Seaweed, Ginger & Carrot Salad

Seaweed Salad with carrots, & cucmber

Seaweed Spaghetti sounded rather intriguing to me. I love sushi and felt like this could be a fun take on it. I discovered this recipe on the Ottelenghi website – a favorite chef, their restaurants, and their numerous cookbooks. Here’s what I quickly discovered……………

Upon opening the bag of the Sea-Spaghetti Seaweed it was as though instant nausea set in. The smell of the seaweed exhumed of fish. Don’t get me wrong I love fish, in fact I adore it, but this smell was awful!

The directions called for rinsing the Sea-Spaghetti in cold water then soaking it in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes. I figured that would probably remove the odor. Unfortunately it did not!

I wanted to keep positive. Just because I couldn’t stand the smell didn’t mean it would taste bad. The photo on the Ottelenghi website was gorgeous, enough to have me order the Sea-Spaghetti online to test this recipe.

Seaweed Salad

After following the instructions and boiling the seaweed for 2 minutes along with julienne’d ginger, then adding julienne of carrots, I was sure the odor would be removed.  No it was not!!!

Next it called for adding in the rice wine, sugar and salt, ingredients used when making sushi rice.  This made sense and of course it would help to remove the unpleasant scent.  It did not.  I had already julienne’d the cucumber and once the seaweed spaghetti had cooled I went ahead and added those in.  I gave it a quick toss, then sprinkled with avocado oil, and sesame seeds.  Gave it another quick toss and tasted it.

Seaweed Salad with a julienne of carrots & cucumbers

WOW!  To my surprise, not really, it still did not please my palate at all!  With that I decided I didn’t want to waste a good mango by adding it to the dish or the other ingredients.  I just couldn’t stomach it.

Most things I make I actually love, and for the most part I’m pretty good about looking at a recipe and being able to decipher if it’s going to taste great or not.  This time I was way off base.

Seaweed Spaghetti Salad with Carrots & Cucumbers

If you’re a fan of the smell of crustaceans and molluscs then you might like the Sea-Spaghetti Seaweed.  I however did not.

On a positive not though the nutritional content for this is so high.  It claims on the package: A superfood containing magnesium which contributes to a healthy energy-yielding metabolism as part of a varied and balanced lifestyle.

Nutritional Information:

  • typical values ……….%RI………….per 100g
  • Energy kj………………………………………747
  • Energy kcal…………………………………..178
  • Fat………………………………………………..2.7
  • of which saturates………………………….0.7
  • Carbs…………………………………………..28.5
  • of which sugars…………………………….<0.5
  • Fibre (g)………………………………………30.5
  • Protein (g)…………………………………..10.0
  • Salt (g)……………………………………….. 9.1
  • Vitamin C (mg)………82.5%…………….66
  • Calcium (mg)…………87.5%……………700
  • Magnesium (mg)……424%……………1590
  • Iodine (ug)………………………………..14600

RI = Reference intake

The packaging also states that if you’re allergic to Iodine it’s recommended to seek medical advice before consuming.

I truly thought this would be a breakthrough recipe for me and one I could share in my culinary classes. Unfortunately if I can barely stomach the odor I certainly can’t share it in a class.

Sea Spaghetti Seaweed Bag by Atlantic Kitchen

 

That said, if you’d like to give it a try, go for it.  Just be warned the stench of the Sea-Spaghetti Seaweed is quite strong.  In fact, the odor is still lingering in my home.

In the event you’d like to give this a shot the recipe is below and the company that makes the Sea-Spaghetti Seaweed, Atlantic Kitchen also offers some recipes on their site. Since I did purchase 2 packages I will attempt to use this once more, just in case I got a smelly batch!

Seaweed Salad

Ingredients:

  • 40g dried sea spaghetti
  • 40g ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 3 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 80ml rice-wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 whole cucumber, peeled, deseeded and julienned
  • 1 large mango, peeled and julienned
  • 70g peanuts, toasted and salted
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 20g coriander leaves, chopped
  • 20g mint leaves, shredded
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Rinse the sea spaghetti in cold water, strain, cover generously with cold water and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drain the sea spaghetti and place it in the boiling water with the ginger. Boil for two minutes, add the carrots, boil for two minutes more, then drain and pat dry. Transfer the blanched veg to a large bowl and, while still hot, add the vinegar, sugar and a teaspoon and a quarter of salt. Mix and set aside to cool.
  3. Once cool, stir in the remaining ingredients and serve.
Adapted from: Ottolenghi 

For the time being I think I’ll stick to spaghetti dishes I’m familiar with.  If you’d like to check those out, here are a few!

Tri-Squash Zoodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce & Chicken

tri-squash-zoodles-with-fresh-tomato-sauce-chicken-1

No-Noodle Butternut Squash Lasagna

Butternut Squash Lasagna 1

Salmon Stir-Fry with Zucchini Pasta

Salmon Stir-Fry with Zucchini Pasta

 

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5 comments

  1. Had a huge portion of sea weed yesterday too 🙂 Sorry that you didn’t enjoy it…strange that it has such a strong smell…the seaweed I bought has a pretty neutral smell…actually I don’t even remember how it smells..

    • Well then maybe I should try it again with the other package I have. This had such a strong smell that it permeated through the entire house. I looked and the expiration date isn’t until 2020 so it should be just fine. Oh, I guess I should give it another attempt. After all it is good for you.

  2. Well, it sure is a pretty salad! Too bad the taste (and aroma) was disappointing!

  3. Bummer that the dish didn’t have the flavor you wanted. It was a fun experiment, though. Glad you tried it so I don’t have to! 😀 Good post– thanks.

  4. I love the seaweed salad you get in sushi restaurants, but I think I would love this once better. What a fabulous salad!

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