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

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


  1. 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.
  2. After the soak, rinse and dry the kombu. You can either air dry it or pat down with a towel.
  3. In a bowl, mix kombu and all other ingredients. Let mixture sit for about 10 minutes so kombu can absorb flavors.
  4. 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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