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Sesame Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

There are plenty of holidays that Kenya and Chloe want to celebrate, but for the past few years one of the most important ones to me has been Earth Day. Teaching my kids about the importance of caring for their world has been an educational experience for our whole family. I certainly did not benefit as a kid from exposure to the same information they have, and answering their questions about where our trash goes when the garbage truck picks it up, what global warming is, and how can we protect all the animals in the sea is a constant daily reminder of how important this special day is. Similarly, I try to expose the kids to as many of the magical foods the earth naturally produces as possible, including ones they may never before have thought about eating.

Here are a few things I assume come to mind for most kids when they hear the term seaweed salad_ gross, slimy, weird, no way am I eating that! It may seem strange to some people but I promise you, seaweed salad is incredibly delicious. So much so that from the time hubby and I first started taking the kids to Japanese restaurants they'd scarf it down so fast we'd always end up having to order another bowl.

Similar to dark leafy greens, seaweed is about as nutrient dense as it gets, packed with such vitamins as C (more than even broccoli), B12, and A. I bought the seaweed for this salad at Trader Joe's, but different varieties can be found at Whole Foods and most health food stores. Just a touch of toasted sesame oil, a dash of soy sauce, and a splash of tangy rice vinegar turns this nutritional powerhouse from the sea into something every kid can enjoy.

And when your little ones tell you how much they love eating seaweed you can remind them that it's yet another reason we have to keep our oceans clean!

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Sesame Seaweed Salad (serves 2 )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 ounce) package seaweed salad mix
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 scallion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, soak the seaweed salad mix in cold water for 5 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
2. In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, scallions and sesame seeds.
3. Pour the dressing over the seaweed and toss to thoroughly combine.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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13 comments

  • Lisa

    Love this! We were at a Japanese resto the other night and as I was eating my seaweed salad I thought \"I have to make this at home\".
    Was going to hunt down some seaweed this week.
    Thanks for the recipe though as you have taken the guesswork out of the dressing :) Love your site!

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    • Alex

      So excited to try this too! I love seaweed salad at Japanese restaurants.
      This will go really well with the \"Sweet ginger tofu\" that just came out of the oven! Thanks again!

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    This actually sounds quite yummy. Where does one find seaweed salad mix packages? Is that a fresh food item or with the processed foods?

    We celebrated Earth Day by doing a litter pickup along our road and made an Earth Day cake with nutritional frosting (complete with candles, and a rousing rendition of 'Happy Earth Day!')

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    • Catherine

      I bought the mix for this at Trader Joes. They also sell mixed blends at Whole Foods and most health food stores. It's so darn nutritious!

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  • HeatherChristo

    I love seaweed salad and this looks and sounds so good! Happy Earth Day!

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  • Christy

    My little guy just ate seaweed for breakfast! I am sure he would love this. Cannot wait to try it:)

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  • Gaby

    LOVE me some seaweed salad :)

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  • Debbie Adler

    Instead of sugar you can also try 1/2 tablespoon of coconut nectar for an even healthier version of this kick-it-up-a-notch nutritious salad!

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  • Sarah

    This looks great! A gentle reminder that it's not a gluten free recipe. Soy sauce contains gluten. You can, of course, substitute Tamari, the GF alternative to soy sauce, but if you're using regular soy, it's got gluten.

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  • Grace

    Seaweed is an amazing source of vitamins and nutrients and also is the best thing to eat to lower estrogen! Thats right men and women need to lower their estrogen these days.... Viva Weelicious!

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