1 cup coarse soy granules (soy grits) or gluten-free textured vegetable protein (TVP)
1 cup boiling water
1 cup chopped green onions
1 small bunch fresh parsley, washed and finely chopped
½ bunch fresh mint leaves, washed and chopped, OR ½ teaspoon dried mint leaves
1 large or 2 medium firm ripe tomatoes, washed and diced
Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste
3 tablespoons quality olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Pour the boiling water over the soy or TVP granules, cover, and allow to stand until most of the water is absorbed (about an hour). Squeeze any remaining liquid out of the granules before placing in a large mixing bowl.
Add remaining ingredients. Add more lemon juice and mint to taste. Toss together, cover the bowl, and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. The flavor actually improves the second day. Makes about 4 large servings.