Easy Wakame Salad (Japanese Seaweed Salad)

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Enjoy a quick, easy, and delicious Wakame Salad! It’s a simple and healthy dish that is perfect as a light meal or a side dish!

Looking for simple salads? Try my Tofu Salad with Seaweed, Sunomono Salad, and Daikon Salad!

wakame seaweed salad served on plate along with the dressing.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • This wakame salad is an easy and healthy salad!
  • This popular salad boasts a delicate texture and mild flavor that will surely be a hit.
  • Try this simple homemade sesame dressing and also explore other creative salad dressing ideas!

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for wakame seaweed salad.
  • Wakame, a type of seaweed, is used in many dishes like miso soup and salads in Japanese cooking. It has a mild flavor and tender, slightly slippery texture. With its low-calorie count and high nutritional value, wakame is a healthy option for those seeking low-calorie recipes.
  • I picked simple lettuce, but you can add any leafy greens or cucumber.
  • We will make a simple sesame dressing with soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and white sesame seeds. You can substitute fresh lemon juice or yuzu juice for the rice vinegar or use maple syrup instead of sugar if you like a natural sweetener. See below for more salad dressing variations.

How To Make Wakame Seaweed Salad: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For the video and all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

How to make wakame seaweed salad.

Step 1

Soak dried wakame seaweed to rehydrate.

How to make wakame seaweed salad.

Step 2

Drain the wakame seaweed.

How to make wakame seaweed salad.

Step 3

Combine lettuce and wakame seaweed.

How to make wakame seaweed salad.

Step 4

Put sesame dressing ingredients in a bottle and mix well.

wakame seaweed salad served on plate along with the dressing.

Place the mix of lettuce and wakame on a plate and pour the dressing over. And enjoy the delicious flavors of this fresh Japanese seaweed salad!

Recipe Tips

  • Ensure the lettuce and wakame are thoroughly drained before use.
  • Add the dressing to the salad just before serving.

Salad Dressing Variations

Are you looking to add some variety to your wakame seaweed salad? Try out these dressing variations! They’re easy to make and add unique flavors to your salad.

  • Ginger Sesame Dressing: Add freshly grated ginger juice to the sesame dressing recipe for a zesty kick.
  • Spicy Sesame Dressing: Add chili flakes to the sesame dressing recipe for some heat.
  • Miso Sesame Dressing: Mix in white miso paste to the sesame dressing recipe for a savory and umami-rich flavor.
  • Creamy sesame dressing: Add mayonnaise to the sesame dressing recipe for a creamy and rich texture.

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wakame seaweed salad served on a plate with dressing.

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Easy Wakame Salad (Japanese Seaweed Salad)

5 from 3 votes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Enjoy a quick, easy, and delicious Wakame Seaweed Salad! It's a simple and healthy dish that is perfect as a light meal or a side dish!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Dried wakame seaweed, 10g
  • Lettuce, as much as you like

Sesame Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Toasted white sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Soak seaweed: Soak dried wakame for 5 minutes and drain.
  • Prepare lettuce: Wash the lettuce, pat it dry with a paper towel, and tear it into bite-size pieces.
  • Combine: Place the lettuce and wakame in a large bowl and combine them.
  • Dressing: Put all the dressing ingredients in a small bottle, put the lid on, and shake to blend.
  • Serve: Place the mix of lettuce and wakame on a plate and pour the dressing over.

Video

Notes

  • Storage: Transfer wakame salad to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. It will be good for 3 to 4 days. Refrigerate any leftover dressing with the lid tightly closed.
  • I used regular lettuce, but you can pick any green vegetables you like.
  • Ensure the lettuce and wakame are thoroughly drained before use.
  • Add the dressing to the salad just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 53kcal
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: seaweed salad, wakame salad
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