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Wakame Salad

Healthy delicious, wakame salad is Japan's super popular seaweed salad. This wakame salad recipe is quick and easy to make at home and is the perfect side for your next Japanese inspired lunch or dinner. You’ll love this Japanese seaweed salad.
Author: Akiko @ MIKLIA
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Japanese, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Servings: 4 servings


Vegetable and seaweed

  • 1 tomato (200g)
  • 1 cucumber (150g)
  • 2 tablespoons dried wakame (5g, or 30g of salted wakame)
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu (30ml: or homemade ponzu sauce)

Wakame salad dressing

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (9g: or toast sesame seeds at home)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (any sugar, I use cane sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger


Wakame salad dressing

  • Combine all the ingredients with a whisk in a small ball. Ensure salt and sugar dissolves completely.

Vegetables & seaweed

  • Soak dried wakame in a generous amount of water in a medium sized bowl and let them hydrate. Or if it's salted fresh wakame, drain water twice and soak it in water for five minutes. Don’t soak them for more than five minutes. (note 1)
  • Rub cucumber with a pinch of sea salt until moisture appears on the surface. Remove the moisture with running water, and dry the cucumber with a kitchen towel. (note 2)
  • Cut off the head and the end of the cucumber. Slice cucumbers with a slicer or a knife.
  • Cut tomato into cubes.

Mixing up

  • Add all the vegetable and wakame into a medium size bowl. Pour the dressing over them and mix everything together thoroughly.
    That's it! Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  1. If you soak wakame for more than five minutes, it’ll lose its nutrients. It's optional but pour a cup of boiled water over the wakame in a sieve.
  2. This simple cooking technique is called shiomomi in Japanese. It's used for various vegetable dishes and helps to remove the bitterness hidden under the vegetable skin. 
  3. This wakame salad can be enjoyed straight away. It can be saved next day although the tomato becomes softer. The wakame salad dressing can be saved for a week in the fridge. 
Keyword: seaweed salad, wakame salad
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