I have a grave and lifelong dislike for beans, especially the tinned variety, but I have developed a love for soybeans, sometimes called soyabeans. Aside from planting some Edamame beans, I’ve discovered that Waitrose sell them in the pods, or anonymous ‘Soybeans’ for £1.50 a bag of 400g! This, in my apparently boring life, has been a very exciting discovery.
Now, soybeans need a longer boil than regular beans to kill off toxins. The packaging on the beans say Microwave for 3 minutes, which I find confusing, but okay, I don’t have a microwave. For this recipe then, I’ve done an 8 minute boil at Varoma temp (120C/248F) to hopefully balance that out, but more importantly, to cook the beans – if I was cooking from frozen, I’d probably go for 10 minutes.
While this recipe is made with dill, and is simply “I want the same again tomorrow” good, the beans are nice with a dash of mint too. Just go lightly, you don’t need much as you don’t want it to overpower the unique Edamame flavour.
Another thing with this salad is that you can do the Feta thing two ways: mix everything, then add the beans, or mix everything then add the Feta. I prefer the first way as the Feta spreads and becomes a dressing of sorts for the beans. The second way, however, is a little ‘neater’ as the Feta doesn’t ‘melt’ as much as quickly. It’s your call.
- 400g shelled Fava/Broad/Soy or Edamame beans
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp dry dill
- 100g Feta cheese
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Fill the Thermomix to the max line with boiling water.
- Place the internal steamer basket
- Add the beans
- Cook 8 minutes/Varoma/ Speed 4 No MC
- While that's cooking, add the olive oil, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper and Feta to a serving dish and mix well.
- Drain the beans and allow to cool a little before stirring in to the dressing in the serving bowl. Use a fork to combine it all.
- Serve warm or cold as a snack or a side. Either way it's wonderful!