Cooking with seaweed often sounds complicated but in fact many seaweed salads are quick and easy to prepare.
Japanese seaweed salads are refreshing in flavor and they go well with various Asian style dishes, and are overall a great way of adding seaweed to your diet.Here is some of my favorite Japanese style seaweed salad recipes that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Wakame & Cucumber Salad – a Japanese Sunomono dish
“Sunomono” (meaning vinegared things in Japanese) generally refers to a variety of side dishes such as salads with seaweed, vegetables and seafood which are seasoned with vinegar based dressings.
To make a simple seaweed cucumber salad you’ll need the following:
- 1 Japanese cucumber (cut into thin slices)
- Roughly 70 g of Wakame seaweed (pre-soaked)
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp rice vinegar
- Slice of lemon to decorate
How to prepare: Put cucumber slices in a bowl, sprinkle with salt and leave for 5 min. Then squeeze cucumber slices to remove all juice. Mix vinegar and sugar in a bowl and add cucumber and wakame. Finally, sprinkle with sesame seeds and a bit of chili flakes. Decorate with a slice of lemon if you wish. Serve & enjoy.
Serves 2 – 4 people as a side dish.
There are many varieties of sunomono salad and you can easily add seafood or thin noodles to this salad.
Tuna & Nori seaweed salad
This seaweed salad is super easy. All you need is a few cans of tuna, 1 cucumber, 1 spring onion, nori seaweed and a bit of soy sauce and wasabi and you are good to go.
I actually just made this salad the other day, so here’s a few photos, it’s really yummy on rice cakes:
Method: Add tuna to a bowl and add chopped cucumber and spring onion. Mix well. Cut a few nori sheets into smaller pieces, and add to bowl together with a small amount of soy sauce and wasabi. Stir it all together and it’s ready to serve.
For more flavor, you can also add sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Wakame & Cucumber recipe adapted from aboutJapan