A pilaf like no other

[donotprint] Guess who finally tracked down edamame beans!

And guess who’s making it her mission to come up with inventive ways of using them…

This pilaf is a pilaf like no other. Packed full of raw veggies, healthy fats and loaded with flavour and a variety of textures…nothing better than when a completely random experiment works out well.

My recipe for recipe success is to use ingredients that your craving or that are your all time loves. Then even if you end up creating something that you don’t think would necessarily please others, your bound to love it!

This was quite the random bowl, a pulling together of some of my favs that I hoped would work well with the edamame. The guys in The Happy Pear kindly sold me some there stash that they ship in to use in their amazing salads.

In the mix…raw cauliflower and broccoli as the base, mixed up with ground almonds, desiccated coconut, currants (one of my favourite dried fruits…being so tiny they distribute themselves throughout a dish or as a smoothie topping perfectly, giving you that hit of chewy sweetness at almost every bite!)

Crunchy,  chewy, sweet, savoury and everything in between with wonderful edamame throughout supplying a hit of protein and beautifully beany goodness. My favourite salads always contain some form of bean and now that I can get edamame I think they will be making every effort to compete with my all time favourite salad pulse…the chickpea!

I’m still absolutely crazy about raw cauliflower couscous and it’s even better when mix up with ground raw broccoli. It was a mean green feast. Simply dressed with lemon juice, white wine vinegar, a little maple and olive oil, salt and pepper, allowing the flavour of all the wonderful ingredients to shine. The desiccated coconut brought a whole new dimension, a sweetness, a texture like no other…I go through bags of it a hell of a lot faster than I should, sprinkling it at every given opportunity though never giving it a chance to shine as a star ingredient.

There’s been a hell of a lot of talk in the blogging world about coconut butter and how it makes for an incredible smoothie topping…it’s now top of my must buy list for next weekend. I’m not sure why I’ve left it this long!

This salad has it all and is definitely one of my favourite experiments turned major success. I usually like to base my salads around a grain, quinoa, millet…something to give it a bit of body but with the inclusion of a generous amount of almonds, coconut, currants and edamame, the grain less salad was more than enough to satisfy my humungous midday appetite!

What’s your favourite way to use coconut butter? If anyone has any brand recommendations be sure to let me know! [/donotprint]

Edamame Coconutty Raw Veggie Pilaf


Servings –1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes



  • 1 cup raw cauliflower processed until fluffy
  • 2/3 cup raw broccoli processed until fluffy
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup almonds coarsely ground
  • 2 heaped tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup steamed edamame beans


  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Mix together all salad ingredients having processed the broccoli and cauliflower in the food processor until they resemble a fine grain.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and giving everything a good mix up to ensure even distribution of all the goodies!

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  1. This looks amazing, I love edamame too. I just got quinoa flakes and tried your cherry bakewell cake, and it was even better than baked oats, in my opinion! Also, if you want coconut butter, just throw some of your shredded coconut in a food processor and blend for a while, it will butterize.

      1. Sorry, I don’t know if you’ll get this, but it doesn’t take too long, maybe 5-10 minutes. I’ve got a small, weak-ish food processor though, and I know it’s supposed to be one of the easiest nut-type butters you can make (is coconut a nut? I don’t know…)