Kelp is a type of brown seaweed that excites many people for its incredible nutritional profile and health benefits. It grows in shallow coastal waters around the world and could potentially be a sustainable answer to the problems of arable farming.
As a marine plant growing in nutrient-rich waters, kelp absorbs the minerals and vitamins that surround it, which we in turn benefit from when we eat it. Kelp is rich in vitamin A, K1, magnesium, iron and calcium. Kelp is also an excellent natural source of iodine, an essential nutrient*.
You may have noticed many seaweed recipes calling for kelp or kombu. Well, kombu is actually a type of kelp that has been dehydrated and is often found in Japanese dishes.
Browse some of these ocean-inspired OGP dishes that include kelp in its various forms.
1. Chili salad with kelp noodles
Source: Kelp Noodle Chili Salad / One Green Planet
Raw, vegan and delicious, this Nikki Stokes Kelp Noodle Chili Salad is perfect when you’re short on time. In just ten minutes you can have a vibrant salad filled with fresh vegetables and chili spices. If you’re not too fond of the flavor of the sea, soak your kelp noodles while you chop the other ingredients to get rid of some of that fish.
2. Chinese seaweed salad
Source: Chinese Seaweed Salad/One Green Planet
It’s a lovely salad that can accompany other East Asian favorites or, piled high on your plate, it can be the perfect light meal on its own. Joyce Gan’s Chinese Seaweed Salad is packed with amazing flavors, such as tahini, star anise, cilantro, ginger, fennel, and of course, kombu kelp.
3. Kelp Noodles with Peanut-Miso Sauce
Source: Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce/One Green Planet
In Koko Brill’s Kelp Noodles in Miso Peanut Sauce, the noodles are cooked with all the classic stir-fries, such as broccoli, carrot, celery and any others you desire. The colorful mixture is then mixed with a rich and creamy peanut and miso sauce.
4. Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage, and Kelp Noodles with Miso Vinaigrette
Source: Sweet potato, red cabbage and kelp noodles with miso dressing/One Green Planet
It’s a colorful and bright dish that’s packed with nutrients, probiotics, and antioxidants. It’s quick and easy to make and is the perfect side dish if you’re looking for something grain-free. Annaliisa Kapp’s Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage and Kelp Noodles with Miso Dressing are very versatile and can be served hot or cold. It works wonderfully as a side dish or as a main course.
5. Kitsune Udon: noodles with seasoned tofu sachets
Source: Kitsune Udon: Noodles with Seasoned Tofu Pouches/One Green Planet
It’s an easy dish with an impressive title. Kitsune Udon: noodles with seasoned tofu packets includes cooking tofu packets, which can be purchased at most Asian supermarkets, and making your own dashi, or broth, by simmering kombu and water. Elizabeth Yeung encourages you to celebrate the versatility of this dish by replacing the udon noodles with kelp noodles and adding your favorite leafy greens.
6. Spicy Raw Pad Thai
Source: Spicy Raw Pad Thai/One Green Planet
Judy Moosmeuller’s Zesty Raw Pad Thai is a healthy, raw take on the famous Thai street food. While honoring the five key flavors of Thai cuisine – salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and pungent, this recipe combines crunchy vegetables, raw kelp noodles, and that distinctly spicy sauce.
7. Sea Salad with Kelp Noodles
Source: Sea Salad with Kelp Noodles / One Green Planet
If you’re bored with the usual garden leafy green salads, try making this simple Sea Kelp Noodle Salad by Hallie and Reya Tobias. It’s packed with fresh veggies and crunchy kelp noodles that really pump up the meal. Avocado and tahini are added to the mix for a bit of creaminess and the wasabi really packs a punch!
8. Thai chili kelp noodles
Source: Thai Chili Kelp Noodles/One Green Planet
Another Thai-inspired kelp noodle dish. Again, this is very easy to do and only involves soaking the kelp noodles. This recipe for Thai Chili Kelp Noodles from Rachael Campbell is a great raw dish that’s packed with fresh veggies and warm spices. This is a great dish for anyone looking for a grain-based noodle alternative, a low carb option, or just wanting all the goodness of kelp.
9. Savory Saffron Kombu Congee
Source: Salted Saffron Kombu Congee/One Green Planet
Valentina Chiappa’s recipe for Salted Saffron Kombu Congee is an umami sensation. Congee is a type of savory rice pudding that is common throughout Asia. This recipe takes colorful fresh vegetables and delicious flavors, such as lemongrass, ginger, and saffron, and blends them with the powers of kombu to create a vegan version of an Asian classic.
10. Miso Soba Mushroom Soup
Source: Miso Soba Mushroom Soup/One Green Planet
Simmer kombu, ginger, and garlic together, add mushrooms, sweet potato, and other vegetables, then add them all to a miso- and tahini-based broth for an umami extravaganza. Marie Reginato’s Miso Soba Mushroom Soup looks beautiful in the bowl and is a tasty, clean, gluten and grain free meal.
*Excess iodine can be harmful, so be sure to read any packaging for the recommended daily allowance.
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