This blog post was due in 40 hours and I didn’t have a subject in mind. I did just have an awesome Memorial Day weekend, but I didn’t think a list of my great times would be a thrilling read.

There was one thing, however, that I thought would be appreciated if I passed it on: The recipe for the most wonderful salad in the world. I ate this three times over the holiday weekend and thought, yeah, I’ll share this with Our Voices readers.

I was about 2 paragraphs into writing the post when I realized that, um, I’d already written about this salad a year or two ago. That was almost more than a little bit embarrassing. The good news is that I had another epic summer salad recipe in my back pocket so I could stick with my theme. You don’t want to miss this one either!

 Strawberry, white bean and edamame salad is so delicious that we had it multiple times a day for 3 days straight. It tastes like the spirit of spring and summer all wrapped up in one package.

This salad has light, bright, fruity fresh flavors that are balanced by the tanginess of the feta cheese. The basil and the strawberry are a perfect herbal-fruit combination. The edamame and white beans are toothsome in contrast to the fruit, which makes for an excellent mouth feel. Topped upon a bed of spinach leaves, and drizzled with the light vinaigrette it’s got a lot going on but somehow it all comes together in one salad-like symphony of flavor and texture.

It paired well with both the steaks and barbequed chicken we served one weekend. We enjoyed a lunchtime bowl of it alongside chewy como bread and a glass of rose wine. We also fed some to a friend who subsequently asked for the recipe. Delightfully delicious yet equally nutritious, you won’t regret whipping this up one spring-summer weekend.

Alicia Diefenbach

My name is Alicia Diefenbach and I’m a Community Relations Specialist at Verity Credit Union.  I absolutely love my role at Verity!  I have the opportunity to explore the communities in which we’re located, reach out to organizations and individuals making these places dynamic, inviting places to live, and get involved with activities that support their well-being.

In my spare time I dote on my vegetable garden.  It still never ceases to amaze me that I can create my dinner out of dirt, some seeds, and cooperative weather.   I love my dog, Frank.  Also, I go to rock shows.  A whole lotta rock shows.

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