The Mega Protein Power Salad was born after a frustrating night out for dinner. As many of you can probably understand, eating out is sometimes a struggle. Although I can ALWAYS eat pretty much anywhere, some places are more accommodating than others.
On the upside, I usually end up getting an idea for a recipe of my own from the meal I altered at the restaurant. This was just such a night.
Although the salad on the menu looked wonderful, I had to remove the chicken, the feta cheese, and the dressing. The waitress asked if I wanted extra vegetables. Of course I wanted extra vegetables.
Regardless of the misrepresentation of protein requirements the food industry claims, I decided to give my salad the protein hype in deserves. Yes, my protein comes from lentils, quinoa, farro, and spinach. And I’m proud of it!
Despite the simplicity of the dressing, it brings out the flavor in combination of ingredients the salad. Subsequently, this salad clearly hits all the necessary nutritional components of any plant-based diet.
In fact, although I enjoyed the salad I disassembled to create my own, at the restaurant, my simple version is way better.
For those of you not familiar with farro, it is an ancient grain with a thick, chewy texture. Extremely nutritious grain, it’s an excellent source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins.
Similarly, farro packs 8.14 grams of protein per 1 cup serving. Quinoa, on the other hand, contains 14-16 grams of protein. And lentils have 18 grams of protein.
So, when someone asks you where you get your protein, point at this one bowl wonder.