Flavor of the Month: Edamame Dearest

Traditionally boiled, sprinkled with coarse salt, and presented as a simple meal-starter, the garden-variety soybean comes out of its shell in these three inventive dishes.

1.  Edamame Hummus

Zest! Exciting Food Creations
1134 E. 54th St., 317-466-1853, zestexciting food.com

Soybeans replace the chickpeas in this smooth cheeseboard dip for crudite and seeded flatbreads. Ground cashews stand in for the traditional sesame-seed tahini, making this a tasty vegan option.




2.  Crispy Squid Salad

Taste Cafe & Marketplace
5164 N.College Ave., 317-925-2233, tastecafeandmarketplace.com

Breaded calamari rings sit atop an Asian-inspired toss of edamame, daikon,spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes—all bound with miso vinaigrette.


3. Linda’s Waldorf Salad

3 Sisters Cafe
6360 Guilford Ave., 317-257-5556, 3sisterscafein.com

This local-grain salad combines cold edamame with the sweetness of cranberries and Granny Smiths. Red onion and feta add a punch of flavor.







Photos by Tony Valainis

This article appeared in the June 2013 issue.