Seaweed salad is a very popular side dish in Japan and around the world. Those who love sushi may also love seaweed salad because it is often served with sushi in Japanese restaurants. It is also possible to make this delicious salad at home with dried seaweed. There are websites that sell dried seaweed online, and they will ship it to your home. Seaweed is farmed around the world. It is available year round, regardless of the seasons. Many recipes call for dried seaweed that is soaked in water for five to ten minutes before making salad with it.
One basic recipe uses dried wakame or seaweed. The other ingredients are fairly common, such as soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, scallions, ginger, and sesame seeds. Seaweed expands seven to ten times when it is rehydrated, so when you mix three-eighths of an ounce of it with water, you will end up with approximately three cups of salad. This recipe recommends soaking the seaweed in warm water for five to eight minutes. When this time is up, the seaweed is drained and quickly immersed in cold water and drained once more. In the meantime, the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar and grated ginger are mixed together in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Then, the seaweed is mixed into the dressing. It can be topped off with toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions. This salad tastes best when it is chilled in the refrigerator overnight, or at least for several hours before serving.
Korean seaweed salad is a variation of the basic Japanese version, and it is made with a different type of seaweed called miyeok that can also be purchased online. It is thicker than Japanese seaweed, and some people prefer the chewy texture of this salad. Dried seaweed is boiled for about three minutes and then drained. The salad dressing consists of one teaspoon of dried red chili flakes, one teaspoon of rice wine vinegar, one teaspoon of soy sauce, and one teaspoon of sesame oil that are mixed together. A little bit of salt should be added along with one teaspoon of honey or sugar. Finally, after chilling thoroughly, it is topped with sesame seeds.
The seaweed, rice wine, ginger, sesame oil, and honey or sugar seem to be in almost every seaweed salad recipe, but there are some unusual additions that can give seaweed salad a unique taste. One of these ingredients is garlic. It is easy to add about three cloves of garlic that are minced to any of the recipes. As the salad chills in the refrigerator, the garlic flavor permeates throughout the salad, leaving a very delicious taste for those who love garlic. Even those who do not care for it may want to try this recipe since garlic is a healthy natural food.
Seaweed salad lovers who are diet conscious may want to replace the sugar in the recipe with stevia. The rice vinegar can also be replaced with lemon juice. There is also a type of non-pasteurized soy sauce that is called tamari that may be substituted for the soy sauce. Seaweed salad is a very good diet food because it provides a feeling of fullness in the stomach. The fact that it must be chewed is also very good for dieters because it makes you feel as if you have really eaten real food, yet it is not full of calories like many foods that need to be thoroughly chewed.
There are many other variations of seaweed salad recipes, such as one that adds tart apples like Granny Smiths to the basic recipes. Other recipes add cucumber that is added to the basic salad recipe. It is even possible to make a light main dish with seaweed salad mixed with jasmine rice, tuna, shiitake mushrooms, and chicken or vegetable stock. Seaweed salad is most often served with sushi or other seafood dishes, but it can be enjoyed in many different ways.