Do you guys have that food you’re always in the mood for, no matter what? For me, it’s Japanese food. I can always go for Japanese food. Vegetable tempura, avocado sushi, veg gyoza, seaweed salad, house salad, rice… it’s all SO GOOD. But eating at a Japanese restaurant every day is not wallet-friendly, so I’ve been setting out to recreate my favorite dishes at home. Enter this seaweed salad.
Besides my obsession with Japanese food, eating seaweed is a habit I can really get behind. Sea vegetables, like nori, kombu, wakame, and arame, are excellent sources of nutrients. Kombu is a fantastic source of:
- Iodine: a nutrient not only crucial for thyroid health, but crucial to the healthy functioning of the cerebrospinal fluid, the thymus gland, the stomach, and the brain.
- Bioavailable Iron: used for the transport of oxygen throughout the blood, the iron found in kombu is easily absorbed into the body.
- Calcium: a mineral not just crucial for bone health, but also for healthy cellular function.
- Vitamin C: a vitamin used to support a healthy immune system, and also critical in the growth and functioning of body tissues. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant.
All in all, this is a salad you can feel good about eating. Even better, a half cup serving of kombu is only 17 calories. Which comes in handy, because this salad is so addicting that it’s easy to eat multiple servings at once!
- 2 oz. package Kombu Kelp
- ¼ Cup Toasted Sesame Oil
- 2 Tbs Shoyu or Tamari
- 1 Tbs Rice Vinegar
- Drizzle Sriracha (optional)
- 2 Tbs Sesame Seeds
- Start by cutting the kombu. It can be cut before or after it has soaked, but I found it easier to cut when it was dry rather than wet. Cut the kombu into thin strips, then soak in water for one hour to soften.
- After the soak, rinse and dry the kombu. You can either air dry it or pat down with a towel.
- In a bowl, mix kombu and all other ingredients. Let mixture sit for about 10 minutes so kombu can absorb flavors.
- Serve seaweed salad with extra sesame seeds, or another drizzle of sriracha (if desired). Enjoy!
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