There are several ways to eat seaweed. You’re probably most familiar with the pressed nori sheets wrapped around sushi. Seaweed is an important part of Korean culture. It’s a Korean tradition to eat seaweed soup (miyeokguk – 미역국) for your birthday! And, I promise you, it’s delicious with beef broth.
Today, I decided to make a super easy, refreshing, and very nutritious seaweed salad! Seaweed is a source of many vitamins and health benefits – it’s a super food!
Compared to the terrestrial plants and animal-based foods, seaweed is rich in some health-promoting molecules and materials such as, dietary fiber, ω-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. – Rajapakse N, et al. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2011.
Another major health benefit is that seaweed contains iodine. Most every other food lacks this key health ingredient. Consuming a healthy level of iodine is important to your thryoids, a gland that helps regulate your hormones. A malfunctioning thryoid can result in several health problems such as fatigue, memory problems, slower heart rates, and more.
This seaweed salad is super simple to make. It’s a great side dish with any meat or heavy dishes. I had it with chicken tonight for dinner – delicious combo!
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 small sweet onion
- 2 spoonful of vinegar
- 2 spoonful of soy sauce
- 2 pinches of sea salt
- 2 spoonful of brown sugar or Korean green plum syrup
- (optional) Korean red pepper flakes
- The amount of dried seaweed I used – it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s dried seaweed, it expands in water.
- Soak handful of seaweed in cold water until it expands like picture below.
- While dried seaweed is sitting in cold water (it took ~5 minutes), boil some water, flash cook the fully expanded seaweed (~1 to 2 minutes). This is to get rid of the fishy/seaweed smell. Drain the seaweed and rinse with cold water to prevent overcooking. I added ice to make it colder.
- Thinly slice 1 onion and 1/2 cucumber
- In a separate bowl, mix 2 spoonful of sugar or Korean green plum syrup (sweetener), 2 spoonful of vinegar, 2 spoonful of soy sauce, and two pinches of sea salt. I also added some Korean red pepper flakes for color and heat.
- It’s done! Enjoy.
Doesn’t it look delicious!?
And refreshing. It’s the perfect summer healthy craving.
As always, I advise trying it with rice.