03 April 2011

Edamame Salad with Feta: a traditional Salad alternative


Very often we have a traditional view of salad. It has must contain ingredients, such as lettuce and vegetables, and it must be cold. There are aberrant strains of salads out there that are readily accepted such as Fruit Salad and Pasta Salad. But when we think of making a salad to accompany the family dinner, usually a base of leafy greens come to mind with maybe, tomato, cucumber &c. You know the deal. And the health benefits are usually obvious. Salad gives you lots of fiber. What about protein? Why does salad have to contain lettuce? Furthermore, why does it have to be cold? The fact is, is that salad can be whatever you make it. 

In a quest to eat healthy, but not bland, I took what I would see at my local delis, and combined, experimented, added and subtracted and came-up with an easy protein filled salad that can incarnate into a many splendid dish with the addition and subtraction of some tasty healthy foods.  
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Edamame Salad with Feta

2 Frozen Packages of Shelled Edamame (Organic preferably)
1 chopped Scallion
1 can Garbanzo Beans (also known as Chick Peas)
1 chopped pear with skin on (choose the variety of pear you like, I often choose a sweeter pear variety)
1/2 lbs Feta

Boil Edamame (to find out how to cook Edamame correctly, go to my previous post here). Once Edamame is  cooked, strain. Let cool to warm. In a large serving bowl add scallion, garbanzo beans, and pear. Add warm edamame to mixture in bowl and stir throughly. Add feta to the bowl to taste and stir. Serve immediately. 

This salad is also good with chopped Apple. 
You can substitute Feta with Swiss Cheese. 
If you are a meat eater cubes of Salami are a nice addition. 
If you want a little crunch add Slivered Almonds or chopped Cashews. 

-Elle

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