Edamame is not something I talk about frequently but I always have a bag of them in my freezer! They are great alone for a snack or complementing a salad or side dish. And if you didn’t know, edamame is really pretty great for you health-wise! Edamame is another name for boiled green soybeans. Nutritionally speaking I have a few facts for you! 1 serving (1/2 cup of shelled edamame) contains: only 120 calories, 11 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, 10% of your daily value of vitamin C and iron, 8% of your daily value of vitamin A, and 4% of your daily value of calcium! Not too shabby for a quick snack that takes less than a minute to prepare! Sure beats that bag of chips you were thinking about reaching for! In my case, I should definitely be replacing these with my unhealthy chips and salsa addiction more often!
And have you tried edamame hummus… hello!! It is amazing! I hope to make some of my own to try with you all very soon! So far Trader Joe’s has the best I have tried. Remember when I made their copy cat Kale Chips? I intend to do the same with their edamame hummus (soon I promise)!
On to the actual recipe. I am not sure that the beginning of fall is the best time to introduce this lively “summer-y” salad BUT oh well I am doing it anyway! This is what I get for keeping myself super busy though the summer and putting recipes on the back burner.
Happy New Recipe Tuesday!
Edamame and Black Bean Salad
Makes 4 – 6 servings
- 1/2 bag of frozen organic shelled edamame, thawed
- 1 can of black beans, drained but not rinsed
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup of chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper, more if you want more spice
- dash of salt
Set out the edamame to thaw out from the freezer, no need to cook them. They are pre-boiled before frozen. Drain black beans and add to a large bowl. I do not rinse mine because I use some of the flavor from the canned bean to help move the seasoning around the beans (if that makes sense). You can rinse if you prefer.
Add edamame, red pepper, cilantro, olive oil, cumin, cayenne, and dash of salt to the bowl. Mix everything very well.
That’s all there is to it! Serve along with a simple salad or a side of quinoa. This salad can be the main dish or a side to compliment a sandwich or soup. The possibilities are pretty endless. My favorite of course is eating alone, out of a mason jar.
But let’s be honest, that’s how I eat about 80% of my meals. Don’t you just love the beautiful colors in this salad?? Feel free to add other ingredients in as well. Let me know how you make yours unique to your tastes!