{Recipe} Edamame, Tomato and Basil Salad

by Robin on August 12, 2013

in dinner, Fruits and Veggies, meal planning, quick meals, recipes, side dishes

 

Growing up in Illinois, I thought I knew a thing or two about soybeans. Turns out, that’s exactly how much I knew about soybeans. 1. I knew what they looked like growing in the fields and  2. I knew that they were a key ingredient in many of our school’s hot lunches. After spending two soy-intense days with the folks from The Soy Foods Council, I now know why soy has appeared many a time on my plate for many years-in many different forms: tofu, tempeh, textured soy protein, miso, tamari, soy milk, etc.  

My soy ingredient of choice? The edamame.

Just 1/2 cup of edamame is loaded with nutritional benefits including 9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein. And, at only 20 calories, 2.5 grams total fat (1.5 grams polyunsaturated and .5 grams monounsaturated), 13 grams carbohydrates and only 15 grams of sodium, these green gems fit into every eating plan perfectly. 

Upon my arrival home, I was inspired to whip up this quick and easy edamame salad-perfect for a quick lunch, an easy side dish or snack-to-tide-you-over-while-making-dinner. 

Edamame, Tomato and Basil Salad
Super easy, good-for-you salad with tons of fiber and protein
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Ingredients
1 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup cherry or teardrop tomatoes, sliced in half
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Combine all ingredient in a bowl. Serve immediately or chill for a couple hours before serving.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups (4 heaping-1/3 cup servings)
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Disclosure: The Soy Foods Council invited me to attend an educational soy immersion event last month in Des Moines, IA, which included all of my travel and lodging expenses. I was not compensated for my time, nor was I asked to write this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

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Angie@Angie's Recipes August 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Adore edamame! Your salad looks so fresh, and appetizing!

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Robin August 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, Angie! It’s SO simple–made it again for a dinner party last night to rave reviews. I hope you enjoy it!

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