Photo by: Jonathan Lovekin

Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad

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40g dried sea spaghetti
40g ginger, peeled and julienned 
3 carrots, peeled and julienned 
80ml rice-wine vinegar 
1 tbsp caster sugar 
1 whole cucumber, peeled, deseeded and julienned 
1 large mango, peeled and julienned 
70g peanuts, toasted and salted 
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 
2 tsp lime juice 
1 tbsp groundnut oil 
20g coriander leaves, chopped 
20g mint leaves, shredded 

Sea spaghetti looks like dark fettuccine and has a similar texture – you can get it in healthfood stores or online. If you can't find any, use another seaweed such as wakame, but use less of it. Serves six.


Rinse the sea spaghetti in cold water, strain, cover generously with cold water and set aside for 30 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drain the sea spaghetti and place it in the boiling water with the ginger. Boil for two minutes, add the carrots, boil for two minutes more, then drain and pat dry. Transfer the blanched veg to a large bowl and, while still hot, add the vinegar, sugar and a teaspoon and a quarter of salt. Mix and set aside to cool.

Once cool, stir in the remaining ingredients and serve.

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  2. Wakame

    a tender green wakame seaweed for everyday cooking


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  • Recipes A very tasty salad
    (21/02/2016) Summer here in New Zealand, and I discovered this salad in "Plenty More" . I wasn't able to source the seaweed spaghetti and decided not to replace with something else. It keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days
  • Recipes Best summer
    (20/02/2016) Summer here in New Zealand, this recipe is just the best. The flavours tickle the taste buds. I have been making this at least once a week, and it keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.