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05-07-2008, 08:32 AM
I am starting my fourth day raw and I feel great! I am going out today to pick up some lunch and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the Japanese Seaweed Salad that is available prepared at Japanese Restaurants/Vendors is raw or not? If it is not raw, what does it contain that is cooked?
Thanks! Have a great day!
05-07-2008, 11:29 AM
I am pretty sure it is cooked. The best thing may be to ask the waiter though.
05-07-2008, 11:35 AM
I'm pretty sure that it probably contains ingredients like high fructose corn syrup as well. My mom works with a sushi chef and I had the opportunity to see the list of ingredients in his Japanese Seaweed Salad...YIKES!
05-07-2008, 11:47 AM
Thanks for your answers. I just bought some and ate it - I didn't ask what is in it but judging from your responses that's it for me! I was really craving seaweed - I think that I have to start eating more greens - I have been enjoying a lot of fruit for the past few days.
05-07-2008, 12:33 PM
Well, actually - my family has made sea weed salad all my life and it's raw (for the most part) If the chef is using rice wine vinegar - then most likely they will be adding some kind of sweetner - fructose - but more likely - cane sugar. however -- it does depend on what recipe or taste they are going for.
I make a cucumber sea weed salad - fashioned after one my grandmother always made - and it has no sugar in it at all... and it is quite yummy'licious!!
If you like sea weed salad... as coconutcutie said... just ask the chef... AND ... they may be willing to make some up for you - tweaked just slightly without any sweetner in it -- its very easy really!!
RAWk on!! http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s43/FireStar_830/starving.gif
05-07-2008, 12:45 PM
It's funny you mentioned that, I have been c*r*a*v*i*n*g seaweed salad lately. Right before I decided to go raw, I had ordered a whole bunch of different kinds of dehydrated sea vegetables... even if they're not qualified as raw I'm going to have to eat them because I LOVE sea veggies!!
If anyone has a great recipe for raw seaweed salad, I'd love to get it!!
05-07-2008, 07:17 PM
here you go!!
sorry... I don't have a pic!!
My apologies.. I cannot remember where I got this recipe from.. but it's quick, easy and oh so delicious!!!
Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes
·3 TBS rice vinegar
·2 TBS soy sauce (nama shoyu or tamari)
·extra virgin olive oil to taste -- tiny TINY bit if at all
Salt and white pepper to taste (I just use black pepper cuz thats all I had!)
- Rinse and soak hiji in warm water while preparing the rest of the ingredients
- Peel cucumber and cut in half lengthwise - scoop out the seeds then slice the cucumber into kinda thin slices
- Cut tomato in half - scoop out the seeds and some of the excess pulp - cut tomato into slice about 1/4" wide
- Wisk the rest of the ingredients together -
- squeeze the water out of the hijiki (and chop if the pieces are too large)
- Toss everything together and serve immediately....
** This salad is best salted right before serving because the salt will draw the water out of the cucumber and dilute the flavor. I found it really didn't need much salt at all because of the nama shoyu and vinegar. And if you don't want to use salt - you can always use a little bit of lemon juice too.
I did have left over though and it was fabulous the next day too!!!
I've even gotten a little crazy with this recipe ... and rolled it up in a lettuce leaf with some avocado and sliced mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, tiny slivers of red or orange sweet bell peppers ... no matter how I served it up... IT'S FABULOUS!!
(oh - and if you like spicy -- when I make this for dh - I will add sliced jalapeno or serrano chili ... or red pepper flakes - whatever I have on hand)
the other recipes I have call for fresh harvested sea weed (which we are able to do here in Hawaii) and those mostly you just use the same basic seasonings (no cucumber, no cilantro and no nama shoyu) - maybe a little less ginger, I will also add scallions - and I also love to mix the various sea weeds together for a taste treat! That combo is always fabulous with a little rice wine vinegar and just a couple drops of agave.
05-07-2008, 07:56 PM
StarFire! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh that looks absolutely YUM!!!!
Wait though, 1 TBS doesn't sound like a lot of seaweed. Does it expand a huge amount? or is the idea that it's more of a cucumber salad with a hint of seaweed? In any case, I am eager to make it... thank you again!!
05-07-2008, 11:02 PM
Yes!! It does swell up quite a bit... :D
but ...I'll tell ya - I looove seaweed - so I actually did add more than the recipe had called for.... :D
Remember... always tweak your recipes to fit your tastes!!! (which I'm sure you do anywayz!!
05-07-2008, 11:33 PM
:D :p :cool: Sounds good to me! Thanks again!!
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