Monday, December 28, 2015

Edamame, Seaweed and Tofu Salad

   It is a light, low calorie salad, yet highly nutritious. The seaweed helps reduce inflammation and is an important source of trace minerals. The real star of this salad is the edamame, which is filled with protein and cholesterol lowering properties and it has also been found to help prevent breast and prostate cancer.

   4 servings
⅓ cup rice vinegar
1½ tablespoons walnut oil
1½ teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Small pinch cayenne pepper
1 pound extra-firm tofu, cubed
½ small daikon radish, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
¼ ounce wakame seaweed, soaked in water for 1 hour
1½ teaspoons sesame seeds
2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed, rinsed, and patted dry
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
   1. To make the dressing, in a large bowl, whisk the vinegar, walnut oil, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and cayenne together until well combined. Gently fold in the tofu and radish until coated and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
   2. Meawhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and add the seaweed; boil for 15 minutes, until soft and drain well. Put the sesame seeds in a small, dry skillet over medium low heat and toast, swirling the pan, for about 3 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Pour the seeds out onto a plate and cool.
   3. Remove the tofu from the marinade and set aside on a plate. Add the drained seaweed and edamame to the dressing and toss well to combine. Gently fold the tofu back into the salad until evenly combined and transfer it to a serving plate.
   4. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the top, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

    Often found floating in miso soup, wakame looks like slippery spinach, but as you see here, it can also easily become a salad. It is a diuretic, which means it helps reduce the amount of water in the body. Because it prevents bloating and is packed with osteoporosis preventing calcium and magnesium, wakame is sometimes referred to as the womens seaweed. But the wakame benefits dont end there this seaweed is also high in important trace minerals and is one of the few non animal sources of vitamin B12.

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