6. Garlic (3 cloves, minced): Bestowing its aromatic essence, enriching the overall culinary experience.
  7. Doritos (2 big handfuls, lightly crushed): Infusing a playful crunch, these chips provide a delightful textural contrast.
  8. Black Olives (1 cup, sliced): Introducing a briny and savory nuance to the salad.
  9. Black Beans (1 can, 15 oz, drained): A protein-packed addition, contributing substance and heartiness.
  10. Vegan Cheddar (3/4 cup, shredded): Melting seamlessly into the medley, offering a cheesy indulgence.
  11. Avocado (1): Cubed to perfection, the avocado introduces a creamy and buttery element.
  12. Cherry Tomatoes (1/2 cup, chopped): Bursting with freshness, these tomatoes provide vibrant pops of color.

Catalina Dressing Symphony: Marrying all these vibrant ingredients is the pièce de résistance – the Catalina dressing, weaving a tapestry of sweet and tangy notes that tie the entire creation together.

Cooking Choreography:

  1. Sauté Ballet: In a culinary pas de deux, the sauté pan takes center stage as olive oil pirouettes with onions, garlic, vegan ground beef, and taco seasoning, performing a culinary ballet for 5 minutes.
  2. Ensemble Assembly: The grand stage is set with a large mixing bowl, where iceberg lettuce, vegan cheddar, olives, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and avocados gracefully gather.
  3. Taco Tango: Enter the sautéed taco meat, making its entrance to the ensemble, filling the bowl with savory richness.
  4. Culinary Crescendo: As the climax unfolds, the Catalina dressing takes center stage, drizzling over the ensemble, transforming it into a masterpiece.

Nutritional Overture: Caloric Choreography: Each serving (1.5 cups) – a mere 435 calories, balancing the dance of flavors with nutritional finesse.

Conclusion: The Gourmet Dorito Taco Salad is not merely a dish; it’s a culinary symphony. From the sautéed crescendo of vegan ground beef to the crisp pirouette of Doritos, every element plays a vital role. This salad is an invitation to savor the art of gourmet simplicity – a culinary fiesta that promises not just nourishment but an experience that tantalizes taste buds and leaves a lasting impression. Let this recipe be your culinary journey into the world of gourmet vegan delights, where each bite is a celebration of flavor, texture, and artistry.

Dorito Taco Salad is made with vegan ground beef, lettuce, black beans, olives and tomatoes, covered in a Catalina dressing. This Taco Salad comes together really fast and the whole family will enjoy it. 

PREP TIME 5 minutes

COOK TIME5 minutes

TOTAL TIME10 minutes


  • 10 oz vegan ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup onions, diced
  • 14 oz iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tsp Taco seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 big handful Doritos, lightly crushed (use gf, if preferred)
  • 1 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup vegan cheddar, shredded
  • 1 avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • Catalina dressing


  1. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and add onions, garlic, vegan ground beef, and taco seasoning. Cook for about 5 minutes, then  set aside.
  2. Get a large mixing bowl and give the lettuce, vegan cheddar, olives, tomatoes, olives, tortilla chips, avocados to it.
  3. Add the taco meat from the frying pan.
  4. Finally mix in Catalina dressing and serve in bowls or on plates.

Nutrition Information:



 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: 







SODIUM: 343mg