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Meatless Monday: Edamame Beans with Olive Oil

September 27, 2010

Have you heard about Meatless Monday? This non-profit initiative is dedicated to reducing meat consumption to 15% “in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.” To do that, they’re asking people to cut meat out of their diet one day a week. Because the Mediterranean Diet calls for eating fruits, vegetables, grains (mostly whole), olive oil, beans, nuts, legumes and seeds, and herbs and spices more often than meat, we thought we’d start featuring meatless recipes at the beginning of every week! Enjoy the first edition of Meatless Monday on The Oldways Table blog!

– Alison

This recipe offers a delicious East-meets-West combination, a great way to bring together good taste and nutrition!

Edamame Beans with Olive Oil

(from The Oldways Table: Essays & Recipes From the Culinary Think Tank)

*serves 4*


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cups frozen shelled edamame beans
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour the water into a medium cooking pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, add the frozen beans, and cook, covered, for 6 minutes, until firm but tender.
  2. Remove from the heat, drain, and divide beans equally among four soup bowls.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over the beans in each bowl, and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Serve immediately.

For recipe variations and nutrition information, visit the Mediterranean Foods Alliance website.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. onetravel permalink
    September 28, 2010 1:35 pm

    I am really interested in this idea. I always try to switch a few dinners a week to vegetarian dishes in order to cut both costs and include a healthier diversity in my diet. Great article!

  2. September 28, 2010 6:12 pm

    Your blog on Tzatziki chicken popped up on my blog as a “possibly related” post, I just love the internet. Anyhow, then I clicked on your home page and found one of the things in life that I truly adore, edamame beans! I have never thought of trying them with western style dressings, I am so going to do this. Thanks so much.

  3. September 28, 2010 9:07 pm

    That would make a great side dish.

  4. October 1, 2010 5:54 pm

    Yay for Meatless Monday!

    Looks delicious!

    I host a Meatless Monday flickr group and Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays blog carnival. I would love to have your Meatless Monday photos added to the group and welcome you to link your Meatless Monday blog posts to the carnival. The first carnival starts on October 4. Hope you will join and help spread the Meatless Monday movement!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

    • October 4, 2010 6:16 pm

      Hi Rebecca,

      I love the blog carnival idea! Will definitely be joining today. We have a new Meatless Monday post coming up in a bit!

      Thanks for the info,


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