Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Asian Edamame Pasta Salad

This simple, Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Asian Edamame Pasta Salad is made from shelled edamame, cucumber, pasta, onions, bell pepper, and cilantro. It is full of amazing flavors and is a good source of fiber as well as plant-based proteins. It is low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol, making it a great choice for heart health.

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Kidney friendly low sodium Asian edamame pasta salad

This recipe is kidney friendly

All of the protein in this recipe comes from plant-based sources. Each serving of this recipe contains 14 grams of protein, which is a moderate amount of protein and good for kidney disease. Most of the protein in this recipe comes from edamame. Edamame is known as a “complete protein” because it has all nine essential amino acids that the body needs to work well.  

Another thing that is great about this recipe is that protein from plant-based sources such as edamame is easier on the kidneys and produces less toxic waste. This means that your kidneys don’t have to work super hard to remove the waste generated from the breakdown of plant-based protein.

The amount of sodium in this recipe is low, which is great for both your kidney health and managing your blood pressure. Each serving of this recipe contains 165 mg of sodium. However, if you want to further reduce sodium in this recipe, then substitute the soy sauce with coconut aminos. Coconut aminos are a great way to replace soy sauce, as they contain less sodium when compared to soy sauce but provide the same color and umami flavor that you get from soy sauce.

The phosphorus content of this recipe is 204 mg per serving. Since this is a plant-based recipe, only 10–30% of the phosphorus in this recipe is absorbed by the body. This is really good if you are looking to manage your phosphorus intake for hyperphosphatemia. 

This recipe contains moderate amounts of potassium, which is good for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Each serving of this recipe contains 478 mg of potassium. People with CKD worry about eating salads because they are concerned about their potassium intake. However, you don’t have to limit your potassium intake unless your healthcare provider has asked you to do so.

If you are on a potassium-restricted diet, then here are a few ways you can lower the potassium in this recipe and make it suitable for your condition. Most of the potassium in this recipe comes from edamame. You can either remove all the edamame from the salad or choose to eat smaller portions. 

Another way is to leach some potassium out of the vegetables. To do so, wash the vegetables with warm water for a few seconds. Then place them in warm water for at least 2 hours. Make sure to use large amounts of water to soak the vegetables. Remove the vegetables from the water and rinse them again with water for a few seconds.

Remember that leaching removes some potassium from vegetables. You still need to be mindful of your total intake of high-potassium vegetables so as not to over-consume these products. Use a combination of the above-mentioned techniques to bring down the potassium in this recipe.

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kidney friendly low sodium asian edamame pasta salad – Great for chronic kidney disease

This recipe is heart-healthly

This salad is great for your heart health. Making sure that you are eating a heart-healthy diet is important if you want to manage chronic conditions such as high blood cholesterol or hypertension.

This recipe is great if you want to manage your blood cholesterol level. It has no dietary cholesterol and only 0.4 grams of saturated fat per serving, which is really low. The total fat content of this recipe is moderate at 7 grams per serving, which is what makes this salad a great choice for managing your blood cholesterol.

If you are watching your sodium intake to manage your blood pressure, then this recipe is perfect for you because it contains only 165 grams of sodium per serving, which is low. Because a lot of the flavor in this recipe comes from the seasoning from ginger root, sesame oil, and cayenne, you don’t need to add excess salt to this recipe to make it tasty.  

This recipe is diabetes friendly

This recipe has 58 grams of carbohydrate and 10 grams of fiber per serving. The higher amount of fiber in this recipe ensures that the carbohydrate is absorbed slowly in the blood stream so that you do not get a blood sugar spike. The slow digestion of the salad because of the fiber content also ensures that you stay full for a longer period of time.

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Kidney friendly low sodium Asian edamame pasta salad – Great for diabetes and heart health

Ingredients that make this recipe great

Edamame: When it comes to plant-based proteins, edamame tops the list. Edamame is the immature soybean seed that is harvested before it ripens. 

Edamame is one of the few plant-based proteins that contains all nine essential amino acids. This makes edamame an excellent substitute for animal-based proteins. Edamame is also rich in isoflavone, a type of phytochemical that has cancer fighting capabilities.

Other vegetables: Apart from edamame, this recipe also contains red bell peppers and cucumber. Red bell peppers contain an antioxidant called capsanthin, which gives them cholesterol-lowering and blood sugar-balancing properties. Cucumber is a great source of lutein, which protects the eyes and boosts immunity.

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Kidney friendly low sodium Asian edamame pasta salad – Ingredients health benefits

How to make this recipe

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Add the edamame beans to the pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • Using a colander, drain excess water from the pasta and run it under cold water to prevent it from over-cooking.
  • Drain the pasta once again to remove all the water and put it in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, ginger root, sesame oil and cayenne pepper.
  • Add the vegetables and the dressing to the pasta bowl. 
  • Give the salad a good toss so that the pasta is coated with the dressing.
  • Serve and enjoy.

How to store this recipe

This salad keeps well for up to 3 days. Place it in an airtight bowl and cover it with the lid.

The vegetables in the salad tend to soften over time. If you want the vegetables to stay crisp, add the dressing right before you eat. 

Kidney friendly low sodium asian edamame pasta salad

Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Asian Edamame Pasta Salad

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
Kidney Friendly Low Sodium Asian Edamame Pasta Salad is made with healthy ingredients like edamame, cucumber and bell pepper. It is high in fiber and low in sodium and heart healthy.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 341 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 cup edamame, frozen, shelled
  • 1 cucumber, large, cut into small pieces
  • 4 spring onions, medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, medium, cut into short, thin strips
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp ginger root, peeled, grated
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil, toasted
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Add the edamame beans to the pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • Using a colander, drain excess water from the pasta and run it under cold water to prevent it from over-cooking.
  • Drain the pasta once again to remove all the water and put it in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, ginger root, sesame oil and cayenne pepper.
  • Add vegetables and dressing to the pasta bowl.
  • Give the salad a good toss so that the pasta is coated with the dressing. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 14gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 165mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 10gPhosphorus: 204mg
Keyword Heart Healthy, High Fiber, Kidney Friendly, Low Sodium
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FAQ

Can I eat this salad if I have both CKD and diabetes?

Yes, you can eat this salad if you have both CKD and diabetes. You might be on a protein-restricted diet if you have kidney disease. This means that you need to consume more carbohydrates to meet your calorie goals. 

This recipe is okay if you have both diabetes and kidney disease. It has a moderate amount of protein from plants, moderate amounts of carbohydrates, and a high fiber content. 

Eating carbohydrates that are high in fiber helps to slow down the absorption of glucose in the blood, which means you will not get blood sugar spikes after eating such foods. 

The protein in this recipe comes from plant-based sources. Plant-based protein produces less nitrogenous waste,  which is easier for your kidneys to clean.

And as always, be mindful of your portions and enjoy your food.

What is Asian salad dressing made of?

The Asian dressing for this salad is made from 3 tablespoons plain rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1.5 teaspoons peeled and grated ginger root, 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Which beans are good for kidney disease?

Edamame beans are great if you have CKD. Because these beans are high in protein, they are an excellent choice for people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet and also have CKD. A cup of edamame beans contains 18.5 grams of protein. Edamame beans are also one of the few plant-based proteins that contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein.

Additionally, edamame beans are a great source of fiber. Each cup of edamame beans contains 8 grams of fiber. Eating high-fiber foods has been shown to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, and reduce the risk of heart problems.

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