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!

wakame seaweed salad served on plate along with the dressing.

Give this seaweed salad a try! This popular salad, which you may have already tasted at your favorite Japanese restaurants, boasts a delicate texture and mild flavor that will surely be a hit.

Enjoy it at home with this easy-to-follow recipe!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love Japanese food.
  • You want to make wakame seaweed salad.
  • You are looking for easy recipe with dried seaweed.

All right, let me show you how to make this healthy salad. If you want to check the recipe immediately, please visit the link below. Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Japanese wakame salad recipe
  • Easy and healthy salad
  • Homemade sesame dressing
  • More ideas for salad dressing

📋 Ingredients

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

Ingredients for wakame seaweed salad.
  • Dried Wakame Seaweed: See below for more details.
  • Vegetables: I picked simple lettuce, but you can add any leafy greens or cucumber.
  • Dressing: 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.

Wakame Seaweed

Dried wakame seaweed.

Wakame seaweed is a type of seaweed that is an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. The dried form of wakame is particularly popular due to its versatility and ease of use in various dishes, including miso soup and salads.

Wakame seaweed has a mild and neutral flavor with a tender and slightly slippery texture and is often used in miso soup and salads.

Wakame seaweed is a healthy food option due to its low-calorie count and high nutritional value. If you are looking for low-calorie recipes, wakame is an excellent choice!

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

🔪Instructions

Let me walk you through how to make it step by step.

  1. Rehydrate wakame seaweed
  2. Drain the wakame
  3. Prepare lettuce
  4. Combine lettuce and wakame
  5. Make sesame dressing
  6. Serve

Step 1

Soaking dried wakame seaweed.

Put dried wakame seaweed in a medium bowl and soak it in cold water to rehydrate. Soaking time will be for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

Rehydrated wakame seaweed.

When wakame seaweed is fully rehydrated, it expands to about 10-12 times its original dry size. Drain the rehydrated wakame seaweed and squeeze out any excess water.

If the pieces of wakame seaweed are too big, cut them into smaller, bite-size pieces.

Step 3

Lettuce in a large bowl.

Wash the lettuce, pat it dry with a paper towel, and tear it into bite-size pieces.

Step 4

Lettuce and wakame in a large bowl.

Place the lettuce and wakame in a large bowl and combine them.

Step 5

Sesame dressing in a small bottle.

Put all the dressing ingredients in a small bottle, put the lid on, and shake to blend.

Serve

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!

Storage

Transfer wakame salad to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. It will be good for 3 to 4 days.

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
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

Sesame Dressing

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.

Notes

  • Dressing: See the dressing variation for more ideas. Just salt and olive oil work well, too, or your favorite store-bought one.
  • I used regular lettuce, but you can pick any green vegetables you like.

Nutrition

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