The Hidden Powers of Sea Vegetables

Arame Salad with Snap Peas, Goji Berries and Scallions

This simple salad is made from arame seaweed but you could easily substitute hijiki, another favorite of mine.  If you have never used seaweed before here’s what you should know….

Otherwise known as sea vegetables, these delicious marine algaes grow along seabeds and along the shore.  The most common sea vegetables are Nori, Kombu and Wakame.  Arame is closely related to wakame and kombu.   High in calcium, magnesium,  iodine , iron, vitamin A and B12, as well as loads of minerals, sea vegetables have long been noted to help strengthen the immune system and is a good source of lignans and anti-oxidants.  Sea vegetables such as arame, contain alginic acid, a natural detoxifier. Studies suggest that sea vegetables have cancer-fighting properties and protect against toxins. Research also reports that sea vegetables like the above may protect against radiation exposure and be a possible decontaminator.

Arame has been shown to promote strong nails and a clear, wrinkle-free complexion.  It is said that those who consume arame receive a boost in their libido.

Arame grows in blade-like leaves up to a foot in length.  They are sliced into long, stringy strands, cooked for seven hours, sun dried, and packaged. Arame is generally bought in a dried state and has a mild, sweet flavor with firm texture. It is reconstituted quickly (you soak in water and it’s yield increases), taking about ten minutes. Once it is reconstituted it may be served as dish or as garnish in other dishes.  You will fall in love with it’s sweet flavor!

Here is my method of making a fresh and clean tasting Arame Salad……

Arame Salad with Snap Peas, Goji Berries and Scallions

(Rinse and soak, to cover, one package of arame for 10 – 15 minutes)

1 tablespoon sesame, avocado or olive oil (or another oil w/ a med. high smoke point)

1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 small carrot, julienned

2/3 cup snap peas or snow peas, julienned

1 tablespoon of sake (opt.)

1/4 cup goji berries, soaked for 10 min. and drained

2 – 3 scallions, sliced , plus some for garnish

Dressing Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds, plus some for garnish

1  tablespoons shoyu or tamari soy sauce

3  tablespoons rice vinegar or any mild white vinegar

1 tablespoon “toasted” sesame oil

1 tablespoon grated ginger, squeezed of it’s juice (use both in recipe)

1 teaspoon coconut sugar, agave, honey or a couple pinches stevia

(opt.) hot chili flakes

  • Drain arame well.
  • Prepare dressing.  Set aside.
  • In large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil and cook onion and carrot until beginning to soften.
  • Add arame and saute over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.  Add snap peas and stir for a few more minutes.
  • Add a splash of sake and stir briefly.
  • Add goji berries, scallions, dressing and toss minimally.
  • Top with sesame seeds and extra scallions.

Eat at once or refrigerate and use within 2 -3 days.

Chicken-scratch:  If I had only had some pea shoots….  I would have loved them for a garnish!  I also love my arame with wild mushrooms and garlic or with cucumbers, radish and edamame.  You can serve it as an appetizer as is or on a bed of mache or delicate field greens.  Nice as a main dish lunch with grilled salmon, chicken, tofu or tempeh.  Ok, now I am feeling a little out of control…..  I am going to try my next bowl of arame with a fried-egg on top!  Bye-bye!

Cat Dillon

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