Edamame are green soy beans, and most Australians anyway only ever encounter them in a sushi bar. They’re easy to grow in a garden though, and to me, they work so well as a snack food because they have a distinct nuttiness to them. They remind me more of boiled peanuts than anything else.
Which raises all sorts of ideas about fusion-ing them into dishes from distinctly non-Japanese cuisines. This is one of the ways I like them. It’s kindof like sprinkling toasted nuts through a salad. It makes it into a satisfying meal rather than a side dish. It’s almost like your body recognises that there’s the full range of macro nutrients in there.
So edamame which is a Japanese idea, in fattoush which is an Arabic one. The joys of living in a multicultural society!
Boil the edamame, in their shells, in heavily salted water for five minutes or so until they are tender, then shell them. (They shell really easily once cooked).
While the edamame are cooking, toast some pita chips. I use my sourdough pita, cut it into little triangles, sprinkle with olive oil, and put them on a tray in a hot oven for a few minutes till they are crisp. You could also fry the pita chips. Cut them into little triangles and fry in light olive oil, or some other oil with a fairly high smoke point, for a few minutes, then drain on brown paper. Or you could toast them under the griller. Whichever way you go, you want crisp little shards of bread.
While all this is happening, you can add another layer of multitasking and make the dressing. This is just a very simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing: good fruity olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt, in a jar and shake together.
By adding edamame, we’re already going non-traditional, so I don’t suppose it matters what else you add. This one has:
- olives (green and black)
- tomatoes (fresh and sundried)
- chopped parsley and mint
- cooked, shelled endamame
- pita chips
Lightly dress with the dressing – be careful not to drown it – and serve. Or pack the pita chips and dressing separately so they stay crisp, pack the salad into a lunch box and make your workmates jealous.