Black Bean & Edamame Salad with Miso Dressing

The planner in me had it all worked out last week. Because I wasn’t actually in the mood to plan anything at all, I planned to have my husband choose the meals. This was a piece of cake for him. There plenty of things in the freezer to choose from and only two weeknights to consider – Monday the 4th didn’t count since we were still stuffed from afternoon festivities, he would be out for a softball game one night, and Friday we had plans to go out for a friend’s birthday. So our menu included two freezer finds: leftover black bean tortilla casserole and shrimp & crab stuffed sole (a rare store-bought frozen entree from BJ’s, I had carefully checked the ingredients and nutrition facts and determined this was ok to keep around for “I really don’t feel like cooking” emergencies!)

The problem with freezer meals is that they usually require an oven to heat up. And when a heatwave hits – the 100ºF, painfully humid kind – I have no desire to turn on the oven, nevermind actually eat a hot dish like either of those. So much for the plan.

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My overheated, overstuffed-from-the-long-weekend body was craving something cold and light and nutritious. It told me it wanted protein-and-fiber rich legumes and spicy radishes. Which is really odd because I’ve never craved radishes before. And my palette watered at the thought of that big tub of miso in the fridge – the one I bought to make my Wasabi Goat Cheese Stuffed Salmon with Miso. My brain told me it would great to have such a concoction in the refrigerator for a few days and not have to think too much about dinner and lunch. Because in such ridiculous heat and humidity, even thinking feels like too much work.

So what did I do? I listened, of course.

This salad satisfied all of the elements I just mentioned. It’s perfect on the side of any grilled protein, atop a bed of crisp arugula with sweet tomatoes and crisp cucumbers, and even in a tupperware container with a can of tuna mixed in. And since I hardly ever serve anything “typical” I’m pretty sure this not-your-average-bean-salad will make an appearance at my next summer barbecue.

Edamame and Black Bean Salad with Miso-Tahini Dressing
Printable Recipe

Dressing
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons white miso
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
1/4-1/3 cup water
juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1/2 tablespoon ponzu sauce or light soy sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Salad
1 16oz bag shelled edamame
1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
3-4 large scallions, sliced
1 bunch of radishes, very thinly sliced (about 7-8 ounces)
small bunch of cilantro, chopped

Blend together the dressing ingredients, using enough water to get a nice consistency. (It will depend on how thick your tahini is.)

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook the edamame for about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Combine with remaining salad ingredients and toss well with dressing.

Best if you chill for several hours and allow the flavors to blend.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 247.0
Total Fat: 9.4 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 539.6 mg
Total Carbs: 27.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 10.2 g
Protein: 16.0 g

Because a cold salad in the fridge is the perfect way to beat the summer heat, I am sharing it for Chelsey’s August edition of Simply Hot Recipes.

And because this qualifies as Real Food – and more importantly, Real GOOD Food, I am sharing it with Health Food Lover for her Two for Tuesday Blog Hop!  Please visit for more real, healthy, good eats!

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32 Responses to “Black Bean & Edamame Salad with Miso Dressing”

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    Joanne — July 12, 2010 @ 12:17 pm Reply

    I find myself craving light and refreshing bean salads during the summer (actually year round) as well! I love this miso dressing. I need to get a tub to keep in my fridge…so that it will haunt me to use it constantly.

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    Dawn — July 12, 2010 @ 5:18 pm Reply

    That sounds exactly like how we felt over our fourth of July weekend. We did so much eating we had to find a Sweet Tomatoes while we were in Orlando so we could get some fresh salad! This looks SO delish. I love edamame. I just bought an interesting edamame salad with orzo and strawberries I might try and recreate when I can.

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    ChubbyNewlywed — July 12, 2010 @ 7:02 pm Reply

    You make me want to eat some radishes. I haven't had them in a long time. I read somewhere that radishes sprinkled in salt are a favorite after-school snack for French kids and I tried it and almost died from sheer awesomeness. Must put radishes on shopping list.

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    Alexandra London-Gross — July 12, 2010 @ 7:38 pm Reply

    I love the idea of combining edamame with radishes. Perfect for a crunchy salad!Alex @ http://ieatasphalt.com

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    Emily — July 13, 2010 @ 4:05 am Reply

    I love the Asian spin on this salad and your use of radish. It looks great!

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    Barbara — July 13, 2010 @ 2:11 pm Reply

    I adore salads with edamame, Cara! It's great with corn too! Nice miso dressing!

