Asian-inspired, vegan Edamame Salad offers great flavor and texture in hoisin-based dressing. Serve as a side dish, with wonton soup, or as a topping to a rice bowl!
Who knew soybeans could be so good? Most Asian restaurants offer steamed soybeans as an appetizer only with a light sprinkle of salt. Tasty, but a bit bland.
This mayo-free edamame salad takes the soybean to a new level with a mixture of Chinese, Japanese and Thai seasonings and spices. With bit of spice, texture and sweet from red bell peppers, soy, garlic, red pepper flakes, this summer side dish is not too fancy or complicated–but absolutely delicious! Sprinkle in some toasted sesame seeds or crunchy rice noodles for more texture and variety!
What Kind of Soybeans Do I Use for Edamame Salad?
For quick and easy preparation, use frozen, shelled soybeans (edamame.)
What’s the Difference Between Edamame and Mukimame?
Frozen edamame is most popular and easiest to find in the grocery store. You may see mukimame which is the whole pod, or edamame, which is the individual bean. For this recipe, use shelled, frozen edamame. If you can’t find shelled soybeans, buy the whole pods and remove the beans from the pod prior to steaming.
Edamame is a soybean which is most often found on the appetizer section of the menu at Asian restaurants. Typically, these flavorful beans are served lightly steamed and seasoned with kosher salt and/or toasted sesame seeds.
Can I Make Edamame Salad in Advance?
This salad can easily be made in advance; in fact, it tastes better after the flavors have mingled a while in the fridge! You can make the entire edamame salad and refrigerate it or, cook the soybeans, store them in an air-tight container, then add the sauce before you plan to serve!
Is Edamame Salad Vegan or Gluten-Free?
Edamame is vegan and gluten-free, however some of the sauces (particularly soy sauce) contains gluten. To make a gluten-free version of this salad, substitute Tamari sauce for soy sauce.
- 4 cups edamame (shelled) cooked, drained and cooled
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
- 3 tablespoons red onion chopped
- 1/2 cup sesame sticks (course chopped)
- kosher salt to taste
- fried rice noodles or toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Hoisin Sauce Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Bring 4 cups water to boil; add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to water; add edamame
- Reduce heat and cook edamame for 3-5 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water; set aside
- In a medium bowl, add hoisin sauce ingredients; combine well
- In a large bowl, add edamame, chopped onions and red bell pepper; pour sauce over edamame and combine well
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes
- Prior to serving, add chopped sesame sticks; garnish with rice noodles and/or toasted sesame seeds (optional); add salt if needed