Making miso is an art form in Japan. It is made of soybeans and koji, a culture starter made from beneficial molds, yeast and lactic acid bacteria. As long as you choose unpasteruized miso, you will be getting the benefits of live friendly microflora for the health of your inner ecosystem.
There are many types of miso, some made with just soy beans and soy koji (called Hatcho miso, a favorite in Japan) and others made with barley and rice.
No matter which type you choose, this fermented superfood is immune strengthening, high in antioxidants (good for inner AND outer beauty!), aids in digestive system balance, high in protein, vitamin B12, vitamin E, vitamin K and isoflavones.
Check out the asian food section of your supermarket, health food stores or asian grocers!
Recipe for miso salad from 101 Cookbooks:
splash of extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard (or a bit of whatever mustard you have around)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or honey or agave)
1/4 cup (brown) rice vinegar
1/3 cup mild flavored extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pure toasted sesame oil (optional)
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
3/4 cup chives, minced
8 ounces extra-firm tofu (see headnotes), room temperature