Oct 3

Mushroom & Edamame Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing Recipe {A Giveaway}


Mushroom, Edamame & Tomato Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing Recipe

Last week I told you about my one-person “Mushroom Fest”, which resulted in Vegetarian Mushroom & Cannellini Bean Ragout. Of course, I am drawn to mushrooms because of their distinctive earthy taste and that meaty texture that allows them to stand on their own in place of meat. Little did I know that my obsession with all-thing fungi was really healthy, too. If you have noticed the sudden appearance of pink paraphernalia in stores and on TV (loving those pink cleats the NFL players are sporting), then you are probably aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For several reasons, I feel it is important to support the important theme of this month.

Most of us have probably been effected by breast cancer in one way or another, whether we have lost a family member, supported a friend as she went through treatment after harrowing treatment or have fought breast cancer ourselves. It is a disease that puts fear into women with its meer mention. And yet, it is also a disease that can be fought with measures of prevention, early-detection (come on, ladies – don’t avoid those monthly self-exams) and treatments.

In my lifetime, I have seen both ends of the spectrum of breast cancer. My friend’s mother battled the disease for years, surrounded by the love of her family and instilled with a positive attitude that amazed all those around her. Unfortunately, she died before she had the chance to meet her grandchildren, before she was able to watch her youngest daughter take the Canadian theater scene by storm. And yet, she is there in all of her daughters and will live on in their kind and generous natures.

I also watched friends fight the disease and survive. They went through chemo and radiation treatments, lost their hair, spent months feeling sicker than sick, dealt with the aftermath of the surgeries and treatments (I had no idea!)…and came out the other side cancer-free. They are my heroes.

So, why am I writing about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and mushrooms in the same post? From September 15 to November 15, select retailers around the nation are selling mushrooms in pink containers in recognition of breast cancer research.

Since 2002, the Mushroom Council has invested more than $750,000 in grants to City of Hope for research on mushrooms and cancer. This fall, the Council will provide an additional $50,000 to continue funding this important research. Mushrooms and cancer? Who knew, right? Well, it turns out that mushrooms are not only low in calories and sodium and fat-free, but they are also contain powerful antioxidants. The City of Hope research is being pursued because of some early signs that these antioxidants may slow breast cancer growth. Bring on the mushrooms, I say.

If you are on Twitter, stop by the #gno Twitter party, hosted by Mom It Forward and the Mushorom Council on Tuesday, October 4th from 9-11pm EST. Also, be sure to scroll down to find out about the giveaway donated by the Mushroom Council.

Now, on to the recipe. This easy salad combines the early flavors of mushrooms, the pop of edamame and the freshness of tomatoes with a smoky spiced dressing. Serve it in martini glasses for a dramatic presentation as an appetizer salad, or mix it all together in a large bowl and serve it as a side dish. Either way, the flavors and textures will have you and your guests begging for more. By the way, if you like edamame as much as I do, be sure to check out this Edamame Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette by A Communal Table.

The recipe:

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.


Season mushrooms with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, Cook edamame according to package instructions, rinse under cold water and remove edamame from the pods. Discard pods.

Add the edamame and cherry tomatoes to the mushroom mixture and stir gently until just heated.

Mushroom Edamame 2

For the dressing, whisk together port wine vinegar (sherry vinegar will also work here), smoked paprika and salt. Slowly pour in olive oil, whisking constantly.

Mushroom Edamame 3

Arrange the mushroom and edamame salad in serving dishes and drizzle with dressing. Serve.

Mushroom Edamame LS

Other favorite mushroom dishes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Vegetarian Mushroom & Cannellini Bean Ragout
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Cannellini Bean Salad
Cookin’ Canuck’s Quinoa with Caramelized Mushrooms, Soy Sauce & Ginger
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic, Thyme & Balsamic Vinegar
Sippity Sup’s Perfectly Seared Scallops with Mushroom Risotto
Rasa Malaysia’s Mushroom Tikka Masala
Joy the Baker’s Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

The Giveaway:
The Mushroom Council is kindly providing some pretty cool items for one of my readers. The giveaway package includes:

Mushroom slicer
Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Saute Pan with Cover (5 Quart)
Book: MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better

To enter the giveaway, please do the following:

1) tell me how you support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and cancer prevention,
2) follow @MushroomChannel on Twitter and
3) like the Mushroom Channel Facebook page.

