Two Peas and Their Pod

Spinach and Edamame Salad

It’s been a long week. We haven’t slept much since Caleb has been sick. He is doing a little better, but he still can’t beat the nasty cough and runny nose. This is his first time being sick so it’s been really hard on us. We are paranoid first time parents:) The doctor’s office knows Josh very well. Every time he calls, they say, “is this Caleb’s dad?” He doesn’t even have to tell them who it is:)  Thanks everyone for your concern and well wishes. We really appreciate it!

Our meals have been simple this week because we’ve been spending most of our time snuggling with our sick little pea. Last night I made one of my favorite salads for dinner-Spinach and Edamame Salad. This salad recipe comes from my darling friend, Bev, who blogs at Bev Cooks. I recently made this salad for a Tasty Kitchen post and it has become a staple in our house. I could eat it every day!

The salad is packed with tasty ingredients: spinach, edamame, chickpeas, dried cranberries, pepitas, and carrots. I wish we could feed this salad to Caleb. It would probably cure his sickness in an instant. There are so many “good for you” foods in this salad! The carrots and pepitas add a nice crunch, while the chickpeas and edamame add a bit of creaminess in every bite. I love a little bit of sweetness in my salads and the dried cranberries add the perfect amount.

The lemon olive oil dressing is simple to make. All you have to do is combine fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a jar and shake. Nice, huh? The dressing is refreshing, light, and doesn’t overpower the simple flavors of the salad. It is the perfect ending to this nutritious and colorful salad.

This salad keeps really well in the refrigerator. I like to make a large salad so I can enjoy leftovers later in the week. It is good every time! Just keep the dressing separate until you are ready to eat.

For the Spinach and Edamame Salad recipe and step-by-step photos, visit Tasty Kitchen. Hopefully, this salad will prevent us from coming down with whatever bug Caleb had. No more sickness in our house! It’s just not allowed. Have a great weekend everyone!

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37 Responses to “Spinach and Edamame Salad”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 13, 2012 @ 4:18 am

    I eat edamame almost every day and simple, citrus-based dressings are right up my alley, too!

  2. This is simply lovely! Yum!

  3. jenna — April 13, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    love these photos! this salad looks delish.

  4. Blog is the New Black — April 13, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I love unique salads!

  5. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 13, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Gorgeous salad!

  6. Love this salad! Simply gorgeous!!!

  7. Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 13, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I loved this salad the moment I saw it. And hey I have everything needed already at home. Guess I’ll be making it this weekend!

  8. Jenny Flake — April 13, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    So healthy and beautiful!!

  9. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 13, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I need more healthy salads like this!

  10. JulieD — April 13, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Looks so good!! Hope your little one feels better soon and that you get some rest too!

  11. Becky at Vintage Mixer — April 13, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Looks like the perfect lunch to me!! Great photography too Maria!!

  12. HeatherChristo — April 13, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    beautiful, simple and delicious salad Maria. Hope that this weekend is easier and that Caleb is starting to turn the corner :)

  13. Julie @ Table for Two — April 13, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    looks great, Maria! I hope Caleb continues to get better :)

  14. Tracey — April 13, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    Sorry to hear Caleb is still sick, hope he’s back to his happy self soon :) Your salad looks wonderful, so colorful!

  15. This salad looks so refreshing. What’s not to love?

  16. Hugs and kisses to sweet Baby Caleb. How I love the IG pictures of your sweet baby boy!

  17. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 13, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    I hope your son feels better soon! This salad looks really good and so colorful. I love chickpeas!

  18. Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 13, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    This is such a powerhouse salad! So beautiful & colorful! I really hope Caleb gets better soon!!! :)

  19. Margarita — April 13, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Love all the healthy stuff in this salad… with filling chickpeas and edamame! The dressing looks delish too!

  20. Aggie — April 13, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Awww, I hope Caleb feels better real soon. Poor guy. It’s never fun when the littles aren’t feeling well.

    Love love love this salad. I’ve been slacking on spinach salads lately, this one has so many good things in it! I’m really loving the pepitas and the sweet cranberries. I need to make this for dinner. Asap.

  21. Erica — April 13, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    Hope little man is doing better. GREAT simple salad. I don’t use edamame enough. Hope you guys have a nice weekend

  22. marla — April 13, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Love this simple meal … I hope Caleb feels better really quickly :)

  23. Sara @OneTribeGourmet — April 13, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    I eat spinach everyday ever since I became a semi-vegetarian! I never thought of adding edamame, but now I will! Love the fresh homemade dressing too!

  24. Being a salad lover, I am drooling over this one. LOVE all the ingredients here. So yummy and healthy. Oh and I can’t stop thinking about your guac grilled cheese :)

  25. Joanne — April 13, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Aww poor little baby! Hope he gets better soon! And maybe some of the nutrients from the salad will get to him through you…if so, I’m sure he’ll be cured in no time! It looks so delicious!

  26. Kiran @ — April 13, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    Lovely salad.

    Hope Caleb gets well soon. Hugs :)

  27. Léa — April 14, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    Best wishes, hope he gets better soon!

  28. CJ - Food Stories — April 14, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    I’ve been following your site for a few weeks now. Honestly, I can’t even remember how I found you but I just wanted to let you know that I’m enjoying your work.

  29. It’s nice to have a low-carb and veggie-based meal sometimes. The lemon dressing looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  30. Bev Weidner — April 15, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Hey that looks SOOOO GOOD. 😉 Thank you for the shout out, my dear. <3

    I hope Caleb is feeling better!

  31. Alida (Alida's Kitchen) — April 15, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    I love all the colors in this salad. Looks wonderful and super tasty!

  32. susan — April 15, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    hope you are all on the mend!

  33. Jeanette — April 15, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    So sorry to hear Caleb’s been sick. I remember those days…it is so nerve wracking when your little one gets sick for the first time. Meanwhile, glad to see that you are keeping yourself well nourished with this beautiful healthy salad.

  34. Mary @ Fit and Fed — April 20, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I make a salad that is a lot like this, inspired by Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad. Mine has a carrot-ginger-miso dressing that I whip up in the blender.

    Hope your little one is starting to feel better by now.

  35. Kristina Vanni — April 23, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    This looks so fresh and tasty! Great way to incorporate fresh flavors for spring!

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  37. Ann P. — May 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Just reading this now–I’ve been catching up on your blogs since coming back from my trip overseas! I hope Caleb is all better by now, but just wanted to let you kn ow that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers! Poor little guy!

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