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Kelp Salad A Natural Weight Loss Food

I do like seaweed and I’m not talking about that crispy impostor that you will get at a Chinese restaurant which is actually made from spring greens.  I’m talking about the real stuff found on seashores with a briny flavour and crunchy texture such as Kelp.  Kelp is actually very good for you and can be found around the coast of Ireland, Japan and the USA.  It is regarded as a superfood due to its nutritional content.  Kelp contains a mix of vitamins and minerals although it should not be eaten in excess.  The fibre in kelp is though to be able to support weight loss by reducing fat digestion and absorption.  The iodine in kelp has been shown to remove free radicals from the blood which would otherwise cause ageing, therefore it is believed to have anti ageing properties.

I love trying different seaweed salads in sushi restaurants and decided that I would attempt to make my own.  Off I headed to my local Chinese cash and carry to get my hands on some seaweed and manged to find some that had been pre cut and dried and just needed hydrating.  It said on the pack to soak it in water for 20 minutes but I ignored this and left in for a few hours rinsing it every so often to remove any sand and dirt that might have attached itself.


1 50g pack of dried shredded kelp

35ml rice wine

3/4tsp caster sugar

3/4tsp salt

15ml soy sauce

1tsp sesame oil

1tsp chilli flakes


Soak the kelp in water for a few hours.  Rinse every so often.  I rinsed mine about 8 times to remove any traces of sand and grit.

The kelp is already shredded which is handy as it saved me the trouble of cutting it finely.

Combine the rice wine, sugar, salt, soy sauce, sesame oil and chilli flakes together and stir so the salt and sugar dissolve.

Strain the kelp and squeeze out excess water then pour the dressing over and mix well.

Place in the fridge for about half an hour to an hour to chill the salad.

Give the salad another good mix and then serve.


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This Post Has 88 Comments

  1. The dish doesn’t look too appealing but the health benefits are interesting.

    1. It has quite a few health benefits which helps.

  2. I have never tried Kelp, not sure i fancy it to be honnest

    1. It doesn’t look fantastic but neither does a bar of chocolate it’s only the fact you know what it tastes like that you eat it. I’d would try it and see x

  3. I have known kelp to be classed as a superfood due to it’s high content of minerals and vitamins, but I have yet to try it. I think this recipe would be a great way to first try it out. I am always looking for ways to incorporate more healthy and whole foods into my diet x

    1. It is really different but surprisingly better than I expected.

  4. I’ve not tried Kelp before its not something that woukd be to my ususl taste.

    1. It is a bit different but worth trying.

  5. I had to come over as the picture made
    Me curious as to what it was and I have to say I’m intrigued but a little stranger by the look of that kelp , I have no idea what it would taste like but it’s makes my me want to give it a try x

    1. Honestly it tastes better than it looks 😉

  6. I’m not sure I would like this, it does look interesting though x

    1. It’s worth trying Hannah. You might like it x

  7. I’ve never tried kelp- I’m scared it’ll taste too fishy!

    1. With the dressing it really tastes good.

  8. I normally do leafy vegetables and fruit salads. Glad I came to this post. Another recipe to try.

    1. Enjoy Anosa I am sure you will like it.

  9. I like the crispy seaweed! I have never tried kelp before. My husband makes healthy ‘seaweed’ using kale in the air-fryer, it’s really delicious! This recipe looks good though, love anything with chilli so I may give it a go – thx!

    1. That sounds good, I have tried making kale in the oven and that is quite nice. Enjoy the salad.

  10. I’ve not tried Kelp before but that dish look amazing – I might have to give it a go x

    1. It is really tasty and I find it very easy to eat and the texture is nice too.

  11. I have some seaweed pasta which I am unsure how to use so this has certainly given me some inspiration x

    1. I am glad to have helped 😉

  12. I can’t say I’ve ever tried seaweed like that- usually the crispy chicanes variety. But it looks delicious!

    1. This is real seaweed rather than spring greens and much healthier.

  13. I have to confess I have never tried kelp/seaweed before but I can imagine it tasting really delicious so I will try your recipe out!

    1. Enjoy Ana, it’s different but tasty.

  14. Wow, great recipe inspiration! Thank you for sharing x

    1. Gad you liked it Jemma.

  15. I have never knowingly tried kelp but this is really interesting x

    1. It is worth trying. Only then will you know if you like it 😉

  16. I’ve never thought of using it in a salad, interesting. Must try it for a change.

    1. It’s really tasty I am going to try another recipe with Kelp when I get a chance.

  17. I’ve never tried kelp before but it looks healthy! 🙂

    1. It’s healthy and tasty 😉

  18. Wow .. I haven’t heard of salad made from seaweed! Thank-you for introducing it to your readers .. I’m going to seek some out to try!

