Sesame Wakame Salad - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
I grew up minutes away from the blue-green waters of the Long Island Sound. The views here may not be as picturesque as those of the West Coast, and the water may not have the luminous hues of New York’s Green Lake, but these days I can regularly be found passing long hours at the Sound’s edge, buried in a book. As a tender youth, though, I utterly lacked appreciation for all the character the West Haven beach was building in me, and was instead totally freaked out by those slimy green waters, dense with seaweed and rife with warm spots that I was convinced signified the recent presence of some wayward, incontinent toddler. It is truly a wonder then, that despite all of those years spent terrified of those murky depths, determinedly dodging tangled nests of Ascophyllum and traumatized by the warm, slimy fronds of dead man’s fingers, adult me would willingly — nay, enthusiastically! — put that slimy green stuff in my mouth.* Still, seaweed is a vegetable, and as such, it was only a matter of time before I learned to love it. If you’re new to eating seaweed, you might recognize wakame from miso soup. Preparing …
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