Apple and Edamame Salad

I love vacation. I’ve got time to cook, hang out with my awesome famila and freunden (the word for “friends” in German), and spend time in the gorgeous, green Germany countryside (especially in spring). Today was one of those great days, including a get-together full of delicious food and perhaps a wee bit of wine ;). I brought this Apple and Edamame Salad. The dressing brings it all together–it gave it just the right amount of tang and sweetness. My dad even took a third helping of this salad–now that’s saying something!

The picture below is the salad without the dressing or sunflower seeds, but it gives you a good idea of all the pretty colors, especially from the purple cabbage.


Apple and Edamame Salad



  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


Place all the ingredients in a container that can be tightly sealed. Shake the container to combine all the ingredients before dressing the salad.



  • 200 g spinach/rucola salad mix
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped purple cabbage
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup shelled frozen edamame, thawed
  • 2 Granny smith apples, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Mix all the ingredients together. Dress immediately before serving.

*I want to say thank you to the Spicy RD for sharing this recipe. While I made a couple adaptations based on what was available, you can find the original recipe using this link:

Also, Happy Memorial Day–thanks to all those who have served or are still serving!


What National Day of Food is Your Birthday?!

I was just checking my favorite blog (, which you should also check out, and was provided the link to something awesome. What is this something awesome? Every day of the year has been declared some national day of food! Today is National Raspberry Tart Day, and my birthday happens to be National Peanut Day! How cool is that?! Good thing I’m not allergic and I am also a peanut butter fanatic. Please go check what national day of food your birthday is using this link:

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Being that this is my first attempt at food photography, my skills are… limited, to say the least. A purple bowl against a purple backdrop (a.k.a. my bed comforter)–who does that? Still, I wanted to share one of my favorite breakfasts. If it weren’t for this oatmeal I am not sure I would have gotten out of bed this morning. Even though there’s only two weeks left in the semester, I feel like I am already checked out. Anyhow, this is easy peasy and quite delicious, so I hope you’ll give it a try at some point!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 banana


Add water to oats so they’re covered. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in peanut butter and cut up a banana to throw on top. And that’s it!