Couscous and Edamame Salad

There are some words that are just plain cool. You know, the ones that roll off your tongue and are fun to write in cursive. Ironically two pretty cool words found their way into this Couscous and Edamame Salad.

Couscous and Edamame Salad

Couscous has been a part of mediterranean cooking for centuries. The tiny little grains make a light, but hearty addition to a meal. Edamame is in the soybean family and is a good source of protein and fiber, according to WHFoods. Together in this salad, they make a great combination of texture and flavor.

I love the chewy, salty, crunchy and chilled elements of ingredients in this salad. It would be great to take on a picnic or enjoy as a light lunch. If you’re looking to fill up even more you could add some chicken or tuna! I added beets for more color and flavor, but the salad tastes great either way.

Couscous and Edamame Salad

Couscous and Edamame Summer Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of cooked couscous (according to package directions)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked edamame
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
  • 2 green onions, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts*
  • For Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

For the salad: Cook couscous according to package directions. Fluff and let cool. In a separate bowl add cooled couscous, edamame, corn, garbanzo beans, green onions, cranberries, feta and pine nuts.

For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, lemon, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Pour the vinaigrette over the couscous and toss to coat evenly.

*To toast the pine nuts, heat small skillet to medium heat. Add pine nuts and shimmy in pan   until light golden brown. This happens quickly so don’t go anywhere!

Couscous and Edamame Salad

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I am so excited because I have a few surprises in store but I can’t reveal them for a couple weeks, so stay tuned! Hope you enjoy the salad.

Love food. Love self. Love life.

Gabriela

Acai Bowl

Last weekend while I was visiting San Diego I devoured an Acai Bowl for the first time. It’s a smoothie-parfait-like treat topped with berries, granola and honey. My friends claimed the Pirates Cove Tiki Port near Ocean Beach has the best Acai Bowl they’ve ever had. Now I’m on a mission to duplicate it at home!

Acai Bowl with Granola, Fresh Berries, Banana and Honey

Acai Bowl at Pirates Cove Tiki Port in San Diego.

After researching I found that acai is popular in Brazil. This superfood is typically grown in the Amazon, but can be found frozen at a specialty grocery store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Acai is full of antioxidants and is a natural source of energy!

Acai Bowl Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 frozen acai packets
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • Fresh banana slices, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon agave or honey
  • Optional: Hemp seeds (these have lots of omega-3!) or toasted coconut

Directions:

Run the acai packet under hot water or let sit out for a few minutes to slightly defrost! Blend together acai, frozen banana, frozen berries and apple juice until smooth. Pour into bowl. Top with granola, fresh fruit, honey and any other desired toppings.

San Diego Beach

Above are my friends Bridie and Julia, below is my cousin Stephanie, and we’re pictured at Mission and Ocean Beach. Bring a bit of the beach to your kitchen this summer and make an Acai Bowl for breakfast!

Homemade Pita Chips and Hummus

Happy Academy Awards Sunday! Whether you are heading over to a friend’s house to watch the Red Carpet pre-show or snuggling on the couch waiting for the Best Actress to be announced, homemade pita chips and hummus are the perfect snack.

Remember when I posted about the health benefits of Garbanzo Beans? You can reap the nutrients of these beans through hummus! Here is the recipe that I posted on my other food blog, HERBan Explorer. The hummus recipe is from my boyfriend’s Lebanese family, so it is 100% authentic!

Hummus

Hummus at the store costs around $5! Use that money to buy ingredients and you can make an even bigger homemade batch.

 

You can also make your own homemade pita chips, which I also featured on HERBan Explorer. It only takes a few minutes with a few inexpensive ingredients and you will have the perfect crunchy partner for your creamy dip!

Pita Chips and Hummus

On a different note, I am selling my Nikon Coolpix P80 Camera so I can upgrade to a DSLR. Visit the listing on Craigslist if you are interested! It is a lightweight camera that takes super high quality pictures–perfect for everyday use or special occasions.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette is a light and flavorful dressing to top any kind of salad. To get my favorite balsamic vinaigrette recipe, visit the latest post on my HERBan Explorer blog.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Did you know that there is a science behind making a perfectly balanced salad? In the post you will also find out about the ideal combination of flavors and textures.