Sometimes the simple pleasures are the most fulfilling, yet rarely do they get the attention they deserve. A hug. Fresh fruit. Swinging at the park. The summer is a wonderful time of year for these simple pleasures. Picnics, for example, can incorporate all of these; they are a perfect excuse for indulgence in simple pleasures.
I was feeling inspired by a recent family picnic when I stumbled across this site where Mark Bittman (the minimalist) lays out 101 picnic dishes that you can make in less than 20 minutes. Add that onto the fact that I had been thinking recently about making some sort of edamame salad, and my mouth watered at the lemony thought of the one presented here.
The simplicity of the recipe, of course, is what makes it so spectacular. The exact amounts of the ingredients aren’t as important. I’ve included what I did below, but I think next time I’ll decrease the oil a bit and increase the lemon and mint slightly. This is a great one to either serve immediately, or store for a little to take to your next picnic!
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lemon, juice and zest
salt and pepper, to taste
16 oz edamame, frozen or fresh, out of the pod, steamed
1/3 c parmesan, grated
1/2 Tbsp mint, cut on a chiffonade
Combine the first 3 ingredients, whisk together. Add the rest, and toss to combine.