For those of you wondering what foods other than fruits and vegetables are included in the raw food diet, you might be surprised to know there are over 20 raw food groups! While the main staple of most people’s raw food diet consists of alkalising chlorophyll-rich foods such as kale, lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens, seaweed is also something that is often eaten.
If you are a keen sushi-eater, you’ll have probably eaten your fair-share of nori. However this is not the only seaweed available to eat; other common sea vegetables include dulse, wakame, kelp, kombu and arame.
Seaweeds in general contain many important minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene as well as many vitamins.
Because I like to mix it up every now and then, I created a salad that is easy and tasty for those of you that would like to include more sea vegetables in your diet and don’t know where to start. This one’s for you!
Arame is a marine brown algae rich in calcium, iron, zinc, manganese, folate, iodine and vitamins A & K. Arame is also reported to strengthen the body’s immune system, promote healthy skin, nails and hair as well as helping with hair loss. (This could be a great addition to a post-chemo diet to help hair growth.) Arame also contains lignans which have been proven to fight against cancer.
Arame normally comes dried so you can eat it as it is as a crunchy snack but if using in a salad, you’ll want to soak them for 10 minutes in filtered water so that they soften and become noodle-like.
Sesame Arame Salad
- 1/2 cup spinach
- small handul arame
- 4 baby tomatoes
- tbl sesame seeds
- 1 tbl tahini
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp white miso or 1 tbl tamari
- 2 tbl water, as needed
Soak the arame in a bowl of filtered water ensuring it is all covered. Leave for 10 minutes. Meanwhile combine the spinach and baby tomatoes in a bowl. Mix the sesame sauce ingredients in a mini food processor and taste-test. If the mixture needs more water or spice, feel free to add them. Once the arame is soft, drain it and place in the bowl with the remaining ingredients. Add the dressing and mix in by hand or with a fork to ensure all ingredients are covered with the sauce. Serve and blisfully enjoy.