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Chinese Seaweed Salad (凉拌海带丝)

Tender meaty seaweed served in a savory, sour, and garlicky sauce. This seaweed salad is very easy to make and is a perfect cold appetizer to add nutrition to your meal in the summer. {Vegan}
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: cold dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu


  • 4 oz. 120 fresh seaweed strips or 1 oz. dried kombu (kelp)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 dried Chinese chili peppers torn into 2 to 3 pieces
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped cilantro for garnish



  • If you’re using dried kombu, place the kombu in a large bowl and add warm water to cover. Let rehydrate until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Slice into strips (refer to the blog post above to see how to slice the rehydrated kombu).
  • If you’re using fresh seaweed, rinse with tap water and drain.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the seaweed. Let cook for 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain and rinse the seaweed under tap water to cool. Drain thoroughly and transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to mix well. Pour sauce into the bowl with the cooked seaweed. Make sure not to stir it, so all the garlic and ginger will be on top of the seaweed.
  • Heat the oil in a small skillet (or saucepaover medium heat until hot. Add the dried chili peppers. Stir a few times until the chili peppers turn dark red. Immediately pour the oil into the bowl with the seaweed, doing your best to pour it directly onto the ginger and garlic. Toss with a pair of tongs to mix well.
  • Garnish with the cilantro and toss again.
  • Serve at room temperature or cold as an appetizer or side dish.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.1g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1.3g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.1mg