Iodine-Rich Seaweed SaladReading Time: 2 minutes
- 1.75 oz dried wakame
- 2 Tablespoons liquid aminos or coconut aminos
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey (or preferred sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- Minced garlic
- Chopped red onion
- Place the seaweed in a medium-sized bowl and cover with filtered water. Let soak for about 10 minutes (or until the seaweed is rehydrated).
- In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the aminos, almond butter, sesame oil, lime, vinegar, honey, ginger, and cayenne pepper.
- When seaweed is rehydrated, strain in a colander and rinse thoroughly. Squeeze out any extra liquid from seaweed. Chop up into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.
- Place drained seaweed into a serving bowl and add dressing. Toss together. Cover and let sit (or refrigerate) for about 30 minutes (or until seaweed soaks up dressing). When ready to serve, top with sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Serves 4. Per Serving (based on using liquid amino acids & honey):
Calories: 129 | Total Fat: 7 g | Total Carbohydrate: 11 g | Dietary Fiber: 16 g | Protein: 5 g
One TBSP of almond butter contains 9g fat, 1.5g fiber, 3.4g protein, and 3g carbs. Don’t have almond butter on hand but have almonds? Make your own almond butter in a food processor or high-speed blender. You need around 2 ⅛ TBSP of almonds to make 1 TBSP of almond butter.
Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta carotene and antioxidants that support the immune system. The key compound in cayenne called capsaicin is also cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, helps prevent kidney stones and speed up metabolism and has beneficial effects on the GI system.
Ginger is a potent aromatic herb and a good natural source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. According to the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, ginger strengthens the immune system by helping to break down toxins in the body’s organs, thereby cleansing the lymphatic system.
Raw honey is a good source of many vitamins and is rich in antioxidants. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve overall immune function.
Limes are best known as a good source of vitamin C but also contain other important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, folate, and vitamins A, E, and K.
Liquid aminos are made from soybeans, while coconut aminos are made from coconut. They are most often used as healthier alternatives to soy or tamari sauce as they are MSG-free as well as gluten-free.
Rice vinegar also known as rice wine vinegar, is a type of vinegar made from fermented rice. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.
Sesame seeds help prevent diabetes, detoxify the body, and lower blood pressure. They are an excellent source of plant lignans, which are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and hormone-associated cancers.
Wakame is an edible seaweed commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It contains a special marine carotenoid called fucoxanthin which has many nutritional and therapeutic properties, including being anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer.