Edamame Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

Edamame salad, a bright and vibrant dish packed with protein and fiber, can be enjoyed as a refreshing side, a light lunch, or even a satisfying snack. The beauty of this salad lies in its versatility, allowing you to personalize it with your favorite flavors and ingredients. 

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage 
  • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage 
  • 2 cups thawed shelled edamame 
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sliced bell pepper
  • 1 large cucumber seeded and sliced into half moons
  • ¼ cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds

For the peanut dressing

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha or chili garlic sauce(optional)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. You can use frozen edamame, shelled or unshelled, and simply boil or steam them according to package instructions. If using fresh edamame, remove the pods and blanch the beans for a few minutes.
  2. In a small bowl or mason jar, add the peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, salt,  sugar, and optional chili garlic sauce. Close tightly with a lid and shake to combine, or use a whisk to stir into a smooth dressing. It should be smooth and pourable. If not, whisk in 1 tablespoon of water at a time to make a thinner consistency. Taste for seasonings.
  3. To a large bowl, add the shredded cabbage, thawed shelled edamame, shredded carrots, sliced cucumber, red bell pepper, peanuts, sesame seeds.
  4. Top the edamame salad ingredients with the peanut sauce. Use tongs or salad servers to toss the salad until it is well coated in the sauce.
  5. Cover and chill for at least an hour before serving.

Tips

  • For a visually appealing salad, use a variety of colors and textures.
  • Serve the salad chilled for a refreshing feel.
  • Don’t overcook the edamame, they should be slightly tender but still have a bite.
  • Adjust the dressing and seasoning to your taste preference.
  • Get creative with herbs and spices like garlic, chili flakes, or fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.
 

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