Japanese Seaweed Salad (& 3 Delicious Pairings)
Feeling tide down with traditional salad greens? Hook onto this wakame seaweed salad!
Feeling tide down with the standard bowl of salad greens?
Hook onto this wakame seaweed salad packed with flavor as deep as the sea!
Wakame seaweed is known as an edible "sea vegetable" and comes with a host of health benefits. Like other types of seaweed, it is packed with many nutrients such as fiber, iodine, calcium, and vitamins A and B-12.
Really, this recipe is one you do not want to miss so let’s dive right into it!
Seaweed Salad Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition per serving: 70 calories, 5 g fat, 2 g protein, 4 g total carb, 1 g fiber
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
• 1 oz wakame seaweed (dried)
• 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
• 1 Tbsp sesame oil
• 1 Tbsp soy sauce
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp ginger juice
• 1 scallion, thinly sliced
• 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1. Rinse the dried seaweed, add to a large bowl, and cover with cold water. Soak for about 10 minutes and allow it the seaweed to rehydrate and become tender. Drain the seaweed and gently squeeze out excess water.
2. For the seaweed salad dressing, add vinegar, oil, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger juice to a small bowl. Mix until combined.
3. Toss seaweed with the dressing, taste, and add more seasoning if necessary. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced scallions then serve.
Japanese Seaweed Salad Prep & Serving Ideas
The seaweed salad is delicious as is, but is also versatile and can take countless flavors. It also pairs well with many Asian-inspired dishes. Do not miss these prep and serving suggestions!
Delicious Twists & Additions
Wakame sports a noodle-like appearance that makes it perfect for the salad. However, feel free to use other varieties like arame, hijiki, and konbu.
Also adding other ingredients as desired, including:
• Fish sauce
• Red pepper flakes
All-in-all, experiment with favorite flavors from veggies, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, sauces, and other ingredients you may have on hand.
3 Delicious Ways to Serve
Pair the seaweed salad with a variety of dishes to make a balanced meal, including these 3 tasty ideas:
1. Miso soup, a traditional Japanese soup prepared with dashi stock, miso paste, and tofu.
2. Fish varieties, including scallops, shrimp, and tilapia. Cook as desired, including pan-fried, sautéed, and steamed.
3. Vegetable potstickers packed with the fresh and vibrant flavors of cabbage, carrots, red pepper, ginger, and cilantro.