Have you ever tried kelp noodles?
I tried it a few years ago and never developed a love for it. And then for whatever reason, I decided to give it another try the other day and now I’m eating it practically every day. Strange how our tastes change through the years, huh? Now I have about 10 packages of these kelp noodles in my pantry, ready to be added to my favorite salad and soups.
So what are kelp noodles?
They’re a very low calorie, raw, no fat, no carb noodle/pasta alternative. The ingredients include:
water, kelp (a brown seaweed) and sodium alginate (a sodium salt derived from seaweed).
They are completely tasteless so it’s a great addition to any dish with a little bit of sauce, broth or dressing. It’s also slightly crunchy when eaten cold so it makes a great addition to salads. Click here to learn more about kelp noodles.
So are these really healthy for you? I can’t say for sure. Technically, it’s still a processed food so one can never tell for sure I suppose but based on the ingredients, they look harmless enough.
To make this specific salad, I assembled everything I had in my refrigerator. This included:
thinly sliced red onion
Spring mix salad
Carrot ribbons (carrots shaved with a peeler)
Handful of kelp noodles, rinsed and patted dry
For the dressing, I opted for something slightly sweet and tangy.
3 T coconut aminos*
1/2 t sesame oil (optional)
Juice of 1/2 lime
*If you haven’t tried coconut aminos yet, I would HIGHLY recommend it. I’ve been adding this to almost everything lately! Used as an alternative to soy sauce and made from coconut sap, aged with sun-dried sea salt, it’s a perfect marry of salty and sweet. It’s definitely my go-to dressing when I’m in a rush or just plain lazy.
If you don’t have any coconut aminos on hand, mix 1 part soy sauce to 5 parts water and add a little sweetener of choice.
I like to marinate the kelp noodles in the dressing for about 5 minutes in a large bowl. Then I’ll add my veggies and toss to coat.
This salad is so good that I’ve eaten it daily for about a week straight. And while these kelp noodles can’t take the place of my favorite noodle type, the rice noodle, they’re a great alternative..especially if you’re looking to shed a little weight.
Served with love,