I don’t know about you, but as I get older, my lifestyle demands that I constantly be looking for food recipes that add a giant boost to my daily energy levels. The criteria is that they need to be quick and easy to prepare and taste great as well.
Recently, I discovered this salad that pays off all my requirements: simple to make and full of protein and nutrition, combined with delicious flavours. Two key ingredients; protein laden edamame soybeans and quinoa, a pseudocereal are what make it so nutritious.
My ‘Power Salad’
Create your own lunchtime power meal.
Here’s my delicious salad full of vegetable protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s guaranteed to energize you for the rest of the afternoon. Not only is it super simple, healthy, and quick to make, it tastes great too! Perfect not only for a busy retiree like myself, but someone still active and involved in the hectic workforce!!
The Salad Part
- 1 cup red Quinoa, cooked according to package
- 1 package frozen, shelled edamame beans, heated according to package directions
- 2 celery stalks, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup green (spring) onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 2 tablespoons Italian parsley roughly chopped
- 1 Gala apple, peeled and diced in cubes
- 1 medium avocado, sliced
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
Dressing the Part
- Juice of 1 medium lemon
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 – 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
All Together Now
- In a large bowl, gently combine all salad ingredients, adding the sliced avocado last and topping with the almonds — set aside.
- In another smaller bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together. You can even combine these ingredients using your mini hand mixer, pulsing rapidly until emulsified.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad, toss lightly and enjoy.
The result is what is often referred to as a warm salad, as both the edamame and the quinoa are incorporated with the rest of the salad ingredients while they are still warm from cooking. However, you can serve this salad chilled if preferred — just refrigerate for approximately 20 minutes before serving.
The combination of energy-packed ingredients will definitely give a boost to your lunchtime fare, taking salad to a new level, which will help see you through the rest of your busy day.
If you have only yourself to feed, my recommendation is to use just a portion of the salad along with just half the avocado. Top it off with about 1/3 of the dressing. Reserve the rest for the next day, stored in covered containers in your refrigerator.