For our seaweed salad, we toss rehydrated wakame seaweed with thinly sliced kale, scallions, celery, cucumbers and a creamy dressing. Slideshow: More Seaweed Recipes 


Credit: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In spice grinder, pulse 1/4 cup of the toasted sesame seeds to a fine powder. Transfer the ground sesame seeds to a medium bowl. Add the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, soy sauce, mirin and lemon juice to the bowl, and whisk until smooth.  Season the toasted sesame dressing with salt.

  • In a large bowl, cover the wakame with 1 inch of cold water. Let stand at room temperature until the wakame is hydrated and tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and, using your hands, squeeze out the excess moisture. Transfer the wakame to a serving bowl and add the kale, cucumber, scallions and celery. Toss with half of the toasted sesame dressing until well coated. Sprinkle the salad with the remaining 1 tablespoon of the toasted sesame seeds. Pass the extra toasted sesame dressing at the table.

Make Ahead

The toasted sesame dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for about 4 days. Let come to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.


Look for Kewpie mayonnaise (which is made with rice vinegar and is very popular in Japan) at Asian markets.