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Kongnamul & Elote Salad: Surprisingly Simple Summer Sides

July 4th used to be one of my favorite holidays. I'd run around, ride my bike, go swimming, and exhaust myself to the point where I could eat a hot dog and a burger and Lays potato chips and cole slaw like I hadn't seen food in 364 days. Which was basically the truth since my parents rarely (read: never) had picnics or BBQs the rest of the year.

As a pescetarian, however,  I haven't looked forward to celebrating the 4th as I my food-burning-8-year-old-self once did. Perhaps it's that the sweet smoky smell of the BBQ doesn't result in anything edible for me now.... until I realized sides are king!! In the last few years I've really honed in on perfecting my sides game. From herbed focaccia to summer slaw to miso chickpea salad I've developed a repertoire of dressings and stove-less or very little stove time recipes in my head that I can whip out when it's warm and you want something festive and fresh.

This week, I can't wait to whip out a summery sa…

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