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    Maria — July 13, 2010 @ 5:47 pm Reply

    Great flavors going on in this salad! Love it!

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    grace — July 13, 2010 @ 9:38 pm Reply

    i've really come to appreciate the kick provided by radishes, both in texture and flavor. the bean base and cilantro seal the deal for me–this is awesome!

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    Shannon — July 13, 2010 @ 10:35 pm Reply

    I've definitely dreaded turning on the oven, too… but i've done it a couple of times :) this seems like a MUCH better option!!

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    carascravings — July 13, 2010 @ 11:58 pm Reply

    Mmmm…that salad looks delish. I love miso…so much good flavor.

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    cara-blog — July 14, 2010 @ 1:43 am Reply

    thx bro atas infonya

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — July 14, 2010 @ 5:14 am Reply

    edamame on salads is a staple for me!thx for your last couple comments…yeah splenda..who cares?! i mean really, if that's the worst thing in someone's life they live a damn good life :)xoxo

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    Brandi — July 14, 2010 @ 12:33 pm Reply

    Beautiful dish. I've been loving radishes lately and black beans – this is a perfect summer salad!

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    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — July 14, 2010 @ 5:44 pm Reply

    This is super colorful and full of flavor and textures! Just the way I like my salads!

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    Amy Green — July 14, 2010 @ 11:26 pm Reply

    Wanna' come over and cook for me?? I would love to dive into that dish. (Though I don't think I can eat miso, but I'm sure I could sub something just as fabulous.)

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    Ivy — July 15, 2010 @ 4:46 am Reply

    This salad looks delicious but unfortunately edamame is not available in Greece.Please discard my e-mail as I eventually figured out what I did wrong.

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    girlichef — July 20, 2010 @ 4:56 pm Reply

    Good thing you listened, because…YUM! Sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing with Two for Tuesdays =)

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    Beth — July 20, 2010 @ 10:24 pm Reply

    This salad looks so refreshing and light. The perfect summer time food to beat the heat. Thanks for sharing it with us at Two for Tuesday this week.

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    Olga — July 22, 2010 @ 2:29 am Reply

    love the color and flavor combination!

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    Butterpoweredbike — July 22, 2010 @ 3:38 am Reply

    We've been talking a lot about intuitive eating at the Two for Tuesdays blog hop. This post is a perfect fit! Thank you for contributing.

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    Alex@amoderatelife — July 22, 2010 @ 10:36 pm Reply

    I really adore hearty cold salads like this in the summer so you don't have to turn on the oven! Thanks so much for sharing this on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop!

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    Christy — July 23, 2010 @ 3:27 am Reply

    I am allergic to radishes – but edamame is one of my favorite foods. I want to try the dressing you have with this on another salad – (radish free) thanks for sharing this with us at Two for Tuesdays!

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    Christy — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I am allergic to radishes – but edamame is one of my favorite foods. I want to try the dressing you have with this on another salad – (radish free) thanks for sharing this with us at Two for Tuesdays!

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    Christy — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    I am allergic to radishes – but edamame is one of my favorite foods. I want to try the dressing you have with this on another salad – (radish free) thanks for sharing this with us at Two for Tuesdays!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    edamame on salads is a staple for me!thx for your last couple comments…yeah splenda..who cares?! i mean really, if that's the worst thing in someone's life they live a damn good life :)xoxo

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    grace — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    i've really come to appreciate the kick provided by radishes, both in texture and flavor. the bean base and cilantro seal the deal for me–this is awesome!

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    ChubbyNewlywed — March 29, 2011 @ 2:07 am Reply

    You make me want to eat some radishes. I haven't had them in a long time. I read somewhere that radishes sprinkled in salt are a favorite after-school snack for French kids and I tried it and almost died from sheer awesomeness. Must put radishes on shopping list.

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    Christy — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    I am allergic to radishes – but edamame is one of my favorite foods. I want to try the dressing you have with this on another salad – (radish free) thanks for sharing this with us at Two for Tuesdays!

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    Butterpoweredbike — April 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am Reply

    We've been talking a lot about intuitive eating at the Two for Tuesdays blog hop. This post is a perfect fit! Thank you for contributing.

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    Nmehelich2 — July 3, 2011 @ 5:19 pm Reply

    Where do you find white miso?

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    Cara — July 4, 2011 @ 7:15 am Reply

    I've found it in the refrigerated part of the produce section, along with wonton wrappers and tofu. Good luck!

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