Purslane Cucumber Seaweed Salad – Recipe Redux Challenge

by inspiredrd on May 20, 2012

When I found out that this month’s Recipe ReDux theme was titled “Sea What You’ve Been Missing” I knew I was in trouble.  We were instructed to use little fishes like anchovies, sardines or smelt, OR we could focus on sea vegetables like kelp or seaweed.  Now, you would think that I would I would be pretty good at this kind of challenge since I’ve studied Japanese, traveled to Japan, and adore sushi.  But I’ve never really made any of these things myself.

I was tempted to buy one of those dried seaweed snack packages that you find at Trader Joe’s and sprinkle it over popcorn (it’s yum, you should try it), but I was afraid that would be cheating.

Then I thought, let’s buy a tin of sardines.  So I did.  And it’s still sitting in my pantry.

One thing I know I can handle is a sheet of nori seaweed.  That’s the stuff they use to roll sushi.  My parents have taken sushi making classes in the past and have given me a few lessons.  I know I like the flavor of nori, but what to do with it?

I was planning to make a purslane cucumber salad this week with the purslane I scored from the Agritopia Farm Stand.  Why not change things up and make a purslane cucumber seaweed salad?  I threw in a yellow bell pepper for color, and you know what?  The salad turned out delicious!  After taking approximately 903 pictures of it (that’s how many you have to take to get a few good ones), I devoured the entire bowl.

I know that I probably lost some of you when you heard the word “seaweed” and probably even more of you with “purslane”, but for those who are sticking around, this dish only takes a few minutes to put together and is perfect for a fresh summer salad.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Recipe ReDux posts below. I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with!

Hopefully someone will tell me what to do with the sardines.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Purslane Cucumber Seaweed Salad
Recipe type: salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup purslane, finely chopped
  • 1 english cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 5 sheets nori seaweed, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into ¼" strips
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼-1/2 tsp. black sea salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine purslane, cucumber, bell pepper and nori seaweed strips. Stir to combine.
  2. Mix rice vinegar and sesame oil in a small bowl, then pour over salad.
  3. Add sesame seeds and salt. Mix and serve or chill.


  • http://www.theprofessionalpalate.com Regan @ The Professional Palate

    Yay! This is exactly the kind of “out of my cooking comfort zone” moment that gets us inspired about new good-for-us foods. Love it!

    And I think it sounds wonderful. I love, love pickles in the summer, especially. I bet the flavors here are divine.

  • http://www.dontwhitesugarcoatit.com Elizabeth Jarrard

    never heard of a purslane but now i want one!! delicious recipe and such a fun post!

  • http://www.loveandzest.com Kristina @ Love and Zest

    very creative. and awesome pics :)

  • http://www.foodconfidence.com Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD

    Looks great, I made seaweed salad too…so fun!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Have this bookmarked. Have purslane seeds to grow in the garden. Now I have a goal for them.

  • http://tastefullyjulie.com/ TastefullyJulie

    I’ve never heard of purslane but thinks looks wonderful! Much more creative than my redux. I blame my family – the boring eaters that I have to feed ;)

  • http://www.nourition.com Nour Zibdeh, RD

    This looks very refreshing. I’ve never made anything with seaweed before, I’ll have to give it a try. I love purslane and eat it a lot when I go overseas. A trip to the Asian grocery store is due!

  • http://enourishment.blogspot.com Marie

    I smiled when I read this post because I felt the exact same way and went with a seaweed salad as well. (A challenging post for a first-time ReDuxer!)
    Purslane sounds really interesting and healthy, thanks for introducing me to it and I will try making your salad with the leftover seaweed I have in the cupboard!

  • http://www.eastewart.com EA-The Spicy RD

    Great salad, and now I will be on the hunt for purslane! Good to know someone else takes a lot of photos too, before getting “just-the-right” shot :-) Have you tried your sardines yet with the Mary’s Gone Crackers and Goat Cheese???

  • Megan

    Eat the sardines with crackers, delicious! I love them-

  • http://www.itsasavourylife.blogspot.com Rebecca @ It’s a Savoury Life

    Your pictures are fantastic (I hear ya on the 903!!). Easy and yummy!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    Love the salad and the photos make me really hungry!

  • Patty

    I found this recipe on pinterest because I desperately wanted to try the purslane I saw at Agratopia, but told myself I couldn’t buy it till I had a definite plan for how to use it. This sounds delicious. Agratopia, here I come!

    • inspiredrd

      Oh good, I hope you enjoy it!

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