Fresh Baked Friday: Edamame Salad

What a crazy week! I've been hard at work with my spokester duties, attending great events and blogging up a storm all week long. On top of work, I've been getting settled in at my house after a summer away. Moving is time consuming and trying to get everything cleaned and organized while working full time has left me reaching for something quick and easy at meal time. Over the past few days I've certainly overindulged on things I normally save for special occasions like pizza, burgers on the grill, and of course, candy cookie ice cream sandwiches

We all fall off the healthy eating train now and again. It's easy to tell ourselves we don't have time to prepare a nutritious meal when we're busy with work and life, even when it's not the truth. There are plenty of fast and simple meals you can throw together in five minutes flat that won't derail your diet. This edamame salad is one of my favorites. I'll take this over cold pepperoni pizza any day.

I was introduced to edamame when I started working at a Thai food restaurant in high school. These little soybeans are delicious, healthy and multitalented, as they're great by themselves or in a variety of recipes. They also pack a punch of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid that cannot be synthesized by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids provide a number of health benefits, so try edamame today!

Edamame Salad

1 22-oz bag frozen edamame, shelled
3 roma tomatoes
1 green pepper
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper

  1. Allow edamame to defrost in the refrigerator before preparing or microwave for 1 minute to thaw. Pour into a large bowl.
  2. Dice tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, and red onion. Add to edamame.
  3. Add vinegar and olive oil to vegetables. Squeeze lemon juice over salad, season with salt and pepper, and stir.

You won't feel the slightest bit guilty about eating this fresh and flavorful salad with any meal as a side dish. You can even make it a meal in itself by adding chopped grilled chicken and steamed brown rice. After a week of indulging and lazy eating habits, I'm excited to get back on track with this veggie rich dish.

Did you have a successful first week of September?

Kylie K.