Seaweed (Wakame) Salad

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From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Cool Foods for A Hot Summer‘.

Seaweeds are energetically among the coldest foods in the world. In TCM, seaweed is recommended for cleansing heat from the liver, stomach, and kidneys. Seaweed has the power to disperse phlegm accumulation and resolve soft masses including thyroid goiter, the swelling that indicates severe iodine deficiency.
(Makes 4 servings.)


  • 3/4 ounce (22 grams) dried wakame seaweed
  • 3 Tbsp coconut or brown rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos or wheat-free tamari
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh finely grated ginger
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1) Soak seaweed in warm water to cover, 5 minutes. Drain, rinse, then squeeze out excess water. If wakame is uncut, cut into ½-inch-wide strips.

2) Stir together until the dressing ingredients are well mixed. Add the seaweed, green onion, carrots, and cilantro, tossing to combine well. Sprinkle salad with sesame seeds.

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