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Friday November 17, 2023


Adzuki Bean Bowls Recipe


Embark on a culinary adventure with this Adzuki Bean Bowls recipe that promises a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Adzuki beans take center stage, bringing a sweet and nutty profile to this wholesome grain bowl. Paired with brown rice, vibrant veggies, and a delectable Sesame Miso Dressing, this dish is a celebration of health and taste. If you’re new to adzuki beans, fear not; this recipe also offers alternatives, ensuring everyone can savor the goodness.


Sesame Miso Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

For the Bowls:

  • 1/2 large Napa cabbage head, sliced (6 1/2 cups)
  • 3 small carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, more for serving
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, more for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked adzuki beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 small fresh red chile, sliced


Sesame Miso Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together white miso, rice vinegar, olive oil, tamari, and toasted sesame oil.

For the Bowls:

  1. Prepare the dressing in advance.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sliced Napa cabbage, shaved carrots, sliced sugar snap peas, and sesame seeds with 1/4 cup of the Sesame Miso Dressing.
  3. Just before serving, fold in chopped cilantro into the cabbage salad.
  4. In individual bowls, assemble brown rice, cabbage salad, cooked adzuki beans, and sliced avocados.
  5. Drizzle more dressing over the bowls as desired.
  6. Garnish with sliced red chile, additional cilantro, and sesame seeds.


  • Beans Alternative: If adzuki beans are unavailable, black beans can be used as a flavorful substitute.
  • Rice Variation: Experiment with different rice options such as white rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa.
  • Vegetable Swap: Customize the slaw by incorporating your favorite crispy veggies like snow peas, cucumbers, green onions, or red/green cabbage.

Culinary Tips:

  • For a make-ahead option, cook adzuki beans up to 3 days in advance or utilize canned beans for quicker assembly.
  • Enjoy the Sesame Miso Dressing on salads for an additional burst of flavor.


Immerse yourself in a bowl of goodness with these Adzuki Bean Bowls. Whether you’re a seasoned adzuki bean enthusiast or a newcomer to this nutritious legume, the recipe’s versatility ensures a delightful dining experience for all. Embrace the fusion of flavors and the nutritional benefits packed into every bite!