This tangy seaweed salad is delicious and nutritious! Packed with vitamins and minerals, this recipe is full of Asian-inspired flavors. Miso paste and soy sauce create a savory dressing for crunchy seaweed. Aside from being super tasty, this seaweed salad is easy to make and comes together in under 10 minutes.
What Makes This Seaweed Salad Recipe So Good
- It’s super versatile! You have the option to add carrots, edamame, or cilantro for extra flavor. You could also serve it over mixed greens for a bigger, more filling salad. Make a meal out of it, or simply enjoy it as a side dish – it’s entirely up to you!
- A few simple ingredients give it incredible flavor. A mix of miso paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a touch of ginger create the most flavorful dressing for this seaweed salad.
- It’s so healthy for you! Seaweed contains a ton of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So not only does this salad taste good, but it’s good for you too.
Key Ingredients for Seaweed Salad
Dried Seaweed – Easier to acquire than fresh seaweed, dried seaweed requires just a few minutes to dehydrate before it’s ready to use. I found that a mix of dried wakame and dried kombu seaweed worked best for this salad. Though you can use any type of dried seaweed you’d like.
Ginger – Just a little goes a long way in this seaweed salad! Fresh ginger gives this dish a subtle spice. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use 1/8 teaspoon of dried ginger instead.
- When it comes to the optional add-ins, use as little or as much as you’d like! Edamame is a great source of protein, so if you’re turning this into a meal add 1 cup instead of 1/2 cup. If you don’t enjoy the taste of cilantro, you can use less or remove it completely.
- If you have extra time, allow the seaweed salad to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before serving. Though it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, seaweed salad is traditionally served chilled. Letting it sit in the fridge will also help the flavors develop.
- Rinse your seaweed with fresh water once you’ve rehydrated it. Since dried seaweed is, well, dried – rinsing it well will give it that fresh flavor back!
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- Large bowl
- Small bowl
- 2 ounces dried wakame seaweed
- 2 ounces dried kombu seaweed
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce see Notes
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar see Notes
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup shelled edamame
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Soak the dried wakame and kombu seaweed in cold water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the seaweed, then add to a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix together the miso paste, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and grated ginger.
- Add the soy sauce mixture to the seaweed salad and toss to coat. Mix in carrots, edamame and cilantro if using, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Make it Paleo: To make this recipe paleo, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
- Rice Vinegar: If you don’t have rice vinegar, you could use white vinegar instead.
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Hi! I’m Sam, a travel, food and fitness enthusiast from the New York metro area. I love creating new and inventive recipes, and my favorite part is sharing them with others. My love of food goes all the way back to my early childhood, I grew up cooking alongside my mom and Nonna – the two best cooks I know! When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m either planning my next vacation, spending time outdoors (preferably on a beach), or bingeing Netflix’s latest docu-series. My passion for eating and living well led me to create the blog and Instagram account, Sam Does Her Best, where I health-ify my favorite comfort foods. I’m a big believer that good-for-you food can still be exploding with flavor and (most importantly) easy to make. I’m thrilled to be here at 40 Aprons doing what I do best – creating, photographing, and sharing delicious recipes with you all!