A little over a year ago, I was working with a nutritionist who recommended Trader Joe’s Egg White Salads as a good way to add some protein to my diet without adding too many calories. I was a bit hesitant, but I stopped by my local Trader Joe’s and bought some. Both varieties were DELICIOUS! Only two problems… it was $2.99 for 2 little servings, and Trader Joe’s is a little out of my way. So, while I would like to eat this just about every day, it’s not going to happen.
Then it came to me! I could find a “copy cat” recipe and make my own. Only problem? I only found ONE recipe online for my favorite Spicy Ranchero version. ONE! Usually when I want to make something, I can find at least a dozen recipes online. Then I can pick and choose at my leisure which recipe I want to try. Plus, if I don’t like the one I tried, I have a plethora of others to choose from. Not the case with this one. I decided to dive right in anyway and make it. I found the original recipe here, but I tweaked it just a bit, to tailor it to my personal preferences. Here’s my version.
Trader Joe’s Spicy Ranchero Egg White Salad Knock-off Recipe
9 extra large hard boiled eggs
cilantro, to taste (I used about 1/4 cup chopped cilantro)
jalapeno pepper, to taste (I used 1/4 pepper)
red bell pepper, to taste (I used almost one whole pepper)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper (still a bit spicy for me. I will cut back to 1/8 t next time.)
3/4 teaspoon salt (you might want to back off just a tad)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (I made my own from dried onion)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used canola mayo, but you can use any kind you’d like)
lemon juice, to taste (I used just over 2 tablespoons)
Boil the eggs, then peel. Cut eggs in half, remove yolks, then chop whites. Add to a small mixing bowl. Chop jalapeno, red bell pepper, and cilantro and add to egg whites. Stir gently to combine. In a separate bowl, mix together lemon juice, mayonnaise, and spices. Gently fold into the egg white mixture. For best results, chill for at least 2 hours, then serve, however, you may serve this immediately if you so desire.
Here is my step-by-step with pictures.
In a head-to-head taste test, I like the Trader Joe’s version better. For similarity in taste, this recipe gets a D. BUT, for overall flavor, I give this recipe an A-. It was very good on it’s own, and it does remind me of the Trader Joe’s version, as long as I’m not eating them at the same time. 🙂
When I compare calories, my homemade version comes out about the same. The Trader Joe’s version has 60 calories for 1/2 of the container (3 ounces), and my version has 67 calories for 1/2 cup (4 ounces). But my version has 9.2 grams of protein versus Trader Joe’s 7 grams.
When I compare price, I come out much better with my homemade version. The Trader Joe’s version costs about $1.50/serving. Mine comes out to a little over 50 cents a serving and the serving size for mine is just a bit bigger. If I compare the same serving size, it’s just over 40 cents a serving. Not bad, huh?
Will I still buy the Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad? Yes. But if I ever have a craving for it and don’t feel like going out of my way, I know I can make a good egg white salad at home for less money.