Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Natto Salad

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

* 50 gram package of natto (fermented soybeans)
* 1 teaspoon chopped green onions or chives
* 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
* 2 teaspoon finely chopped celery
* 1 to 2 teaspoon vegan mayo
* 1 to 2 teaspoon spicy mustard
* a few dashes hot sauce (optional)
* small splash vinegar (optional)
* soy sauce, to taste
* any other ingredients you like to add to bean salad


I submitted a recipe for natto and rice which does little to mask
natto's weird taste and texture--which is fine for those who like
natto. However, by making it into a bean salad, you can almost
completely cover up its pungency, and thus enjoy the health benefits of
natto even if you can't stand the flavor. For starters, you can mix a
few drops of vinegar into the natto, and this will neutralize the
ammonia that is responsible for natto's strong odor. Then mix in
chopped green onion, regular onion, and celery. Stir in vegan mayo and
spicy mustard. Add soy sauce to taste, and some hot sauce, if you like.
Eat it like this, or load it up with any other ingredients that will
help you cover up natto's taste, such as more mayo and mustard, a
strong salad dressing, or chopped garlic. You could also dilute the
natto salad with some plain beans, such as garbanzos, black beans,
lentils, or just plain soybeans. Eat the salad with crackers or vegan

Serves: 1 serving

Preparation time: 10 minutes


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