Zesty Adzuki Bean Salad
1½ cup dried adzuki beans
¼ cup arame sea vegetable
¼ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ tablespoon finely chopped ginger
½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1¼ cup basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
pinch red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon tamari
¼ cup lime juice
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 cup grated carrots
1. Put beans in a large bowl, cover with water and set aside to let soak for 8 hours or overnight.
2. Drain beans and put in a large pot with 8 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Drain and rinse gently under cold water. Set aside to let cool completely. Meanwhile, soak arame in cold water for 15 minutes; drain and rinse well.
3. Put oils, ginger, garlic, basil, vinegar, pepper flakes, tamari and lime juice into a large bowl and whisk to make a dressing. Add cooled beans, arame, green onions and carrots and toss gently to combine.
Published with permission from the American Culinary Federation – credit to: Chef & Child Ingredient of the Month, January 2016