I recently took a trip to the new Gelson’s they just opened in my town, and to my very pleasant surprise, they of course took the time to incorporate a little sushi/seafood section, complete with ahi tuna poke, spicy ahi tuna poke and seaweed salad (among other things).
The way I feel about seaweed salad is hard to explain, so I’ll just leave it at this: it’s awesome. The only time seaweed salad is not awesome is when you’re on a first date (it gets all up your teeth, which usually requires actual floss) and when it’s been sitting out too long and develops a funky smell. Usually I steer clear from buying it at grocery stores, but Gelson’s has really stepped their game up with this new location and it looked so delicious.
This post was extremely necessary because for lunch I had a pretty typical leafy green salad with spring mix, shaved zucchini, avocado and hummus, and decided last minute to add some extra seaweed salad (and some ahi tuna poke). While of course it’s delicious by itself, it’s also pretty delicious mixed in with a big raw green salad. In case anyone is unfamiliar with what seaweed salad looks like, it’s the stringy green stuff in between the tuna and the hummus (I know, not the most appetizing description, but the picture speaks for itself).
Anyway, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do some research on why else seaweed salad is awesome (aka nutrition and shiz). And so without further ado, here are all the reasons why you should eat seaweed salad:
- Only about 15 kcal/oz (a typical serving size is 3-4 oz) depending on how it’s made – in case you were wondering, seaweed salad is typically made with sesame seeds, sesame oil, vinegar and garlic.
- It’s high in calcium, magnesium, folate, and iron
- No cholesterol (this one should be obvious) and very little sodium, unless you add a bunch of soy sauce like I usually do at sushi restaurants
- Contains sesame oil, which is high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats!
So yeah, that’s what I found in a quick search for all the benefits of seaweed salad. Nutrition aside though, it really is delicious and I highly suggest you order it the next time you’re out to sushi. You can also purchase it at fancier supermarkets and at fish markets.