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).
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. :)