We have been having our home remodeled which has been a massive pain. Now that it has been completed I am thrilled with the end result, however the process was painful. Since my ability to cook was sidelined I searched for delicious and healthy options to curb my hunger, which is how I stumbled across a salad at my local PCC store called, the Perfect Protein Salad. I instantly became addicted and wanted to share my version, which tastes extremely similar to PCC’s Perfect Protein Salad.
One of my favorite parts of cooking is the ability to customize recipes. In this case the recipe calls for lemon, dill and garlic. Since I am crazy about these three flavors I upped the amounts to make them more pronounced. The base for this salad is garbanzo beans and spelt berries which provide both a creamy texture and a chewy texture. Since I am huge on texture the crunch of numerous veggies, including cucumbers, celery, peppers and onions are also a complete bonus.
In a nutshell, this has become one of my go to salads. I love enjoying it for a quick lunch, enjoying it at dinner with a grilled piece of chicken or fish and it also makes a great salad to take to a friends house. In the event you have someone in your life that is vegan, this version is made with vegan mayonnaise* which is an added bonus. I hope that if you live in the Northwest you stop by PCC and try their Perfect Protein Salad or make it at home for yourself.
Perfect Protein Salad (inspired by PCC’s Perfect Protein Salad)
(serves 2 for a main dish or 4 as a side dish)
1 – 15 ounce can of Garbanzo Beans
2 stalks cucumber, diced
1 cup cooked spelt berries
1/3 c. Vegenaise
2 carrots, diced
1/4 c. green onion, thinly sliced
2 T. red onion, small dice
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. italian parsley, thinly sliced
1 T. cider vinegar
1 clove garlic
2 T. fresh dill weed or 1 t. dried dill weed
2 T. fresh basil or 1 t. dried basil
salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients. Put in refrigerator and let flavors meld together for a couple of hours if possible. More often than not I am rushed and not able to do this, but if you can, definitely do this. This salad is very easy to make and lasts for a day or two in the fridge so you can make it ahead and enjoy leftovers later.
* Side note, vegenaise tastes great! If you have never tried it, I would recommend doing so. I was extremely hesitant at first, but now I really love it.)