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Eventide Green Salad with Nori Vinaigrette
30 minutes plus cooling and chilling
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This is our adaptation of a salad created by Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine. Toasted seaweed (also called nori) is pulverized to a coarse powder and added to the dressing, lending the dish deep, umami-rich flavor notes reinforced with soy sauce and mirin. Instead of using full-sized sheets of plain nori (the variety used for sushi), we opted for the convenience of an individual package of seasoned seaweed snacks that are available in most grocery stores. Quick-pickled veggies give the salad lots of texture and bright flavor, but keep in mind that they need to pickle for at least 2 hours before they're ready to use. To shave the carrot, run a sharp vegetable peeler down the length of the vegetable.
Don't use a reactive bowl to make the pickles or the vegetables and liquid may take on an “off” metallic flavor. It's best to use glass, ceramic or stainless steel. Don't dress the salad until you're ready to serve so that the greens stay fresh and crisp (if left to stand after dressing, they'll wilt from the pickles' acidity and weight).
plus cooling and chilling
ounces red radishes, sliced into thin rounds
medium carrot, peeled and shaved into long, thin strips
small red onion, thinly sliced
cups plus 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar, divided
cup white sugar
ounce (7-gram) package roasted seaweed snacks, torn into small pieces (about 1 cup packed)
tablespoons soy sauce
tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil
ounces spring mix or other delicate greens
01In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the radishes, carrot, and onion. In a small saucepan over medium-high, combine 1½ cups vinegar, the sugar and ¾ cup water. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then pour over the vegetables. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 1 week.
02In a spice grinder, process the seaweed until finely chopped, gently shaking the grinder, about 30 seconds; check under the blade for clumps and break up any. You should have about 2 tablespoons pulverized seaweed. In a large bowl, whisk together the seaweed, soy sauce, mirin, oil and the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar; the dressing will thicken slightly.
03Drain the pickles in a fine mesh strainer. Add half of the drained pickles to the bowl with the dressing along with the salad greens. Toss to combine, then taste and season with salt. Transfer to a platter or bowl and top with the remaining drained pickles.
When I tasted the nori on its own, I thought this recipe was nuts. When I put it all together, though, I was amazed by the flavor. This is wonderful and really different. I used GimMe organic sea salt roasted seaweed. The sheets are thinner and pulverized pretty well in my food processor, since I don’t have a spice grinder. I will make this again!
I found the seaweed to be reallllly strong. I did not care for this which was disappointing b/c I was really looking forward to making it. I used Annie Chung's brand......maybe I should have used an alternate brand?!?