Just let me know in your comment that you completed these three things (you do not have to leave three separate comments). If you are not a Twitter or Facebook user, then let me know that and you will still be entered into the giveaway.

This giveaway will run from October 3-9 (at 5pm PST), 2011. It is open to residents of the United States. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator, such as random.org.

Mushroom, Edamame & Tomato Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 4 as side dish.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz. crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bags (9 oz) each edamame in pods
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Dressing:
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp port wine (or sherry) vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.Season mushrooms with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook edamame according to package instructions, rinse under cold water and remove edamame from the pods. Discard pods.
  3. Add the edamame and cherry tomatoes to the mushroom mixture and stir gently until just heated.
  4. For the dressing, whisk together port wine vinegar (sherry vinegar will also work here), smoked paprika and salt. Slowly pour in olive oil, whisking constantly.
  5. Arrange the mushroom and edamame salad in serving dishes and drizzle with dressing. Serve.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Mushroom Council. All opinions are my own.

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelley October 3, 2011 at 7:30 am

The smoked paprika dressing sounds perfect with the mushrooms! Well done!!


2 Allison October 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

Wow – this sounds great! Not a pairing I would expect but now I am dying to try it!!


3 Mushrooms Canada October 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

Hooray for Mushrooms Go PINK! This looks like a delicious recipe Dara! I love how you serve it in a martini glass for a dramatic presentation.
– Brittany


4 Bev Weidner October 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

Smoked paprika and mushrooms put my heart to rest.



5 Pretend Chef October 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

This salad looks so delicious. Great for a lunch idea. I try to donate or purchase items that help support Breast Cancer Awareness. I’d love to join a race sometime in the future as well.


6 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

One of my best friends just lost her mother to breast cancer last week, so this cause has been incredibly present for me lately. I support cancer prevention and awareness by eating yogurt–Activia does this thing called Cups of Hope, where there is a code on the inside of every lid that you can enter online, and for each code entered, 10 cents is donated to breast cancer research/support.


7 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

I follow @MushroomChannel on Twitter.


8 Pretend Chef October 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

I LIKED the Mushroom Channel’s Facebook page.


9 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

And I’m a fan of Mushroom Channel on Facebook.

Thanks for featuring this on your blog–it really is such a worthy cause that hits home for so many.


10 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

Fantastic! When a veggie dish is pretty, it’s so much easier to get the kids to eat it.


11 bellini October 3, 2011 at 9:27 am

I thought I was already friends with the Mushroom Council since I was at an event of theirs years ago in San Francisco, but I have rectified that. A number of companies sell all things ponk. It is a wonderful way to get the word out!


12 Sprigs of Rosemary October 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

I think maybe I do love mushrooms and endamame as much as you! I’m lucky I have smoked paprika and endamame in the freezer. (Only the endamame is in the freezer!) And I agree, the martini glass makes a great looking salad even more so!

My sister-in-law just finished her breast cancer treatment and my mother-in-law did a couple years ago and I know many other people who are haunted by the disease. Aside from making sure I — and my daughter – make sure we get mammograms and wear pink when asked, I started volunteering at a local hospice, not directly helping people with cancer, but helping with special events. It’s a little something.


13 Kari October 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

I try to buy products from companies that support breast cancer research. You can never have too much pink around!


14 Andrea M October 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

Awesome giveaway and Amazing recipe! we walk in the breast cancer awareness walks :)


15 Allison C October 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

We donate to friends who do runs, walks, or bike rides for cancer awareness. I purchase items that donate to cancer awareness if available and I need the item. I don’t have a twitter or facebook account. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


16 KalynsKitchen October 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I love everything about this salad combination. And if buying more mushrooms can support breast cancer research, I am all for it.

(You don’t need to enter me in the giveaway, but good luck to everyone else!)


17 Jeanette October 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Love this healthy recipe using mushrooms and edamame, great combination. I am now following Mushroom Channel on twitter and support breast cancer and other cancer through my blog where I post recipes I’ve made for friends with cancer.


