It’s time for some Weekday Supper fun! My friends have been sharing so many awesome ideas for quick and easy (and healthy) meals that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely get on board with that! Today, I am serving up one of my favorite summer dishes: a sesame salad with edamame.
Living in Florida, the summer can be absolutely scorching. The humidity makes me want to retreat into my house and hide from sunup to sundown. Hot food almost completely loses its appeal to me during these hot weeks, so I love turning to salads for dinner. They also happen to be a great way to create a healthy dinner! With my desire to eat salads all the time, I do have to continually switch up the ingredients to make sure I don’t get burned out with the same choices. I adore Asian inspired flavors, so this sesame salad vegetable combo really spoke to me. What’s really great is that you can easily find all of the ingredients in your grocery store!
This sesame salad with edamame is definitely a winner in my salad repertoire. The crisp lettuce cools you down, the carrots add crunch, red bell pepper imparts sweetness, and there’s a punch of protein from the edamame. I love sprinkling mine with and sesame seeds (and even some chia seeds too) for extra texture.
In my book, salads are definitely a fantastic meal for a weeknight; they don’t have to be solely served as a side dish! Think about how to make them shine as the main course; filling your plate completely with veggies is a great way to make healthy choices while still satisfying. Edamame is a great bean to help in that process; they provide protein to keep you full, but are light in flavor and won’t weigh you down! When you’re creating entree salads at home, try out different greens – I use butter lettuce for this salad, but you can experiment with crunchy romaine, peppery arugula, spinach, and more! This particular salad is also a vegetarian option (if you’re diving in for a “Meatless Monday” or meatless day of the week in your home), but you could easily top yours with a grilled Teriyaki chicken breast, shrimp, or other meat/seafood you desire. It’s up to you!
Are you a fan of salads in the summer? What do you top your greens with?
- 2 cups lettuce (I use butter lettuce)
- ½ cup edamame, unshelled
- ¼ cup shredded carrots
- ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp sesame vinaigrette
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Add lettuce, edamame, carrots, and bell pepper to a plate or bowl.
- Drizzle with sesame vinaigrette.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds, fresh cracked pepper, and serve: enjoy!
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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.
Make sure you check out the other amazing recipes offered for Weekday Supper this week!
Monday – Blueberry Chicken and Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Tuesday – Greek Shrimp with Orzo, Tomato and Feta by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Wednesday – Sesame Salad with Edamame by Ruffles & Truffles
Thursday – Portugese Flank Steak by Family Foodie
Friday – Pasta & Pea Sauce by The Foodie Army Wife