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by on February 13th, 2012

Tomato and Edamame Salad

I have a confession! And, I’m sure NO ONE has ever done this.

First, I want to say Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and I hope you have something in mind for your special valentine that involves chocolate. Just in case you don’t and you want a little sweet treat, here’s my Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Dipped Strawberry that will be a great finish to your meal.

This salad has some yummy RED (for Valentine’s Day) tomatoes to go with your dinner any night. I should have done some type of decadent chocolate dessert, but then I would be forced to eat it. So, instead, here’s a pretty healthy salad recipe for you to try.

Several years ago while on a mother/daughter trip with a friend and her daughter we visited San Francisco and then Napa. While in San Francisco we had sushi at Ozumo. You ask me how I could possibly remember the name of the restaurant from 5 years ago. Well, I journal all trips we make especially the food and the restaurants. So, we had their edamame made with sautéed garlic and a splash of soy sauce and it was outstanding and is now the only way I eat edamame.

So, my confession. We have a favorite sushi place that we go to about once a month. One time my friend and I had lunch there so I sauteed my garlic and took it in a small container and then we order their steamed edamame. I took out my garlic, added it to the bowl of edamame and then added a splash of soy sauce.  The waitress came by and wanted to know what smelled so good and I confessed what I did.  The next time my husband and I visited that restaurant (we always sit at the bar so we can watch) I asked if they could saute some garlic and add to the edamame and they did. Then on another visit when I asked for the same, the waiter said “oh, are you the one that asked for that before”. I said yes.  I think they KNOW it is a better option that sprinkling it heavily with their Cajun season (I’m sure that’s what they were putting on their spicy edamame.).

I love eating edamame and decided it would be delicious in this tomato salad. the edamame can be purchased shelled in the freezer section which will save you a lot of time with the shelling. The different colors, shapes, and taste of these tomatoes are perfect with the edamame.

Another salad recipe to add to your collection.

Pretty healthy looking ingredients.

Thinly slice the radishes and set aside.

After blanching edamame for 2-3 minutes in boiling water, put in ice water to stop the cooking process and then drain.

Finely mince the garlic and add to the oil and vinegar.

Tomato and Edamame Salad

1 carton mixed color tomatoes
1/2 pkg. radishes, sliced thin
1/2 pkg. frozen edamame, thawed
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 c. loosely packed cilantro
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
pinch crushed red pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil, or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

Wash and dry the tomatoes and cut in half. Thaw the edamame and cook in microwave for 2 minutes, remove and put in ice water to stop cooking. Slice the radishes very thin and then mix the tomatoes, edamame and radishes together.

For the dressing mix the olive oil and rice vinegar together. Add in the salt and pepper, garlic and red chili flakes. Pour this over the salad and toss to mix. Sprinkle in the cilantro and toss just to mix.

Enjoy!

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