Your Sea Grapes Seaweed Salad is ready in 10 minutes and should be enough to make 4 people extremely happy!
First off you’ll want to take your sea grapes out of their packaging, soaking them in warm water for 5 minutes. Use water at room temperature, no need to heat the water first.
Once 5 minutes have passed, drain and squeeze out any excess water. Do not cut the sea grapes, use them as long pearly strings in your salad. They’ll break easily in your mouth and have a very pleasing “pop” when you bite on them.
Stir together the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, pepper and ginger in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved, feel free to heat the vinegar lightly in the microwave to make the sugar dissovle faster. Then add the sea grapes, scallions, carrots, and cilantro and toss them together to combine everything. Sprinkle your seaweed salad with white or black sesame seeds.
Ingredients for Sea Grapes Seaweed Salad
- 2.8oz/80g of dehydrated sea grapes (approx 10oz/300g once hydrated)
- 1⁄4 cup shredded carrot
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, best toasted
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
Sea grapes, or seaweed in general, has amazing properties! Sea vegetables are virtually fat-free, low calorie and are one of the richest sources of minerals in the vegetable kingdom. According to Seibin Arasaki and Teruko Arasaki, the two 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.”
They also contain precious vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, niacin, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. B12 can rarely be found in vegetables, but analysis has shown traces of this essential B12 vitamin in seaweeds! Who knew seaweed could be this amazing?