Asparagus and Edamame Salad

asparagus and edamame salad

What is the best time to start eating more greens?

The first answer is a long time ago, but the second best answer is NOW.

Greens are SO GOOD FOR YOU. I’ll spare you all the nitty gritty, but greens are full of fibre, iron, antioxidants like vitamin C, chlorophyll, and many many more vitamins and minerals.

Plus eating greens just makes you feel good. You know you’re doing something good for your body.

So today’s the day, yes?

So how do we integrate more greens into our diet?

Simple. Buy your favourites and start planning recipes around them!

asparagus and edamame salad

If you aren’t sure where to start or don’t have a favourite (or simply don’t like them yet), I would start with spinach.

Why? It’s mild and can blend seamlessly into foods.

For instance: Spinach for breakfast. Blend a big ol’ handful of baby spinach into a smoothie. You won’t taste it (promise) but you’ll have more energy all day long.

How about lunch? You can make my Asparagus and Edamame salad, that is loaded with greens and placed on a bed of spinach! Or you could put some in the bottom of your soup bowl and ladle hot soup right on top. The spinach will wilt and add an extra element of health!

Dinner?  Spinach in your lasagna! In your stir fry! Spinach in your salad! See? You can eat spinach anywhere and everywhere. It’s like a delicious Dr. Seuss book.

Spinach here! Spinach there! You can eat spinach ANYWHERE!

Can you tell spinach is one of my favourite greens? It’s so versatile. And incredibly nutritious. A total winner and great green to start your NEW YOU that eats greens every day now!

Before I get too excited, back to the salad at hand.

asparagus and edamame salad

This one is great on it’s own. It can be served cold, warm, or at room temperature. Great for lunches at work, great for a fancy dinner at home..or just a regular dinner at home…or eaten directly out of there fridge over the sink. No, YOU did that.

If you can find a spicy sesame oil, like the one I used from Chosen Foods, I highly recommend it.

Enjoy! Get out there and eat your greens!

asparagus and edamame salad
Asparagus and Edamame Salad
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A hearty salad that will get you eating your greens every day!
Servings Prep Time
4 side dishes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 side dishes 15 minutes
asparagus and edamame salad
Asparagus and Edamame Salad
Print Recipe
A hearty salad that will get you eating your greens every day!
Servings Prep Time
4 side dishes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 side dishes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: side dishes
Instructions
  1. Wash asparagus and break off the wordy bottoms of the asparagus.
  2. Bring a cast iron pan up to medium heat on the stove.
  3. Toss asparagus in 1 tbsp of sesame oil and grill until asparagus has grill marks and is cooked, but not mushy, about 5-7 minutes, depending on thickness.
  4. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. If edamame is not cooked, steam until al dente, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces and place in a large bowl with edamame.
  7. Add 1 tbsp sesame oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Toss.
  8. Place on baby spinach and top with sesame seeds.
  9. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you do not have a cast iron pan, don't fret! You can roast the asparagus in the oven. Preheat to 425 degrees and place asparagus tossed in sesame oil on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes. Continue with recipe.

This recipe makes enough for four side dishes or two yummy main meals.

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