All GREEN Grilled Zucchini Tacos

Second in a Series of Superiores Tacos Vegetarianos

green tacos

All GREEN Grilled Zucchini Tacos
Prickly Pear Cactus Tortillas
Butter Lettuce, Avocado, Shredded Green Cabbage, Cilantro, Serrano Chile
Lime Garlic Cilantro Sauce

The inspiration for these tacos came during a trip to the farmers’ market. One booth was featuring something I had never seen before, namely Prickly Pear Cactus Tortillas. Whether it be at the farmers’ market or ethnic local grocery stores, if I see something I haven’t tried before, it usually ends up in my cart. And many of those unique or interesting ingredients find a home here on Taste With The Eyes.

These green tortillas are made with organic nopal mixed with stone ground whole white corn kernels, water, lime, and vegetable plant extract. Two tortillas supply 100 calories, 3 g fiber and no cholesterol. I can’t say that they taste like nopalitos. If I close my eyes I’m not sure I could pinpoint the difference from other good corn tortillas, but I sure do love the color.

So now that I have a package of tortillas de nopal in my shopping bag, what shall I make with them?
The answer was all around me.

 farmers’ market + green tortillas = all GREEN tacos

All GREEN Grilled Zucchini Taco Recipe

grilled zucchini batons
grilled zucchini batons

Cut zucchini into batons. Drizzle with olive oil and grill until lightly charred. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

green sauce
green sauce

Blend cilantro, scallion (green part only), a garlic clove, and lime juice with equal parts mayonnaise (I use no cholesterol mayo) and Greek non-fat yogurt in a food processor. Season to taste with sea salt.

green vegetables
all green - cabbage, lime, avocado, serrano, scallion

Finely shred cabbage, cube avocado, slice serrano.

tortilla de nopal
green tortilla

Brush a tiny bit of olive oil in a hot pan and heat both sides of the tortillas.

zucchini tacos

 Top warm tortilla with a leaf of butter lettuce and two grilled zucchini batons.

grilled zucchini tacos
Top the zucchini with shredded cabbage and green sauce. Then add diced avocado, cilantro, and serrano chiles.

Second in a Series of Superiores Tacos Vegetarianos

#2 Superiores Tacos Vegetarianos

Serve All GREEN Tacos with, what else?  Limes.

The Superiores Tacos Vegetarianos series is a compilation of vegetarian tacos highlighting a unique combination of vegetables and herbs where the flavor profile stands on its own. A series where even carnivores won’t wonder, “Where’s the Beef?”

Be sure to check out #1 Superiores Tacos Vegetarianos, Green Chard & Shiitake Tacos with Epazote inspired by Rick Bayless. And please stop by later in the week for #3.

34 thoughts on “All GREEN Grilled Zucchini Tacos”

  1. I love to come across an ingredient I have never tried before whether it be prickly pear cactus tortillas or another ingredient. It is how I discovered many items that are now staples in mu cupboards. These tacos are amazing all dressed in their green finery.

  2. I have never seen prickly pear tortillas but they look so beautiful and green. What a great taco recipe! Could you make it a little healthier? 🙂

  3. I always say that everything – and I mean everything – is better as a taco. This is just SO fabulous, and I want, want, want those tortillas!!!!

  4. Your recipe inventions never cease to amaze me – or to get me salivating! I wish I lived next door, I’d be that annoying neighbour that never leaves 😀

  5. I’m mexican and I will make these!!! They look fabulous!!! I hope I can find those green tortillas, though. If not, I’ll try them with corn tortillas.

  6. Prickly cactus tortillas? I love what you find! L.A. is a treasure trove. So with my humble corn tortillas I will make these – although it’s killing me to buy zucchini when 6 weeks ago I had a boatload!

  7. Really neat, Lori Lynn – I love the idea of all green, and the Prickly Pear Cactus Tortillas, that’s awesome! Love the whole combination here! A must make for our Theme Thursdays with 5 star foodie jr!

  8. These are gorgeous, LL! Green is actually my favorite color – both to eat and to look at, lol! These tacos would make me a very happy girl indeed. That squeeze of fresh lime as a finishing touch sounds perfect.

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