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8 Protein-Packed Veggie-Forward Edamame Recipes

April 5, 2024
Courtesy of She Likes Food

When you think of edamame, you probably imagine a simple side dish served at sushi restaurants. But just as other types of beans can take center stage in dishes, so can these vibrant green soybeans. Put edamame in salads, pastas, dips and more, and you’ll see just how versatile these economical, protein-packed beans can be. 

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1. Spicy Sesame Slaw with Edamame

Edamame slaw

Courtesy of The First Mess

Sauteed mushrooms, a spicy sesame dressing, crunchy almonds, and, of course, edamame, make this slaw extra special. With plenty of colors, textures, and flavors, it’s delicious on its own, or you can top it with chicken for even more protein.

Try this recipe from The First Mess.

2. Rainbow Vegetable Bowls with Teriyaki Sauce

Rainbow vegetable edamame bowl

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

We love a meal in a bowl, and these colorful, nutritious ones feature edamame along with stir-fried veggies, carrots, and avocado. Plus, a super-easy homemade teriyaki sauce brings it all together.

Try this recipe from Minimalist Baker.

3. Kale, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale edamame quinoa salad

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

With two plant sources of complete protein, this salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Fresh mango adds an unexpected touch of sweetness; swap in grapes or dried cranberries if the tropical fruit isn’t readily available.

Try this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

4. Pesto Pasta

Edamame pesto pasta

Courtesy of Yup, It’s Vegan

Who says pesto has to include garlic, parmesan, or any of the traditional ingredients?  This vibrant version, featuring edamame and spinach along with basil, is a vegan version that transforms plain pasta into a bright and delicious meal. Pro tip: This would also be good cold.

Try this recipe from Yup, It’s Vegan.

5. Edamame Avocado Toast

Edamame avocado toast

Courtesy of She Likes Food

Here’s an unexpected twist on classic avocado toast: Fragrant garlicky, gingery edamame spread over the top. It’s a great way to start the day — or you can enjoy it as a hearty lunch or dinner.

Try this recipe from She Likes Food.

6. Edamame Guacamole

Edamame guacamole

Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health

Not that classic guac isn’t awesome as is — but why not whirl in some edamame along with jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, and lime? The beans add protein and bulk up the dip, which is delicious with chips or sliced veggies, and also makes a luscious topping for tostadas.

Try this recipe from Making Thyme for Health.

7. Edamame Salad

Edamame salad

Courtesy of Lemon Tree Dwelling

Step aside, chickpeas: This Mediterranean salad, with cucumbers, bell pepper, red onion, and feta, has edamame instead. It’s a healthy and fun twist on a classic. Don’t forget the lemon-parsley vinaigrette.

Try this recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.

8. Sushi Salad

Sushi salad

Courtesy of From Scratch Fast

Craving the flavors of sushi? Enjoy them in this convenient quinoa salad form, featuring edamame, cucumber, pickled ginger, and a zesty dressing with orange juice and rice vinegar. Have it as is for a vegetarian version, or top it with canned tuna or leftover cooked salmon.

Try this recipe from From Scratch Fast.

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