Cooking With Hope – Vegan Taco Salad


Cooking With Hope – Tabouli By Eddy’s Lebanese Cuisine And Vegan Taco Salad

Twenty five years of experience, three generations of chefs, 58,916 customers served in 2019, open 364 days a year . . . Discover Windsor’s authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine served in a classy dining atmosphere, Tabouli By Eddy’s.

Located at 1614 Lesperance Road, Unit #5 in Tecumseh you will find Tabouli By Eddy’s offering fresh and authentic made specialty dishes, such as their signature tabouli salad, baklava, spinach pies, fresh Shawarma and the traditional baklava dessert. The restaurant was opened December 2018.

Chocolate Fantasy cake is right… layered in different chocolates, crusted with crushed walnuts, savory with every bite.

Adding their own touch to the menu you can enjoy their unique creative dishes like their cauliflower forest, platters of all sorts, and their delicious chocolate fantasy cake. Providing a lunch, dinner and dessert menu, as well as multiple side dishes and even a kid’s menu. Every meal is fresh, delicious and cooked to perfection.

Owner Eddy Hammoud (also owner of Eddy’s Mediterranean Bistro, 420 Tecumseh Road East) and his staff treat their customers like family as they strive to make their experience something to cherish and are proud of what they do every single day. Their passion shows through their warm personalities from all of the workers, and through their delicious meals.

Their goal is to create incredible, authentic inspired food in an environment designed with individual touches unique to the Windsor area.

“When you come in to Eddy’s restaurant you feel like home,” says Hammoud. “The service and quality of the food we provide is the best in the city. Everything is made fresh, using high quality ingredients. We serve a traditional Arabic cuisine with a twist of Italian. We take care and make srue our customers are always 110% satisfied.”

Hammoud and his team would love to help you by preparing and delivering food for your next social gathering by offering catering services to help you. Call them up to seven days before your event and they will help you organize it all!

Dine on their beautiful welcoming patio that has fully shaded seating, while enjoying their live music entertainment that they have every weekend. Can’t make it out on the weekend? That’s okay! Enjoy 10% off all pickup orders on Take Out Tuesdays! Free delivery is offered on orders over $40 and within 15 kilometres.

To view special weekly deals that you do not want to miss, visit their website and their facebook page or follow them on Instagram @taboulibyeddys.

Now that you have enjoyed a great meal out, let’s get cooking….

Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday just became a lot better!

Make a big batch of this lentil taco meat to use throughout the week, and you will have lots of leftovers.

This week we are adding a twist to your traditional romaine lettuce salad. This savoury salad is a filling lunch or dinner that is fun to make, as well as it can be made differently every time with whatever toppings you would like.

It is full of plant-based protein from the lentils. You will be able to trick any meat lover with this awesome substitution.

A Vegan Taco Salad is a nice change from your plain Jane salad. Spice it up however you would like and make it different every time.

Vegan Taco Salad

For the lentil taco meat
1 cup cooked lentils
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
¼ teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons hot sauce

1-2 cups greens (lettuce, kale, spinach)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon hummus
2 tablespoons salsa
Pita bread or pita chips
Desired toppings
(Avocado, cherry tomatoes, cheese, onions, hummus, more hot sauce…)


How to
1. In a small bowl, add your cooked lentils with the taco seasoning, salt and hot sauce and stir to combine. You may use a pack of taco seasoning from the store. I used a mild taco seasoning.
2. In a medium sized bowl, add your greens as your base, and simply add all of your toppings.
3. Add your lentils, lime juice, hummus and salsa and all of your other toppings.
4. Add some pita bread or chips on top and enjoy!

Make sure to tag me on Instagram @localplanteater if you give this a try!

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Hope Monaco
Cooking With Hope Hope Monaco is a third year University of Windsor student studying a double major in Communications/Media and Psychology. She is a certified yoga teacher and has been on a plant-based diet for the last three and a half years. Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, she has become very creative in the kitchen and in food photography. This led her to create her own Instagram food blog — Local Plant Eater — and she has recently developed her own website,, where she promotes easy, simple, delicious plant-based recipes for all. She reviews local restaurants, creates her own recipes and shares her favourites as well as her preferred plant-based products. Contact Hope on Instagram @localplanteater or by emailing: [email protected]