Miso is a fermented soybean paste that's added for flavor. This Japanese culinary staple is available in a variety of flavors and colors and has a consistency similar to peanut butter. Yellow miso is a good choice if you only want to keep one type of miso on hand.
Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons light yellow miso
2 tablespoons bottled minced ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine) or white grape juice
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 none garlic clove, minced
1 none (16-ounce) package frozen petite green peas, thawed
2 cups matchstick-cut carrots
1 cup diced seeded cucumber (about 1 small)
1/2 cup sliced green onions (about 4)
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended.
2. Combine peas and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add dressing, and toss gently.