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Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

What is Seaweed salad?

The traditional Japanese dish of seaweed salad is gaining popularity in Western countries for good reason. Packed with a range of nutrients, seaweed salad is made up of several seaweed varieties, the most common being wakame.

A typical seaweed salad recipe would include 

  • About 30 grams of dried seaweed (some recipes specify wakame, others a mixture)

  • A little bit over 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seed oil

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar or an equivalent sweetener

  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

  • ½ teaspoon of ginger

  • Up to ½ teaspoon of salt depending on taste

  • 1 finely chopped scallion.

To make it you need to soak the seaweed in cold water for between five and ten minutes, the longer you soak it, the less crunchy it will be. While that’s soaking, use all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and scallions to make the dressing. Combine them all in a bowl and whisk together. Drain the seaweed, then combine with the dressing and sesame seeds. Plate up then garnish with scallions 

Seaweed salad calories in a normal serving have been measured at 56 calories.

What happens if you eat Seaweed everyday?

Eating seaweed salad regularly offers a variety of health benefits. These include such benefits as -:

  • Excellent source of vitamin B12, particularly if Nori seaweed is included in the salad mix.

  • Potential source of vitamin K

  • Seaweed has anti inflammatory properties

  • A range of nutrients provided by seaweed may help to lower blood pressure and assist in improving overall heart health

  • Being low in calories and fat content as well as being an excellent source of fibre, seaweed salad may help with weight control

However, if overeaten on a daily basis, there is a strong chance that all that goodness could cause some problems.

Too much seaweed in your diet could lead to an overload of vitamin K in your body, this could lead to an exacerbation of existing kidney problems and interfere with medication.
As seaweed can be a source of iodine, care needs to be exercised to ensure that your body doesn’t have too much iodine which could be harmful to the thyroid gland.

For these reasons, it is recommended that seaweed salad be eaten on a weekly basis rather than daily.

What does Seaweed salad taste like?

How seaweed salad tastes exactly will be determined by which seaweeds are in the mix. However, It is reasonable to expect that the seaweed itself will have a bold salty ocean flavour. This is balanced by an array of contrasting flavours that are alternately sweet, toasty and tangy. This makes an interesting and sometimes surprising taste full of variety. Add the complex taste to a crunchy chewy texture and you’ve got a salad that is sure to please.

Where to buy Seaweed salad ?

If you’re looking for where to buy seaweed salad, or a mix of quality seaweed salad in Australia, the Buy Organics Online website has a range of pre packaged seaweed salad mixes and assorted other ingredients including premade dressing that are sure to tempt the taste buds. Make your next salad a seaweed salad and buy your supplies from Buy Organics Online today.

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