Peachy Quinoa Salad with Beyond Meat. Review & Vegan Recipe

As I mentioned yesterday, after reading that Beyond Meat was finally available at Whole Foods from Vegan Miam, I was even more excited that I was heading to Orange County last weekend.

Peachy Quinoa Salad Vegan

Beyond Meat was founded several years ago by Ethan Brown. The company’s goal was to make a completely plant based product that would look and taste like the real thing. There are currently three “chicken” products available, lightly seasoned, grilled, and southwest. They are made from soy and pea protein and are gluten free. They have 18-19 grams of protein per serving and are free of antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, cholesterol, and trans fats. As you can see, they look very “chickeny:”

Peachy Quinoa Salad - Vegan

I used the “Lightly Seasoned” Chicken-Free Strips for this recipe. I used it straight out of the package, no cooking or heating required. I only used half the package, so the next night I heated up the strips with some beans, potatoes and onions.

So, bottom line. How did it taste? Well, I liked it. I dared to eat it straight out of the package and I thought tasted very good. It has a slightly smoky flavor, a meaty texture, and yes, it did taste like chicken. Or like my memory of chicken. Would it fool a meat eater? I’m not sure, possibly prepared inside of a recipe it could pass. Will I try it again? Probably. It isn’t cheap, at $5.29 for a 24 ounce package (though I’m not sure about the price of chicken these days, so maybe that’s a bargain), but I did get two meals for two out of it. I do prefer it to other meat substitutes that I have tried.

While I have reduced my use of faux meat, I think that Beyond Meat is a great alternative to new vegetarians and vegans who are just making the change. It is also perfect for meat eaters who are trying to eat less animal protein, but still like the taste and texture of meat in their meals. And to be honest, I occasionally use meat substitutes both because I like the flavor and the ease of preparation, especially after a long work day.

Peachy Quinoa Salad with Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips. Vegan

Vegan Recipe - Peachy Quinoa Salad

 The other day I was walking through the grocery store produce section. I was drawn to the peaches by the wonderful scent from the fresh fruit. They were kind of small, but they were ripe and they looked and smelled delicious. I’d never made a peach salad dressing, but it sounded good. Of course, I had to throw some of those fresh peaches in the salad itself, too. The result is this Peachy Keen Quinoa Salad.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peachy Quinoa Salad with Beyond Meat. Vegan Recipe
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Inspired by the fresh produce available now, this peachy keen salad not only has fresh peaches, but is served with a delicious peachy lime vinaigrette.
Recipe type: Main Dish Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 small peaches
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • Mixed lettuce greens
  • 1 cup prepared quinoa
  • 2 small peaches, sliced
  • ½ cup edamame
  • ½ cup yellow tomatoes
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ package Beyond Meat. Cut the strips into bite-sized pieces.
  1. Combine the peaches, lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, taragon, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Prepare the quinoa. Allow to cool.
  3. In a large salad bowl, toss the lettuce and remaining ingredients together lightly. Add the quinoa and ½ cup of the salad dressing, and toss again.

 Peachy Quinoa - Vegan

Have you ever used peaches in a salad or dressing? Have you ever tried (or heard of) Beyond Meat?

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  1. says

    What a great review! Some omnivores got fooled by eating Beyond Meat chicken-free strips, if the package wasn’t shown. Have you trie shredding them for small bite sizes? I’m a small bite eater 🙂 And thank you for the mention and your peachy quinoa salad sounds and tastes incredible! Have you tried making two cups of quinoa? I tried to do 1:2 ratio for 2 cups of quinoa, and it made my quinoa too big and overcooked.
    vegan miam recently posted..Kañiwa + Quinoa Salad with Grilled Veggies and Cilantro Tahini DressingMy Profile

    • says

      Thank you. I haven’t tried them shredded yet. Maybe tonight, I have burritos on my mind 🙂

      I usually do 1:2 ratio without any problem (if I’m understanding you correctly). The time I just made one cup, using a half cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water. I usually make a bigger batch because I will refrigerate any leftovers and use it for something.
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  2. Masoud Azarian says

    I found Beyond meat oily by itself and little mushy It also uses soy protein isolate. I did not care for it. But I liked your recipe when I did try your recipe with Smart Soy chicken.

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