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Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Morsels of Life - Seaweed Cucumber Salad - Crisp cucumber, smooth sesame oil, tangy vinegar, and tantalizing seaweed makes for an unforgettable summer dish.

"Cool as a cucumber" takes on a new meaning with this great dish I "recently" found. As we're heading into warmer weather, I thought I'd make this cucumber salad. Cucumber salads are all more or less the same; though delicious, the formula can get a bit dull. This recipe from Sustainable Pantry, however has a decidedly Asian twist with the incorporation of sesame oil and seaweed. Don't let the seaweed turn you off; in addition to all the nutrients and health benefits seaweed provides, it has a wonderful flavor reminiscent of the ocean's bounty. This flavor, combined with the intoxicating aroma of sesame seed oil, makes for a multi-layered experience. The cucumbers bring their familiar cold crispness, contrasting the slightly chewy texture of the seaweed. Sesame seed oil, sweet cucumber, tart vinegar, and seaweed combine well for a distinct and enjoyable dish.

I used frozen hai dai (海帶) and dried wakame along with a little hijiki when I made this cucumber seaweed salad. Hai dai is a Chinese salted kelp, and the same one I used in Miso Soup and Bean Sprout Soup. (You can see what it looks like in those pictures.) It's the thicker kind you can usually find at the Asian grocery tied in knots or sliced. I'm not sure of the proper English name, but here's the Wikipedia link. Wakame is a Japanese seaweed often used in Miso Soup. For the Hai Dai, I just chopped it up, and for the wakame, I just crunched it up a bit more. I didn't rehydrate the wakame before using since I figured it'd be tastier if I let it hydrate in the cucumbers/rice vinegar/sesame oil instead of water. Plus, then you don't have to worry about draining the salad or having pools of liquid at the bottom since the seaweed will soak it up! Now, there's a multi-tasker. :)

What are your thoughts on seaweed?


Morsels of Life - Seaweed Cucumber Salad - Crisp cucumber, smooth sesame oil, tangy vinegar, and tantalizing seaweed makes for an unforgettable summer dish.

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Crisp cucumber, smooth sesame oil, tangy vinegar, and tantalizing seaweed makes for an unforgettable summer dish.

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Yield: 2 servings

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Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
seaweed to taste


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Morsels of Life - Seaweed Cucumber Salad Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Seaweed Cucumber Salad Step 2 - Combine all materials and shake together. 2. Combine all materials and shake together.

Morsels of Life - Seaweed Cucumber Salad - Crisp cucumber, smooth sesame oil, tangy vinegar, and tantalizing seaweed makes for an unforgettable summer dish.

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10 comments:

  1. Nice! This is a salad a definitely look forward to when it gets warmer. I've never seen the hai da, but I'm sure it's around here in one of the Asian supermarkets in Queens. Thanks for the suggestion, and the link love ;)

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  2. I really liked it! I use hai dai since my mom gave me a bunch. :P It's usually in the freezer section, but sometimes it's in the 5 gallon buckets and you just pull out how much you want. :)

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  3. I am not sure I could eat seaweed. What kind of taste does it have? Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #WonderfulWednesday. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Tuesday when we open our doors at 7:00 PM EST.

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    1. There's lots of different types of seaweed, and a wide range of tastes. I'd say most of them are a slightly salty, sea taste. I've even heard dulse seaweed tastes like bacon, although I've never had it before. :)

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  4. I love seaweed! Do you use the dried kind? Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Link up!

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    1. I do for this recipe since it helps soak up the cucumber liquid, and then you don't have a bunch of liquid leftover on the bottom. :)

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  5. I have had things with seaweed in it, but never made anything with it. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Hop!

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    1. Maybe you can try this simple recipe? Hope you enjoy! :)

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