Saturday, March 2, 2013

Edamame Salad

First and foremost, let's just get the elephant out of the room right now.  My picture taking skills need some work.  Serious work.  I know it, you know it and now we can move on. 
I started a 7 day cleanse yesterday.  No, not one of those nasty cayenne pepper liquid ones where you starve yourself.  I'm still eating food!  I'm just cutting out all processed foods and sugar, (which, I try to do anyway) but I also cut out all dairy, (no cheese-aughh!!!) gluten, caffeine, and alcohol.  The original food plan I am trying to follow showed no snacks and for me, that's just not going to work.  I am hungry every couple hours and I'm not interested in being hungry for 7 days.  Maybe someday I'll be a big-timer, but for now, since this is my first cleanse I want to focus on cleansing my system, not depriving myself.  When planning out my menu for the week I needed to come up with some filling, healthy snacks. 
I've had this recipe since the Superbowl and this week decided to give it a try.  I have Facebook to thank for the recipe.  I normally think it's really annoying to open up Facebook, scroll through and see:
Stephanie (friends with Lesley) wrote on John's (friends with Steve) wall.
Confused?  Yeah, me too.  I mean, I know one person out of that group and why do I care what is going on?  Obviously, it doesn't bother me that much or I would quit Facebook, but point of the story is that's how I got this recipe.  Someone I know, wrote on someone's wall I don't know asking for the recipe she made for a Superbowl party they went to.  I was nosy, clicked on it, thought it looked amazing (and very easy) and now here we are.  So, thank you to the stranger on Facebook for this recipe!
Edamame is one of my favorite snacks so I was excited to try it in a new way.  A little olive/avocado oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper and you are seasoned and ready to devour this yummy salad.  I had a few friends over last week for dinner and made this recipe for the first time to test it out. The verdict was unanimous; they loved it!  Enjoy!


2 C. frozen shelled edamame
1 ½ C. fresh corn kernels (I was lazy and used a no salt added can)
1 ½ C. Mango cubes (1 medium)
1 C. tomato, chopped
½ C. red onion, chopped
1 cup black beans
2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 T. EVOO (I used avocado oil)
1 T. lime juice
¾ t. salt
¼ t. black pepper

Prepare edamame per package directions.  Drain and rinse under cold water.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Stir in corn, tomato, onion, beans, cilantro, oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.  Toss well and chill until serving.  Enjoy!


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