Thursday, April 07, 2011

Healthy Spring Wakame Salad

21-Day Vegan Kickstart / a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site / Alexandra Jamieson:

How about a nice healthy Salad on this approaching Spring Summer Weekend?

Pressed Salad with Wakame

Makes 8 servings

1 ounce dried wakame seaweed
4 cups napa cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, de-seeded, and sliced thinly
1 cup thinly sliced daikon or red radishes
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 cups grated carrot (about 2 medium carrots)
1 medium sweet-tart apple, cored and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon umeboshi vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1. To prepare the wakame, rinse under cold running water for 30 seconds. Place in a bowl and cover with cold water; soak for 10 minutes. Squeeze dry and trim away any spines if the pieces are whole. Slice into thin strips.
2. Combine wakame, vegetables, and apple in a large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl. Sprinkle the salt on top and toss well to evenly distribute the salt.
3. Place an inverted dinner plate smaller than the bowl opening on top of the vegetables in the bowl and press down. Place something heavy (such as a few large cans of beans or tomatoes, or a gallon jug of water) on the plate to weigh down.
4. Leave the bowl at room temperature, away from sunlight or a heat source, for 2 hours. Remove the plate, drain any pooled liquid from the bowl, and squeeze out any excess liquid from the vegetables.
5. Taste the vegetables. If they’re too salty for your taste, rinse them lightly with cool water and pat them dry with clean kitchen towels. Toss with vinegar and serve.

Note: Wakame is a sea vegetable that you can find dried in packages in health food stores or Asian markets. Rich in iron, calcium, and other trace elements, wakame is delicious in marinated salads.

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