    1. Enjoy Ali it is a nice salad as a side dish.

  19. When I look at this it doesn’t tangle my tastebuds but I think it’s because it’s a picture. I think if it was in front of me and I could smell it I would try this. I imagine the benefits are so good. In Norfolk there is samphire and I love this 😊

    1. It’s one of those this you need to try as it doesn’t look amazing but it tastes nice 😉

  20. I have never tried kelp before but this looks delicious! will have to make this one day

    1. It is a yummy little salad 😉

  21. This looks to me like once of those recipes that doesn’t look appealing, but would taste awesome!
    Kayleigh x

    1. That is exactly what it is, enjoy.

  22. This salad looks good and sounds healthy. I will have to give this a try soon!

    1. It’s nice and easy to make which helps. Enjoy!

  23. Honestly, it doesn’t appeal to me, I’ve never heard of Kelp either xo

    1. It’s one of those things you need to try to know if you like.

  24. Oh I’ve never et tried it before but like seaweed etc and it looks similar.

    1. It is yummy and good for you. It’s a shame some people won’t try it due to its appearance.

  25. to be honest, i have never tried kelp! But I am intrigued! How does it taste like?

    1. I’d say grab some and give it a go, it isn’t expensive x

  26. This may not look appealing but neither does advacado really and i love that 🙂 i love superfood and adding them to my diet so i would definitely try this, we have a Chinese supermarket we go to so i will look out for it.

    1. Enjoy Marie. That’s true, avocado doesn’t look appealing but is yummy.

  27. It doesn’t look like something I would eat, even as a weight loss option.

    1. It doesn’t look very appetising but tastes good.

  28. Doesn’t look the most appetising but great flavours, would definitely give this a try.

    1. The flavour really is good and it’s worth trying.

  29. This is the first time that I heard about this recipe and it really sound sgreat!

    1. It is a nice recipe and goes well with the dressing.

  30. Im always interested in trying new superfoods, this would be one to try for sure

    1. It is yummy, enjoy.

  31. I love all salad..I thought all salad was a weight loss food!?

    1. Kelp has specific properties for weight loss and don’t forget some dressings can be calorific.

  32. This looks interesting! I haven’t had kelp in a long time. This recipe has been pinned!

    1. Enjoy Shannon, it is nice and tasty.

  33. Will be giving this a try,looks yummy

    1. Thanks John, enjoy the salad.

  34. Don’t know if I could stomach this but everyone to their own enjoyed reading blog entry though thank you

    1. Why not try it at a restaurant, you might be surprised.

  35. I’ve heard great things about kelp and seaweed dishes but aren’t they very salty?

    1. This one isn’t don’t forget it’s been soaked and rinsed.

  36. My family all enjoy salads which is a real bonus for keeping healthy

    1. Salads should make up part of our diet and we all love ones that are tasty.

  37. I’m not a fan of seaweed but I bet it’s great for people who like it 🙂 xo

    1. It does taste pretty good. It took me a while to get the courage to try it but now i do love seaweed.

  38. I love seaweed in some dishes but I dont think I have ever tried Kelp x

    1. It is pretty yummy. I do quite like the mixed seaweed dishes too when they are well dressed.

  39. This looks interesting – I have friends that forage for seaweed and then cool the most amazing meals with it. Never tried ito make a dish with it myself, will have to change that

    1. Wow that’s great, maybe you can get some fresh seaweed from them.

  40. I can’t say it looks to appealing to me but I know I should eat healthier

  41. I’ve got a friend who does dehydrated kale with a chilli and garlic glaze in the oven but I have to admit I’m not really a fan.

    1. That sounds interesting. It’s a shame you don’t like it but kale has a different taste and texture to kelp. Why not try that too.

  42. I must admit this doesn’t really look like something I would like but I definitely am one for eating things that are really healthy even if I dont like them so I should try it

    1. It is good to try new things. I know it doesn’t look appealing but it’s all in the taste x

  43. I dont think I could eat this at all. It just does not look nice, in fact reminded me of worms.

    1. Lol, it doesn’t look very appetising but it’s one to be tried.

  44. I’ve never tried Kelp but totally understand the health benefits. I’ll make a point of trying some soon.

  45. I’ve never tried seaweed and I’m not sure I’m keen to do so!

  46. I don’t think I’d be able to eat this, as much as the sound of loosing weight is very appealing, I’m a wimp when it comes to trying new foods xx

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