Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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.

Seaweed Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeSeaweed Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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!

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Seaweed Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

Seaweed Salad

This seaweed salad is just like the one at your favorite Japanese restaurant - except with no added sugar!
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6 Salads


  • 2 oz . package Kombu Kelp
  • 1/4 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!

Seaweed Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

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  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve never had an actual seaweed salad, but my mom and I used to be obsessed with all things seaweed, haha! We used to devour these fantastic seaweed rice crackers we found, so good!

    • Reply
      January 19, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      What brand were the crackers?? I’d love to try them!

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    January 20, 2016 at 7:08 am

    In Japanese restaurants, I always find myself reaching for the fluorescent green seaweed salad, eating entire forkfulls of it before leaning back and sighing with contentment. As that is indeed not the most budget-friendly option, I am thrilled to see you’ve adapted those familiar flavours (and slightly alarming colour?) to the home cook’s conditions.

    • Reply
      January 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Ksenia!! It’s much more budget friendly to make it at home for sure :)

  • Reply
    Susie @ SuzLyfe
    January 20, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I love seaweed, so this looks like perfection to me! Pinning!

    • Reply
      January 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Susie!! :D

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    January 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    im the same way with japanese food and almost always order seaweed salad. i did try making it long time ago but mine turned out nasty. i dont think i soaked it enough..but i will look out for this brand next time.

    • Reply
      January 23, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      You should definitely give it a try, it comes out fantastic!!

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