05 April 2011

recipe: beet salad with lemon, dill, walnuts, and arame

This simple recipe is a great opportunity to incorporate seaweed into your diet. Arame, a milder version of hijiki, is one of the least strong of the seaweeds and very easy to use making it a great option for seaweed novices! What's so great about seaweed? It's a great source of naturally occurring iron, calcium, iodine, and trace minerals and micro-nutrients and arame is also sometimes used to help combat high blood pressure.

Beet Salad with Lemon, Dill, Walnuts, and Arame
Serves 2-4

2 cups roasted beets, cut into small cubes (about 1/2")
1/2 lemon zested
juice of 1/2 lemon (1-2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (walnut oil would be lovely here as well)
2 tablespoons rehydrated arame*
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (parsley or cilantro would be nice substitutes)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted

Mix it all together, season with salt and pepper to taste. Delicious.

*Rehydrating arame: Take one big pinch of dried arame, soaked in small amount of cold water for 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze excess moisture from arame, and it's now ready to use.

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