What kind of seaweed is used in seaweed salad served in restaurants?

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There are various kinds of seaweed salad available.  The most common, bright green variety is primarily made with wakame, but versions made with dulse (which are usually red) also exist.

It’s very important to note that these wakame & dulse salads aren’t produced in restaurants from dried seaweed – the seaweed strands are sold as a prepared product (usually fresh (salted) or frozen).  Rehydrating dried wakame or dulse will give you a different taste and texture which, while delicious, won’t be what you’re looking for.

The wakame version is sometimes sold as “goma wakame” – which isn’t referring to a special kind of wakame, but is instead the name of the dish (and likely a reference to included ingredients).  “Goma” means “sesame” in Japanese.

– Question Submitted by George K.

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2 Responses to “What kind of seaweed is used in seaweed salad served in restaurants?”

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    christo says:

    there is also Hijiki

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Christo,

    You’re absolutely right! I didn’t think to list it…maybe because the classic hijiki dish I usually think of is so different…but it certainly could be considered a salad. Thanks for the addition!