What do you get when you take three perfect foods and combine them into one delicious salad? You get this Three P Salad: Peas, pistachios, and Protein.
There is so much protein packed into this gorgeous, fresh, and delicious salad. Did you know that one cup of peas has sixteen percent of your daily allowance of protein? This salad has two cups!
Now I’m really going to blow your mind. One can of chickpeas is approximately two cups, and two cups of chickpeas has approximately fifty eight percent of your daily allowance of protein!
The pistachios bring the crunch, the salt, and the pizazz to the salad, plus another twenty five percent protein. They’re like the P Diddy of this salad because you can’t have a party without the PD. Actually, you can, it just won’t be on a yacht, and Cristal probably won’t be flowing, but other than that….
Quinoa, nutty, chewy, wonderful quinoa. It’s the base of this salad and it too adds protein to this salad. One cup of uncooked quinoa makes about two cups of cooked quinoa, and those two cups serve up approximately thirty two percent of your daily allowance of protein.
Are you feeling like Superman/woman right now? If you’re not, you will after eating a heavenly bowl of this powerhouse salad, because there’s more than the three Ps to fuel you with protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. There’s celery, red bell pepper, baby spinach, and a peanut dressing that’s to die for. I could literally eat it by the spoonful. Thank God I have willpower.
My husband isn’t a huge fan of quinoa, but when I handed him this salad he gobbled it up without making a sound. Actually, he fit in a, “This is really good” in-between bites, but other than that, silence. There is so much texture and flavor in this recipe. The quinoa is chewy, the chickpeas are a little creamy, and the red pepper, celery, and pistachios lend three different kinds of crunchiness to the mix. And the peanut dressing has heat from the chili sauce, salt from the soy sauce, sweet from the maple syrup, and of course, yummy peanut flavor from the peanut butter.
This three P salad is perfect for a busy weeknight because it only takes fifteen minutes to cook the quinoa and about the same amount of time to prep the vegetables and make the dressing. It’s easy, healthy, and quick.
You can also pack it for lunch or eat it for breakfast if you like savory morning meals. What a great way to start the day.
What’s your favorite P food? Peas, chickPEAS, or pistachios?
Spicy or sweet?
Savory breakfast or sugary?