There many kinds of edible kelp, and among those, the three biggies are wakame, kombu, and arame.
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Cucumber & Wakame Salad
- 1 medium cucumber (or 1/2 English cucumber), sliced into thin rounds
- A handful or 2 long pieces (if whole) rehydrated and softened wakame seaweed, cut into about 1" lengths
- 3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
- A few shakes of Shiso Fumi furikake
Put wakame in a bowl and add enough water to cover the seaweed. Microwave for one or two minutes to heat the wakame and reconstitute it. Let sit for a few minutes and pour off any excess water. Add the other ingredients. Toss well and serve. Also good with a few shakes of irigoma (toasted sesame seeds).
- This is a fat-free salad, but you could always sprinkle on a few drops of toasted sesame oil, if you like
- This salad can also be made without furikake, but it's incredibly delicious with it.