Most people don't have everything in their pantry to make a sea weed salad from scratch. Both my son and I love seaweed salad and it is that special thing we get when we go to the states. It doesn't matter where we see it in a grocery store deli or at a restaurant we are sure. So when I made Caribbean Spice Belize's Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette, that was the favor combination I was going for, that touch of sesame both toasted and the intensity and nuttiness in the oil, a little chili and ginger for that taste explosion you get when you put a bite of seaweed salad in your mouth.
We all should have more seaweed in our diet, as it is insanely good for you, almost fat free and low calorie. Its packed full of vitamins as well, so go ahead and enjoy this vitamin packed salad till your hearts content!
According to Seibin and Teruko Arasaki, authors of Vegetables from the Sea, “All of the minerals required by human beings, including calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, and zinc are present in sufficient amounts. In addition, there are many trace elements in seaweeds.”
What You Will Need:
3\4 ounce Wakame Seaweed Dried
3 ounces of Caribbean Spice Belize's Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette
1-2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
1\4 cup Grated Carrots (optional)
1\4 cup Chopped Scallions or I use purple onions when I don't have scallions(optional)
Most packets of wakame seaweed do not come with directions, the majority you just soak seaweed in warm water to cover for 5 minutes. Drain and then rinse then squeeze out excess water. If wakame is uncut, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips. I find though asking at your local Asian Grocer how long to soak the seaweed, as some have told me up to 2 days...
Now put the seaweed in a bowl and toss with Caribbean Spice Belize's Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette. Add your carrots and scallions if you have decided to add them.While it sits and marinates put your sesame seeds in a pan on high heat moving them around till you smell them just a little bit and they will be perfectly toasted. When ready to serve just top your salad with the sesame seeds. Drizzle with a little more sesame oil, if desired.
I like to let mine marinate a while, I find it gets better even the next day in the fridge.
The choice is up to you
And remember this for a basically guilt free snack or meal.
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