The other day I was looking for something to accompany my lunch, but the cold weather (and cold house for that matter), and my early wake up time, were making me feel less than inspired. I wanted something super quick, tasty, and full of healthy veggies...but with as little prep as possible. Luckily, I have this grater ( it looks like this) which is simple and effective to use, and creates such a impressive result. After a bit of grating, and minimal chopping, I came out with the lovely, west-coast salad. Best of all the dressing can be made in the food processor, so no emulsifying or chopping there.
I used two different types of seaweed in this salad: arame and dulse. Arame is seaweed high in calcium, iron, iodine, and magnesium. It is sold dried and must be reconstituted before eating. It soaks up a lot of water becoming roughly three times its original size, so always soak less than you think you'll need.
I also used dulse in this salad. Dulse is a seaweed commonly used in Atlantic Canada, Ireland, and Iceland. It can be eaten dried, and if used as a seasoning it adds a great flavour to dishes.
Recipe: (serves 2)
A Couple handfuls baby greens, spinach, or lettuce of choice
2 Grated or shredded carrots (approximately 2 cups)
2 Tbsp. Cilantro Leaves
1 Tbsp. Dried Arame (soaked in water for 10 minutes, then drained)
2 tsp. Dulse (chopped)
2 tsp. Sesame seeds
2 Green onions (juilened, save the white parts for the dressing)
Arrange the salad greens on two plates and top with grated carrot. Scatter the cilantro leaves, dulse, arame, sesame seeds, and green onions on top of the gated carrot and serve with the dressing on the side.
2 Tbsp. Miso
1 Tbsp. Grated ginger
¼ Cup Olive oil
2 Cloves garlic (peeled but whole)
2 Green onions (white parts only)
2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
1tsp. Liquid sweetener of choice (honey/agave)
1-2 Tbsp. water
Put everything but the water in a blender and puree until smooth. Slowly add the water until the dressing reaches the desired consistency. This dressing packs a bit of a punch, so avoid adding to much to your salad.