18 carolinaheartstrings October 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

What a fantastic recipe. I cannot wait to give this one a try. I love mushrooms in everything I can put them in.


19 Shelly October 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I buy products where some of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.


20 Wenderly October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I always get so lost in your glorious photos. I almost jumped out of my seat when I saw the paprika. *Gorgeous*


21 Monique October 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I am not participating..but great photos..inspiration.. stories..etc..
Thanks..I needed that.


22 TJ October 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I’m a doctor and I encourage all my females patients for whom it is indicated to get a mammogram


23 Stefani October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

this looks great! i love mushrooms. i follow the mushroom channel on twitter and have liked it on fb. to support breast cancer awareness, i keep my eye out for products/items paired with pink ribbons! i also support friends/family who walk for the cure..


24 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

looks great! Can’t wait to be on the twitter party tomorrow with you!


25 jacquie October 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

i love mushrooms and am always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my diet. in terms of cancer – i try to eat to nutrious diet whole food diet and encourage others to do the same. do not twitter or do facebook.

jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net


26 Donna October 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

You have given me more reasons to LOVE mushrooms!


27 Mb October 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

buying products that support the cause!


28 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook October 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I am loving the flavors in this salad. I am a huge fan of edameme. I can snack on them endlessly.
Will be picking up a pink package of mushrooms to support the cause and eat healthier!


29 Melanie October 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

That looks awesome!


30 Sarah @ pão e queijo October 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

This salad looks amazing! I get my yearly mammogram and encourage friends and family to do the same- an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! I am a fan on Fb but I don’t have Twitter. Great giveaway :)


31 Anne October 5, 2011 at 10:37 am

I think a great way to support cancer prevention is to be very conscious about what you eat! Obviously, you can’t stop every cancer that way but I think you should be proactive in making a healthy lifestyle for you and your family!


32 daffy October 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

I’m a breast cancer survivor – coming up on my 7 year cancer-versary. My cancer was detected by a routine mammogram – so I am diligent at following through and getting my mammograms on schedule (as well as other exams). I volunteer with several organizations and speak with other women diagnosed with breast cancer to help and support them.

You have to be really diligent about the companies that pink-wash October – so many just use pink as a marketing ploy – you have to read the fine print and ensure that real $$ is going to help – and understand where/how the money will be spent. We need research to help find the cures that are needed.


33 Katrina October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This is absolutely lovely! I follow mushroom channel on twitter – @katrinadingle


34 Nancy@acommunaltable October 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Hi Dara!

Thank you so much for the “shout out” in your post – that was so sweet of you!!
This salad looks and sounds delicious and just the kind of thing I love. Wonderful idea to serve in a martini glass and it definitely would make a terrific appetizer!!
I liked the Mushroom Channel Facebook page, I follow them on twitter and we donate to the Komen Foundation every year and some years I participate in Race for the Cure!!


35 Danielle October 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I attended the “Breastival” on my university campus. Took part in various activities and purchased a t-shirt promoting awareness and of which all proceeds go to the Komen Foundation.


36 Arlene T. October 6, 2011 at 12:04 am

I support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and cancer prevention by wearing something pink.

I love to try the recipe – sounds great!
I did all three things! I hope to win!


37 Melissa Johnson October 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

I dont twitter or use facebook but I do LOVE mushrooms in everything. Good to know they are so good for you. I am involved in brest cancer awarence in many ways but just recently I purchased a painting by a friend’ husband that is donating half the purchase price to a breast cancer awareness group. She is in the last stages of her treatment for her brest cancer and her humor and generousity has been a wonder to behold.


38 sharonjo October 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

We just had our annual Relay for Life, which raised $14,000 for cancer research and support. Not bad for our little town of 800 people! I know some of that money goes toward breast cancer research.
I follow Mushroom Channel on twitter and facebook.
(Sharon O.) (@sharonjo2)


39 smoked salmon December 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

You really make it appear so easy along with your
presentation but I find this matter to be really something which
I believe I would never understand. It seems too complex and very vast
for me. I am having a look forward on your subsequent put up,
I’ll attempt to get the dangle of it!


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