Wakame Seaweed Salad with Sesame Seeds
Wakame is a type of seaweed which often features in Japanese cuisine. This deep green, edible seaweed comes in brownish shades too and those have a stronger flavor. You can get it fresh or frozen from an Asian grocery store. Fresh wakame is best, if that is available, but thawed wakame also works.
Wakame can be made into a salad, perhaps with other ingredients like cucumber or radish, or by itself, or it can be made into sushi strips. It is sometimes added to Asian soup recipes. It is possible to get dried wakame but it goes dark green rather than vivid green when you reconstitute it, so use frozen or fresh wakame for a more pleasing color.
The following recipe combines the seaweed with sesame oil and rice vinegar, as well as sesame seeds and chili flakes. Leave out the chili if you do not want to use it. You might or might not want to add salt, but taste the salad first to see whether it needs it or not. If you especially like the sesame flavor, you can toast your sesame seeds in a dry skillet until they are fragrant and golden brown. Also, you can use half white sesame seeds and half black ones if you like. Do not toast the black ones though because you will not be able to see if they burn.
- 5 oz wakame
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- ¼ teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
- Salt, to taste
- Toss the wakame with the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and sesame flakes.
- Add the chili flakes if using.
- Taste and add salt if required.
Wakame salad is usually served as a side dish or appetizer because, as you can see from the photo, although it looks yummy it is rather plain to serve alone as an entree. This dish however is full-flavored and really delicious, thanks in part to the double addition of sesame. This seaweed salad features both sesame oil and sesame seeds, to give the seaweed a wonderful nutty flavor. Seaweed is rich in nutrients and it tastes pretty good too, whether you go for the fresh or frozen kind. Deep-fried seaweed is also very nice, but far less healthy than this seaweed salad recipe.
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