Mixed with rice, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, and a slightly sweet vinaigrette, hijiki will refresh the body and rejuvenate the spirit! Adapted from Vegetarian Planet.
- 1 ounce dried hijiki seaweed (about 1 cup)
- 2 1⁄4 cups water
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 4 scallions, minced
- 1 1⁄2 cups snow peas, cut into thin julienne strips
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey (or 2 tsp. sugar)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or canola or corn oil)
- fresh ground black pepper (optional)
- Soak the hijiki in cool water for 1 hour, then drain it.
- Bring the water and 1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, add rice. Turn heat down to low, and cover pan. Simmer rice 20 minutes.
- Whle rice simmers, cook the hijiki: In a saucepan, cover the hijiki generously with water. Simmer it over mdium low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until hijiki is tender. Drain and rinse hijiki under cold water.
- Now toast the sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until they brown lightly. Move the seeds to a plate to cool.
- Mix the scallions, snow peas, and carrot in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the ginger, vinegar, honey, and oil, whisking to mix.
- Add the warm cooked rice to the vegetables. Add the cool hijiki and the vinaigrette. Toss well, add the sesame seeds, the remaining 1/4 teaspoons salt and pepper, if using. Toss again.
- Serve the salad warm, or chill it for 1 hour first. It will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
- For Vegan option use a Vegan sugar or honey sub.
Yummy and Different! I've never cooked with seaweed before...mine kinda turned into a gelled glob but it still tasted good and mixed well with the rice. I guess that's where agar agar comes from. I used short-grain brown rice which I felt went better with this recipe and Splenda in place of the honey. Freddy Cat says it was nice visiting you again Sharon! Made for the Zaar tag game.