'Mixed Vegetable Salad With Seaweed' Recipe
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry
Mixed Vegetable Salad photo by betsssssy

This salad can be kept at room temperature for a while without a problem. I often make it if I have to eat outside the house and know I won't have access to healthy food if I don't bring my own. Amazingly, it contains about 25% of our calcium requirement, and is also exceptionally high in iron (50% of the RDA), phosphorus (20%) and potassium (30%).

Ingredients (serves 1-2)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped kale

  • 3 large lettuce leaves, shredded

  • half a ripe avocado, cubed

  • 1 small tomato, diced

  • 3 small portobello or other mushrooms, sliced

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dulse seaweed

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped kelp seaweed

  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds

Directions

Toss everything together, and keep at room temperature for about an hour to let the seaweeds soften a little. You can mix in the dressing right away (before waiting), or just before eating. Mixing it later will ensure the lettuce stays crisp. You can add in anything else you like, such as carrot sticks, cubed cucumber, etc for added nutrients and variety.

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Joanna Steven, contributor of this recipe, is co-author with Tonya Kay of raw vegan nutritional analysis eBooks available at Kayos Market. She contributes to the Raw Divas and Raw Mom websites, has been published in Get Fresh! and writes her own blog.

Comments (2)add
Written by theodore burns , October 18, 2009
Hi Kathryn, I don't doubt that someone at Whole Foods told you they don't sell kelp seaweed (in other than pill form), but they MUST. Every health food store and coop I've frequented over the past 20 years in New York, Ohio, California and South Carolina has stocked it. If not, Amazon has online. Here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/ygwx4kf . It comes in dry form, so maybe they thought you were looking for fresh, which is really hard to get unless you live by the sea.

As for your hunger after eating kelp, it may be because sea vegetables contain iodine (which many folks don't get enough of, hence they iodize processed salt) and other trace minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, chromium and zinc. It also contains a lot of iron and vitamin B-6. You may be lacking one or more of these.

How to use dry kelp: The directions are on the package. You simply add boiling water and let it soak or add to soup or beans as they cook. Adding it to beans neutralizes the element that causes gas in some folks--an added bonus. My favorite brands are "Eden" and "Maine Coast."

And while we are talking sea vegetables from "Eden" and "Maine Coast," I also highly recommend wakame flakes (which are delicious in Miso soup) and especially dulse flakes (these are so tender, they don't need to be soaked before eaten), which can be sprinkled on soups, salads, brown rice, pasta, anything. Absolutely delicious.
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Written by KathrynJeanette Cormier , October 18, 2009
Where do you pruchase kelp seaweed as a vegetable? I asked Whole Foods, none of their stores sell it, and they did know where it was availble as a vegetable. (only avail as vitamins). I did eat a seaweed salad from Central Market in Houston. I liked, was going to get several to bring home, but gave me the munchies. Can anyone answer how I would go about getting kelp or seaweed in raw vegetable form. And can anyone tell me why would that seaweed salad make me so hungry? Since is this a fabulous nutrition food, I think when I ate the seaweed salad, the increased hunger revealed I am lacking some other nutrient.

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