Sunday, 5 July 2015
Wakame Seaweed Salad
You may have seen this salad on your favourite sushi restaurants menu or perhaps even eaten it. However it's premade & delivered, not usually made in house. You can actually by the exact same salad at Costco. Years ago when I bought this, I wasn't knowledgeable about the ingredients, now that I am and re-read the ingredients I stopped buying it and ordering it. Why? Not only is this packaged food full of unhealthy ingredients it also uses blue & yellow food dye to keep it fresh & colorful.
Here is the ingredient list:
Ingredients: Wakame, agar, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable fat and oil, sugar, sesame seeds, salt, vinegar, glucose syrup or starch syrup (“Mizuame”), hydrolyzed protein, cloud ear mushroom, red pepper, glucose, seasoning (amino acid, etc.), acidulant, food coloring (Yellow #4 and Blue #1).
Okay yuck! This beautiful food we know is healthy now becomes unhealthy.
Here is how making this salad at home more healthy.
1 package ( 70 g ) dried cut wakame seaweed
2 large green onions
1/2 Cup sesame seeds ( white & black )
Yields approx 7 Cups
4 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 Tsp braggs liquid soy
Add the package of seaweed to a bowl with double the amount of warm water to insure all seaweed is covered
Set aside to allow it to rehydrate while making the dressing
Add all the ingredients of the dressing to a bowl and mix well
Drain seaweed in a strainer & rinse under cold water, this will help brighten up the green colour
Squeeze most of the liquid out of the seaweed ( I just used my hands )
Chop green onions add them, the sesame seeds and the dressing to the seaweed
Eat right away or refrigerate up to approx 3/4 days
I was so pleased with how it turned out. When I tasted it to see if the recipe turned out it was so good but when I ate it again later it was even better. Eating it later gave the salad time to set & marinate which of course always enhances the flavour. I recommend pre-making it for eating at a later time. However either way was delish!
Why eat wakame? Because of its nutritional line up & for its health benefits. Please read below.
**compliments of organicfacts.com**
I encourage you to give seaweed a try whether it's wakame or another one of the many other varieties. Where to buy it?
I'm sure you can buy them in many places but I do know for sure that your local health food store will carry wakame and your local Asian market.
However you try it or enjoy it mostly may you be Nutritionally Well.