While I admit to loving super heavy, rich and decadent foods, when spring rolls around, I am immediately drawn to lighter and brighter fare.
Foods that don't take as much prep, time or heat to make their flavors sing, like this Asian inspired Edamame Salad. I'm sure this is a typical response to the weather warming up and being surrounded by new buds in the garden and a larger variety of produce in the market. So, I feel it's safe to say that I'm not alone in this feeling.
During the warmer months, I like to whip up simple, yet flavorful salads and side dishes to go along with a piece of grilled fish or a chicken recipe. A skewer of shrimp sneaks in from time to time, as well. This Asian-inspired Edamame Salad is my new favorite salad for just such an occasion. It's bright, zippy, and couldn't be easier to throw together.
By the way, have you ever tried edamame before? If not, you are in for a real treat. Now, admittedly, one of my favorite ways to eat edamame is steamed and salted in their pod. Preferably alongside an enormous plate of sushi. I will warn you, though, that I can do some serious damage to a bowl of steamed edamame.
Lucky for me, my husband kindly looks the other direction while I glamorously stuff my face. He's probably afraid he'd lose a finger. But I digress...
Edamame is a green soybean and it's packed with protein, making it a perfect vegetarian option, as well. I love the stuff in any form, but for this salad I used frozen edamame because it's so readily available. If you have access to the fresh stuff, by all means, feel free to use it. Tossed with carrots, onion, bell pepper and scallions then dressed with a ginger-honey dressing, this edamame salad makes a beautiful and satisfying side dish to any meal.