An old friend of Mark’s named Jeff recently came to visit. Jeff is vegan so his visit gave me an opportunity to try out some new recipes.
First up, we had edamame salad which we put in pita bread to make sandwiches. The recipe link is from RecipeZaar; I wanted to pass it on because the salad is wonderful. My neighbor introduced me to it when she brought the edamame salad to a picnic a few weeks ago. In addition to edamame, the salad consists of corn, red pepper, green and red onion, parsley, and basil. The veggies are tossed in a very light lemon Dijon vinaigrette. Like I said, we ate it stuffed in pita bread. My neighbor served it at the picnic with tortilla chips. Anyway you decide to serve it, it’s a yummy alternative to green salads and can easily be made a meal itself. It’s also wonderfully colorful – you can’t help but feel healthy eating it.
edamame: $2.79 (1 frozen package)
3 cups corn: $.97 (3/4 of a package that cost $1.29)
1 red pepper: $1.33
green and red onions: $.50 (I’m guessing the cost since I didn’t use all of either the green or red onion)
basil: $.50 (about 1/6 of a bunch that cost $2.99)
parsley: $.30 (about 1/6 of a bunch that cost $1.79)
1 lemon: $.39
Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper: something negligible; let’s call it $.50
Grand total: $7.28
Number of servings: 8
Cost per serving: $.91
Here’s the tally if you put it in pita bread like we did:
Edamame salad: $7.28
Pita bread: $3.98 (for 8 pitas)
Grand total: $11.26
Price per serving (for 8 servings): $1.41
However you serve it, this dish is cheap and healthy. What a great combination.