There are two things I take very seriously when I enter an Asian restaurant: the Hot & Sour Soup and the Seaweed Salad. I have had soup with absolutely NO flavor. I’ve had salad that tastes like room temperature salted seaweed. Unacceptable!
I am pleased to bring you Sammy Seaweed Salad!
Sammy Seaweed Salad
- 1 1/4 oz dried seaweed
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar (not seasoned)
- 2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ginger grated, or paste
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 packets Splenda
- 1 cucumber
- 1 oz carrots, or 2-3 large baby carrots
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, more for garnish
Soak seaweed in warm water while preparing the rest of the ingredients. In a medium bowl whisk together vinegar through Splenda. Drain the seaweed, and add fresh warm water. Prepare the vegetables. Chop 1 large scallion stalk. Using a vegetable peeler, create strips of cucumber and carrots to produce about 1/2 cup of loosely packed short cucumbers strips and 1/2 cup loosely packed carrot strips. Drain the seaweed once more and rinse. Take scissors and snip through the green bunch to produce some smaller pieces. Squeeze the excess liquid out of the seaweed (it gets slimy) and transfer to the sauce bowl. Toss the contents together. Add the vegetables and sesame seeds, toss and refrigerate. Once chilled, serve, and garnish with additional sesame seeds, cucumber, and carrots strips.
Nutrition: 1/4 recipe
Calories: 63, Fat: 3.7g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 832mg, Carbs: 6.6g, Fiber: 5.8g, Sugar: 0.7g, Protein: 0.2g
For those of you who are skeptical about eating seaweed, here are some interesting benefits of the salt water plant:
Seaweed contains vitamins A and C, and is also a source of calcium, which is one of the reasons some red seaweed supplements are included as part of some treatment plans for osteoarthritis
I also learned that you don’t have to be Japanese to make a kickin’ seaweed salad!
Its mild and sweet, refreshing, and crisp, and I could have eaten the whole damn bowl! I actually ate about half of it!