Sunday, May 11, 2008

Edamame + Black Bean Summer Salad

As much as I hate to do it, I'm planning to start posting shorter blog entries during the next couple of months. Tomorrow is the official start of my Bar Exam prep classes, which means that things are about to get a little crazy around here.

However, I intend to post as often as I can during that hellish period of my life. In fact, to that end, I recently started another blog, which is non-food based. It's called Ms. (Future) Esq., and so far it basically consists of a few entries re: my rants about the Bar Exam.

Although I highly doubt that anyone would willingly go along with me on a 2-month-long Bar bitch-session, if anyone out there has masochistic tendencies, please feel free to join me...

Alright, on to the issue at hand. One thing that I've recently discovered about myself is that salads seem to cure my foul moods. I've been fighting one of those dreadful summer colds for the past week, so I wanted something summery and light to make me feel better. As a result, I turned to a salad recipe that's been collecting dust in my recipe stack for quite awhile now.

The salad that I made contains both edamame and black beans, as well as grape tomatoes and corn. As a result, it packs a protein punch and exhibits a beautiful array of colors. It was quick and simple to put together (which is always nice when you're not feeling the best) and would probably make a fantastic picnic or potluck dish. The greens, yellows, reds, and other colors in the salad definitely make it one of my visual favorites, too.

CH and I ended up eating it with veggie burgers and some vegan scalloped potatoes. However, I think it would also be great as a light lunch with a bit of bread. Basically, no matter what you serve it with, this is one great salad!

Recipe: Edamame + Black Bean Summer Salad
(adapted from

5 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 lb. shelled edamame, frozen
3 c. corn kernels, frozen
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 (15oz.) can black beans, rinsed & drained

1.) In large bowl, whisk red wine vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, sugar, & salt together. Set aside.
2.) Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add frozen edamame, boiling for 3 mins. Add frozen corn to water & continue cooking for 2 more mins.
3.) Drain edamame & corn well, & pour into bowl with dressing.
4.) Add grape tomatoes, scallions, & black beans, & gently stir to mix.
5.) Cover & refrigerate for 2hrs., then stir & serve.

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  1. Ouch, good luck with your prep for the bar exam!

  2. The short posts will be find, since you'll obviously be busy - BEST of luck to you with your bar exam prep classes!!

    In the meantime, that bean salad is so colorful, and sounds absolutely delectable - yum!

  3. Good luck on your Bar exam prep!

    That salad looks perfect for a hot summer day.

  4. That salad looks good. I have some edamame in the freezer that I was wondering what to do with.

  5. I love love love black bean salads and yours look terrific!

    I've watched many law clerks and future associates in our firm take the bar exam and anxiously await results. Most said if they didn't pass, they wouldn't take it again. So, I guess, make sure you study hard and only have to take it once!

  6. I certainly don't envy you. I did a year of law school (wasn't the right career choice for me), and I remember the horror stories of bar prep madness. But you'll get through it!

    I'm trying this salad tonight, by the way.

  7. I wish you the best of luck with your prep class! You'll do great!

    The summer salad sounds super. Light, fresh salads are one of my favorite things to eat in the summer when you don't want to heat the house up too much cooking an elaborate meal.

  8. good luck with the bar exams! it's a pain, but a good kind of pain, right?

  9. the prep classes don't exactly sound like the funnest (haha) thing ever, but that salad looks great! cold salads are my favorite way to have edamame - mmm, i love those little soybean guys!

  10. Anything as colourful as your salad is right down my alley. One look at it and you already feel refreshed :).
    Good luck with you bar exam!

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  12. Have fun getting ready for the bar exam!! You will kick butt I'm sure.

    And yum, I wish I had some of that salad right now on this very hot day in texas!

  13. That's the kind of salad I really love! Delicious and refreshing!



  14. Holy Moly! Just finished making this one and did a prelim taste test...I am in love!!!!

  15. Wonderful flavor! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


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