Seaweed Salad Anyone?

This dressing I recommend for Asian inspired salads, noodles. . .even a marinade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to thank me for sparing you the awful task of having to make and then eat this semi-wretched salad pictured below. I say “semi” because it was at least 60% better than a seaweed salad I tried last year, but not so good that I’m ever going to make it again. I do make this salad dressing a lot, though, and you should try it, too; it’s spot-on!

The salad: seaweed, shredded carrots, green onions & sesame seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You see, several months ago when I went to Dry Dock (a super awesome local fish-selling store), I bought a little container of their seaweed salad. Being that the color was a beautiful, vibrant green combined with the fact that I really like, basically, all foods, I was anxious to try this. So after putting the fish in the fridge when I got home, I quickly forked a bunch of the salad and chomped away. . .but not for long. I almost completely threw up! It was like biting into a swirly, green, slimy mess of French-cut string beans that were fresh from a super salty sewer. I must admit, I was a little mad at myself for not liking it because, as I said earlier, I basically like all foods. I directly threw this stuff away!

Besides squeezing the water out of these, I also patted them down with paper towels, then cut them into bite-sized pieces to lessen the slime factor.

So fast-forward to last night when after recently reading all the great benefits of eating seaweed (high in protein, vitamin K, calcium and is anti-inflammatory), I decided to make a much better version of seaweed salad. After all, I was using the most mild form of seaweed – wakame – and I’ve had seaweed soup before which I really liked, so I figured my homemade seaweed salad would be pretty good.

After soaking, check the fronds for hidden pebbles or shells! There were several tiny snail shells that I found. . .thankfully.

 

I guess it was good enough to eat, though, because John ate all of his without any complaints of smell or texture, but as anyone who knows me knows that my sense of smell is close to super hero status, and that’s what got to me. . .the smell! It wasn’t terrible, maybe on par with the aroma of an unkempt 5th grader’s aquarium, but it was smelly enough to make me super thankful for all the extra onions I added.

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Asian Salad Dressing

3 TBS soy sauce (reduced sodium)
3 TBS rice wine vinegar (unflavored)
1 TBS sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp minced, fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
couple shakes of red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a container, then whisk. Or, you can just use a fork.

 

Author: Suzanne

I'm a health coach specializing in helping baby-boomers optimize their cholesterol levels.

6 thoughts on “Seaweed Salad Anyone?”

  1. No warning from you was necessary, I am out when it comes to seaweed. I have tried but it doesn’t make me think I am eating something from the bottom of the sea, marinated in unfiltered sea water so don’t even get me started on the smell. On the other hand, the dressing sounds yummy. How could it be bad with rice wine vinegar and sesame oil? Seriously!

  2. I must confess, I did eat the whole salad, about the same pace as I did the most wretched aki poke bowl I ordered in Hawaii a couple years back. That’s another story for another day, but I found this seaweed salad not “as bad” as the poke, but admittedly with my nose closed off. After all it supposed to be good for you. I just don’t put seaweed at the top of my list when salad comes to mind. The “saving grace” for me though was the dressing!! Very tasty and flavorful! I can see it being used on many Asian inspired dishes. As an interior decorator and landscape designer I know what looks good inside a home and in a garden where key design elements come into play. As for being a cook, that I haven’t even come close to achieving, but what I do know is what tastes good, and this dressing purely and tastefully does so!! I beleive I am going to be the “human guinea pig” going forward, so expect honest, accurate and non biased reviews with my stomach and tastebuds being the judge and jury. Nice job 👍 Suzanne on your very tasty Asian salad dressing!!

  3. And half-way through eating it when I commented on how smelly the salad was and how I didn’t really like it, you barely acknowledged me and continued eating it, and so I felt compelled to finish mine! Thank you for being my human guinea pig even though you are not tough to please in the food department.

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