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Seaweed salad

March 4, 2013

wakame 2I had given up eating seaweed briefly when I first discovered the histamine intolerance. Many seaweeds increase histamine but apparently some do lower it as well. I did not know which was which. I was eating many varieties of seaweed because it’s highly nutritious. My two favorite were nori and wakame.

I checked in with The Low Histamine Chef, and she let me know that wakame had anti-histamine properties. When we add food back in we still need to be careful and I was happy to find out that wakame agrees with me. I used to eat it in fish soups all the time. Now I’ve started playing with it in more ways since I’m not eating fish.

Wakame can grow over 30 times it’s dehydrated size so it’s also very economical along with just plain delicious.

I’ve made various salad/mixed veggie dishes and they’ve turned out very well.

I’ll share the recipe of one of them. Feel free to get creative and do variations as that I what I’ve been doing.

These are amounts for 2 people eating a meal sized salad, so just add more if you’re cooking for more.

  • 1/2 cup wakame seaweed
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalk chopped
  • 2 inch piece of ginger grated with microplane grater
  • sesame oil to taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds 
Seaweed salad with sunflower seeds

Seaweed salad with sunflower seeds

So I sliced the onion in half circles and chopped the celery and sauteed the two veggies. I used MCT oil, but you can use a mild flavored cooking oil/fat of your choice. Ghee would be good and I’d have used that if I was tolerating it. Since I top the dish off with sesame oil something nice and mild flavored is best so that you can taste the sesame oil later. Saute the veggies just until they’re softened. Do not brown. Put them aside.

Put the 1/2 cup of wakame in a couple of cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the wakami sit until completely rehydrated. The brand I use is cut up in bits and makes for very easy cooking. If you have something that’s not cut up in bits you will have to do that yourself.

Once the wakame is fully hydrated toss the seaweed into a colander to get rid of extra water. Run a bit of cool water over the seaweed.

Combine the seaweed and the now cooled sauteed veggies. Top with the sunflower seeds and toss  with a bit of sesame oil.

Ready to eat.

As a variation I sliced red cabbage in thin strips instead of using celery. That was quite nice as well.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2013 4:33 pm

    I had seaweed for the first time a few months ago. I liked it, but doubt I’d eat a whole bowl of it like I would any other salad :p so maybe I’ll try this, looks good :)

  2. Kayla permalink
    December 29, 2015 7:54 pm

    Did you find out if nori was histamine producing as well??

    • December 29, 2015 8:02 pm

      I eat nori with no problems whatsoever. I’ve stopped paying attention to what others say about any given food and let my body decide. I recommend the same for others. We all react to foods differently.

  3. Josie Nixon permalink
    June 27, 2018 11:48 am

    What about dulse? I just found out about my histamine intolerance, and I have a huge bag of dulse I’d really like to eat :(

    • June 27, 2018 12:22 pm

      give it a try and find out…we’re all different…I can eat all seaweeds in moderation…(or wait until you’ve done whatever elimination diet you’re going to do to figure out what you can comfortably eat etc) being histamine intolerant doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t eat certain things ever again…but first we need to eliminate and find out what and when we tolerate stuff…it’s a process of paying attention and learning to listen to your body. Good luck!

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