This tasty salad is full of B-vitamins! Serve as a side salad, or just chow through the whole lot for a big, tasty hit of minerals & iodine – which is important for breastfeeding mamas. YUMMY. Apologies for the blurry picture. iPhones are slackers.
22g / ¾oz dried wakame (whole, cut, whatevs! 22g was half the packet)
1 cup carrot, shredded (or spiralised or julienne, if you like)
2 shallots, finely sliced
3 tbsp coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
3 tbsp mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine vinegar)
2-3 tbsp soy sauce (salt to your taste; use Japanese soy, not light)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 banana/Hungarian chilli pepper, finely sliced (medium chilli)
1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
½ tsp garlic, de-veined & minced
2 tbsp sesame seeds (toasted or untoasted, as you like)
1. Soak the dried wakame in warm water for around 5 minutes. Drain, rinse, then squeeze out the excess water. If using whole or large pieces of wakame, cut into ½ inch wide strips or squares (your preferred texture).
2. Stir together mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, chilli, ginger, garlic to make the dressing.
3. Combine wakame, carrot, shallots, & coriander in a bowl. Pour on dressing & toss until mixed well. Top with sesame seeds.
+ If you can’t find mirin, 3 tbsp Chinese rice wine vinegar (unsweetened, unseasoned) plus a teaspoon of sugar (dissolve) or agave should suffice. I’m not sure how it would go with raw apple cider vinegar – let me know if you try it!
+ I was out of sesame seeds when I made this on the weekend & took the photo, so used sunflower seeds instead. It wasn’t too bad!
+ I’m thinking it might be nice with some cucumber half-rounds added to it… I’ll try that next time!
+ Little cubes of tofu would make a tasty addition, too.