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“Unconventional” Haystacks

I was raised as a vegetarian, and “Haystacks” were a very common dish.  Basically, haystacks are a modern day taco salad.  As with ANY salad, it’s the ingredients that you use that either “make” or “break” the dish as healthy.

My “Unconventional” Haystacks have been given my typical Unconventional Foodie makeover and are just as delicious and WAY healthier than the traditional version that I was raised with.

Want to take it a step further?  Easy peasy, substitute the cheese, sour cream and/or ranch dressing for vegan versions.

Bon Appetit!


"Unconventional" Haystacks

The healthier way to do haystacks (Taco Salad)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: caesar salad, taco, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 582kcal
Author: Coach Collette
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For the Beans

  • 2 15oz cans pinto beans reduced sodium
  • 1/4 C Water
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 4 C organic green leaf lettuce chopped
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1 organic tomato diced
  • 1 C mexican blend cheese grated
  • 1 C black olives sliced

For the Tortillas

  • 8 organic corn tortillas
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 organic avocado diced

For the Dressing

  • 1/3 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 C buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion flakes optional
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


For the Beans

  • Drain and rinse beans and add them to a medium saucepan. Add remaining "For the Beans" ingredients. Saute over medium heat till heated through. Set aside

For the Tortillas

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut tortillas into strips approximately 1/4 X 2 inches. Toss with olive oil, sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Place on baking sheet in single layer and bake until crispy. Approximately 6-8 minutes.

For the Salad

  • Meanwhile, chop and prepare salad ingredients.
  • To serve, place a few tortilla strips on plate, top with beans, then any combination of salad ingredients you desire.


Nutrition values are based on the use of all the above ingredients.


Nutrition Facts
"Unconventional" Haystacks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 2072mg86%
Potassium 668mg19%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3619IU72%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 350mg35%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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