Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

Most store-bought seaweed salads are loaded with food coloring, preservatives and MSG, that’s why I like making mine from scratch. Given how easy it is to make, I’m not really sure why anyone would opt to buy it pre-made. Finding the dried seaweed can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s available on Amazon, and the rest of the ingredients should be fairly easy to find at a well stocked supermarket. Head over to PBS Food for my full post and recipe.

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  • Ohana Hartman

    Perfect timing on publishing this recipe. Thanks!

  • Linda

    Superb! Love the crunchiness, richness, and flvors of this salad. Super yum!

  • jadegreen_eyz

    Looks great and, of course, it’s good for you as well.

    • Marc Matsumoto

      Good question! To be honest it’s never lasted long enough to test this out. It does have a fair amount of salt and vinegar in it, so I’d guess it should be ok for up to a week.

  • julien

    are there places in LA/OC area where you can buy fresh seaweed?? what kinds of seaweed can u purchase fresh in these areas?

    • Marc Matsumoto

      If you’re in LA, the best place to go for Japanese ingredients is Mitsuwa ( They might not have the seaweed fresh (it’s hard to find in Japan fresh), but you should definitely be able to find it dried.

  • Stefa folle

    This looks awesome, I always wondered how to make this salad myself because I didn’t like the ingredients of the store bought. I just find that Amazon pack very expensive. Could you please tell me the name of the different seaweed I can use? Would Wakame work at all?

    • Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Stefa, when looking at the prices, keep in mind that the seaweed is dried so it weighs almost nothing until you rehydrate it. Mitsuwa and Marukai both have online stores that sell dried seaweed as well. I’m guessing you’ll have a harder time finding the individual seaweeds as they’re pretty hard to find by themselves in Japan. Here’s a list of seaweeds often included in the mixes:

      wakame, kuki wakame (wakame stems), kombu, Ito-kanten (string agar), akatosakanori, aotosakanori, funori, shirokikurage (white wood ear), suginori

  • Stefa folle

    Thanks for answering Marc San!
    I found this on Vitacost:
    Looks like something that could work, very excited about this, been wanting to make this salad for a long time. Love your blog, this is awesome, you have many recipe I need to try…

  • janak

    lovely delecious recipe

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  • Ryan Bùi

    I love Japanese food, delicate and delicious.

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