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Recipe #60: Avocado, Feta, & Edamame Salad Garnished With Spring Onions

Posted Jan 22 2010 12:00am

I absolutely adore avocados.  Their subtle creamy taste makes them a very versatile ingredient; there's so much that can be done with them! They can be used as a base/background ingredient or can be featured as the main attraction. They can be utilized in both savory & sweet dishes. The creative possibilities are endless....

And of course, they are also very nutritious.  I won't rattle off their many merits in this post, but if you'd like to read more about their health benefits, you can do so here .

Last week I had a craving for avocados. Big time.

Now normally, in this instance, I'd probably make  "Solorunner's Infamously Addictive Kale Salad Recipe" , which is quite delicious & nutritious. You could say that, for me, this kale salad recipe was the go-to recipe of 2009. My runner pals used to crack jokes on Twitter about how many times I made/ate that recipe as a "training staple." :)

Even though that recipe is truly wonderful, I think that perhaps I need to give it a rest for a bit & move onto something else for a while. No matter how tasty a recipe can be, if made one too many times, it can dull the desire for it, (at least momentarily).

So, I went in search of another recipe to satisfy my avocado cravings. I perused the web & also this blog's existing archives (i.e.,  Avocado Soup , Steak Fajitas with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa , Seared Tuna Drizzled with Wasabi Ginger Soy Sauce , Salsa Roja , Sina Qua Non Salad , etc.) for ideas. Although there was a lot of variety to be had, I wasn't really finding anything that I was in the mood to eat.

A recipe has just got to hit the spot at a particular moment in time. You know what I mean?!  It's often a mood thing, which is why I usually don't like to plan meals 5 light years in advance.  Sometimes, I don't know what I want to eat until my stomach starts to growl. :)

Speaking of which, I like to remain flexible when planning meals for any given week, preferring to generate a roster of ideas that can be rotated around or completely changed to suit what we are hungry for on a particular night, versus having a hard & fast selection for each day of the week.  Erik & I aren't the type of couple who schedule "date night" every Wednesday, so it logically follows that we don't want to eat beans & rice every Monday evening either. :)  We just don't think that way.  We don't like to live our lives like pre-programmed robots. We are both creative souls (in both the arts & sciences), & need room to breathe. We live for variety & not always knowing what we are going to eat every Monday. :)  Besides, too much routine dulls the senses.  At our house, we like every day to be a "food adventure."

Anyhow.... Since I couldn't find anything that satisfied the senses in that particular moment, I decided to create a new recipe. That's the nice thing about creativity: When you've "got nothing," you can always dream up something. :)

So, below is the new recipe I created as a result:  (It was inspired by a snack idea listed in an earlier posting .)

Yeah, I know this isn't a photo of the salad I made, because you can clearly see radishes & other ingredients not included in the below recipe, plus there's no edamame, scallions, & sumac, but it's close enough. :)

Avocado, Feta, & Edamame Salad Garnished With Spring Onions

1 avocado, pitted & sliced into 1/2" slivers
1/2 c. edamame, shelled & cooked (NOTE: Boil in water & steam.)
2 green onions (scallions), sliced crosswise into thin rounds
1/2 c. nonfat feta cheese, broken into bite-sized chunks (NOTE: President brand makes a non-fat version; best to buy it in solid block form; not only is it a better value, but it lasts slightly longer in this way.)
freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of 1/2 a lemon) (NOTE: Can also use lime juice.)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
a dash of sumac, to taste (optional)

Directions: Toss all ingredients into a bowl & mix thoroughly.  And that's it!  Yes, it's really that simple. :)

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