When my friend Dana moved home from London, England a few months ago, we spent the day walking around town, shopping and catching up. We’re both big food nerds and were gabbing about our new-found love for cooking all things vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. “Do you know about Kimberly Snyder yet?” she asked me. When I replied that I didn’t she urged me to get my hands on a copy of her latest cookbook, claiming the woman had changed her life. Promptly we made our way to the nearest bookstore and I picked up my own copy before we parted ways at the end of the day.

Dana was right. Kimberly is a life changer. As she had promised me, not only are her recipes extremely healthy, they are mind-blowingly delicious. And it’s sad to say, but a lot of the time vegetarian recipes can be beyond bland.

One of my favourite recipes from Kimberly’s book are her Raw Taco Gorilla Wraps, which are especially enjoyable in the summer. I made this recipe my own by creating a mango salsa to pair it with, giving it more of a tropical punch to the Mexican-inspired dish. Hope you enjoy!

Gracie’s Tropical (Raw) Taco Wraps

*it is recommended to use organic products when/if possible*

Ingredients for Tacos:

2 cups walnuts

1 tbs. cumin

1/2 tbs. coriander

2 tbs. low sodium tamari

1 tsp. chili powder

Large fresh lettuce leaves (pictured throughout) or collard greens, washed with stems trimmed.

Ingredients for Mango Salsa:

1 mango

1 tomato

1tbs. chives

1/2-1 lime, juiced.

salt and pepper to taste


Step 1:

Roughly shop the walnuts, or put them in a food processor and process until chunky. OR you can use a slap chop!

Step 2:

Place chopped walnuts in a bowl with all spices and tamari, then mix.

Step 3:

Chop the mango, tomato and chives and place in a bowl. Add lime juice (1/2 or 1 full lime depending on taste), salt and pepper and mix.

Step 4:

Place a leaf on your cutting board and add a couple of spoonfuls of taco mix to the centre and top with salsa. Wrap the taco by folding down the top of the leaf first, then folding the sides over. Place facing down on a plate.

Voila! All done. Now just eat and enjoy.

Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!