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Veggie Challenge Blog #2: Seaweed Salad

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The SparkArizona Team Challenge to "Eat Your Veggies" is encouraging me to try new vegetables. Since I completely LOVE vegetables, this is a bit of a challenge. I have eaten seaweed salad before, in restaurants, though I have never made my own. So we'll consider this a "make a new veggie" challenge!

I was at Whole Foods, looking through the seaweed choices to find one I'd not had before (yes, I love seaweed), when I saw this handy bag, mixing a wide variety of sea veggies:

The ingredients list: wakame, agar, suginori, tsunomata, and mafunori. Huh. The nutrition facts per serving: 14 calories (gotta love that!) 236 mg sodium, 0.6 g protein, and 3g carbohydrates. Seaweed is also known for being rich in trace minerals, which are not listed on the package.

Directions: soak in cold water for 7 minutes, then drain.

Here's how it looks after it is soaked and drained. I think it is gorgeous!

What do you think?

I wanted a little more color variety, so I grated a carrot and sliced up an orange bell pepper. There were more calories in the dressing than in the salad. No surprise there. Dressing was rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and a touch of Bragg's Aminos ('cuz I am out of tamari).

Here's a photo of my finished salad:

I found it totally delicious and it felt so good to be eating this lovely, nutritious salad.

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    This looks delicious! I've tried other products from that company but not seen that particular mix. I'll look for it the next time I'm at the store! I've been wanting to have a seaweed salad at home. Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon
    2707 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I love me some veggies and will have to try this. Love the nutritional value and the calories! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Let's eat!
    2708 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Good for you! I've tasted seaweed salad at Costco and found it too salty to be palatable for me. Perhaps soaking it removes some of the salt. It's a beautiful looking salad. I haven't seen seaweed in our markets in Monroe. Hey, I can't even find whole wheat tortillas here! Maybe if I shopped in Charlotte, I'd find more variety.
    2709 days ago
    Looks Yummy. I had a sample of a seaweed salad when I was at Costco once. I loved it.
    2709 days ago
  • DR1939
    Looks yummy. Seaweed has not made it to rural southwest Minnesota.
    2709 days ago
    That looks delicious! I've used seaweed at home, but I've never tried making a seaweed salad. You have me inspired!
    2709 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    Excellent choice! High in nutrients, low in calories! Seaweeds like sprouts have so much to offer.
    I love how you have customized your salad of seaweed with bell pepper and carrot. emoticon
    2709 days ago
    Good for you!
    I absolutely love seaweed salads. My daughter loves when I make seaweed "chips", kind of like kale chips but with a sweetness.
    2709 days ago
    It sure does look pretty and if you say it tastes good too, then I'm all for it! emoticon
    2709 days ago
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