Black Rice Edamame Bean Sallad

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If preparing simple, wholesome food is what you desire, this is a good recipe to master. To achieve the best results, we suggest precisely measuring the water when cooking the rice, and use a large pot instead of a medium one so that it cooks evenly and retains its crunch.

3½ c. water

¼ tsp. kosher salt

2 c. black rice

1 c. fresh or thawed frozen edamame beans

½ tsp. Olive Oil

1 c. thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

½ c. thinly sliced green onions, tops only

½ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

¼ c. low-sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. agave syrup or honey

1½ tsp. sesame oil

Place the water and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and cook uncovered until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is just tender but still al dente, 20 minutes. Drain well in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear and the rice is cooled, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain well.

Bring a small pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the beans and lightly blanch, 1 minute. Drain the beans well, reserving 2 Tbsp. of the cooking water, and rinse the beans under cold running water. Drain the beans well, transfer to a large bowl, and set aside.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, mushrooms, salt, and pepper; stir well to combine and cook for 30 seconds. Add the reserved cooking water and cook until the mushrooms start to wilt but retain their shape, 1 to 2 minutes. Place the mushrooms in the bowl with the beans and add the drained rice, green onions, and cilantro.

To make the dressing, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, agave syrup, and sesame oil in a small bowl.

Add the dressing to the rice mixture, and stir well to combine. Serve immediately.
Makes four 1/2-cup servings

Calories: 200; total fat: 3.5 g; carbohydrate: 40 g; dietary fiber: 4 g; protein: 7 g

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