This salad is so fresh and delicious and it pairs perfectly with Chinese Dumplings for a balanced meal.

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Ingredients:

2 Zucchini, julienned

1 carrot, julienned

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup cilantro

1 cup edamame (I used frozen edamame)

1 avocado, cut into medium chunks

1 TB freshly grated ginger

1 TB garlic, finely chopped

2 TB of pine nuts or cashews

1 TB white or black sesame seeds

Pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

For the dressing:

1 TB peanut butter

1/2 tsp honey

4 TB lime juice, separated (about the juice of 2 limes)

1 TB dark or 2 TB light sesame oil

2 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

If you have a julienne machine thing-y, use that to julienne your zucchinis and carrot. If you don’t, like me, use a mandolin or sharp knife to julienne your zucchinis and carrots. Here’s how I did it…

First, cut the ends off the zucchini.

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Then slice the zucchini.

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Using a sharp knife, slice the zucchini longways to create julienne strips.

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Do the exact same thing with the carrot.

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Add both to a large bowl.

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This recipe is much, much more flavorful if you use fresh ginger. This is not the time for dried, ground ginger.

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Use a microplane or zester to finely grate your ginger root.

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Add the ginger to the zucchini and carrot along with the cilantro, scallion, edamame, garlic, pine nuts, sesame seeds, and a good pinch of the salt and pepper.

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Edamame (soy beans) is sold is many different forms, but I use frozen edamame that I find in the freezer section near the vegetables at my local grocery store.

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Don’t even worry about defrosting them. By the time the salad is done, they will be defrosted.

To make the dressing:

In a measuring cup, add the peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, 2 TB of lime juice (about 1 lime), and the salt and pepper.

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Whisk to combine.

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Mix the dressing into the salad. You will notice that it is very thick. Once you have coated the salad as best as possible. Add the 1/4 of olive oil and the other 2 TB of lime juice (about 1 lime). TASTE the salad to make sure it doesn’t need any extra salt or pepper.

Lastly, add the chopped avocado.

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Gently mix in the avocado.

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Serve with an extra sprinkling of sesame seeds.

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Serve this with some delicious Chinese dumplings.