Edamame and Asparagus Salad

If you haven’t taken advantage of asparagus season, you’re not too late. But act fast, as it will soon be over.

Asparagus is not just a taste treat. It’s packed with nutritional goodies. Check out my post Six top reasons to eat asparagus. But then add that it also acts as a prebiotic food, something that stimulates and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.

Edamame are no slouches either when it comes to nutritional benefits. These beans, which are known as immature soybeans, are packed with protein, healthy fats, fibre, folate along with an assortment of phytonutrients with both heart health benefits and anti-cancer action.

If you’re firing up your grill this weekend, then be sure to add this dish to your menu. It’s from Fruits & Veggies – Half Your Plate, a super resource for healthy eating tips and recipes

Edamame and Asparagus Salad

Makes 5 1-cup servings

Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus
1 tbsp sesame oil
500 grams edamame, shelled
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Toss asparagus with sesame oil. Place on preheated greased grill over medium heat. Grill, turning occasionally for 7 minutes or until tender but firm and golden. Remove to cutting board and chop; set aside.

Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling salted water, cook edamame for 5 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl; add asparagus.

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic and salt and drizzle over asparagus mixture. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.

Nutrition information per serving:
• Calories: 170
• Protein: 12 grams
• Fat: 11 grams
• Saturated fat: 1.5 gram
• Carbohydrate: 7 grams
• Dietary fibre: 2 grams
• Sodium: 200 milligrams

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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2 Comments on “Edamame and Asparagus Salad”

  1. Vicky Dekker
    June 28, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

    ‘Love this recipe! I always like the edamame addition. But,I have a question, Rosie, if you do t mind. I am currently getting over Covid and playing way too many solitaire and word games! 😱 the commercials that show up often, are for these keto Gummies, which promise to burn off the fat while you sleep! 40 pounds, in three weeks. How can they do that?and how do they get away with it? ‘Just wondering. Thanks for looking into it, if you decide to do so. Dr. Oz and Oprah are involved.

    • June 30, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

      Thank you so much for your feedback about the recipe! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I would like to wish you a speedy recovery from Covid and according to the experts, resting is key for recovering! Now to the commercials you are seeing, there are no regulations dealing with these kinds of ads on the internet. One of the best sayings to keep in mind as you see these advertisements: If it sounds to good to be true, it most likely is. They can also use people’s names without their permission. In order to stop them, they would likely have to threaten legal action.

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