Let’s all eat more seaweed. I know it’s an acquired taste. Strange shape, unusual color, a little slimy. Most likely, you are already familiar with some of it from eating Asian food (speckles of emerald green wakame are a staple ingredient in miso soup).
Sea vegetables are very easy to work with—you’re really just rehydrating—and super beneficial to our bodies.
They offer a complete protein source, minerals (iron, sodium, iodine) and vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12, A, C, E). Also—a fun fact—the makeup of the saline solution embryos develop in the womb is almost identical to seawater.
They’re added to beauty products, too, to strengthen our hair and nurture our skin. But instead of applying a layer of La Mer on your face—make a salad!
In this recipe, I’m using two types of seaweed: Arame and Hijiki
Arame (long, brown, thin straw strands) and hijiki (dark brown Darjeeling-tea-look-alike chips) are easy to find in Asian-food sections of most supermarkets, usually packed in small cellophane bags.
The rest of the ingredients are terrestrial: crunchy vegetables that add really pretty color and texture, and an Asian-inspired, sweet-salty-spicy dressing. I used Persian cucumbers, but any will do.
You can eat this highly nutritional salad on its own, or serve it as a side with fried tofu.
Another tasty salad you can add to your repertory is this one:
Your take on sea vegetables. Yea or nay?
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Vibrant and highly nutritional salad packed with protein, minerals and vitamins.
- Salad ingredients
- 1 cup dry arame
- ½ cup dry hijiki
- 2 cups cucumbers, sliced horizontally, cut into quarters (about 3 cucumbers)
- 1 cup peeled, grated carrot (about 1 large carrot)
- 1 red, yellow or green pepper, destemmed, seeded, finely diced (about 1 large pepper)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup alfa-alfa or other sprouts
- Dressing igredients
- 3 tablespoons peeled, grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- Place the arame and hijiki in a medium bowl, and pour in enough water to completely submerge them. Let soak on the kitchen counter, until rehydrated and doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
- Prepare the dressing. Over a small sieve placed over a bowl, squeeze out as much juice from the grated ginger as you can. Discard the pulp.
- Mix in the maple syrup, soy sauce, lemon juice, and salt. In a slow stream, pour in the oils, and whisk until emulsified. Alternatively, place all dressing ingredients in a jar, secure with a lid, and shake vigorously, until combined. Set aside.
- Drain the sea vegetables through a sieve, and rinse well under cold running water. Squeeze out any excess water with your hands and set aside.
- Dry-toast the sesame seeds in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they darken slightly and become fragrant, about 4–5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, toss the sea vegetables with the cucumbers, carrot, red pepper, and sprouts. Add the dressing and mix well.
- Serve in individual bowls sprinkled with the toasted sesame seeds and sprouts.
- To make this dish raw vegan: don’t toast the sesame seeds, and use agave nectar, nama shoyu and raw sesame oil.