Wakame Sea Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing


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This light Japanese salad pairs well with shrimp tempura or chicken teriyaki. Wakame is a seaweed that tastes a lot like spinach.

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  • 1 oz. dried wakame
  • 1/4 C. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. mirin
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated gingerroot
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, optional
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

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Place the wakame in a large bowl of warm water. Soak for 20 minutes or according to pkg. directions until it expands six or seven times and is tender. Trim off any tough parts; cut into smaller pieces. Rinse well and pat dry thoroughly.In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, gingerroot, sesame seed oil, salt and sesame seeds. Pour over the wakame; mix well. Serve chilled.

Makes 4 servings.

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