Grape and Edamame Salad

14 Jan

After holiday season, everyone is trying to eat healthy. I wanted to come up with a tasty salad that would provide enough protein to be a main dish. Soybeans, edamame,  are the only common plant food that contain complete protein. Soybean protein provides all the essential amino acids in the amounts needed for human health. The amino acid profile of soy protein is nearly equivalent in quality to meat, milk and egg protein.      One cup of grapes, with about 100 calories, provides more than a quarter of the daily recommended values of vitamins K and C. Grape seeds, which are edible, are chock-full of antioxidants. This nutritious salad can be topped with cooked shrimp, scallops, chicken or avocado for a delicious dinner. I chose to sear scollops for our salads.                                                             Wishing you healthy start to New Year!

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp  white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Salad

  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shelled cooked edamame
  • mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup seedless red or black grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh basil and parsley
  • 1 tbs lemon zest

Toss the greens and herbs with dressing. Plate the greens and top with rest of the ingredients.

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