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Indulge in the captivating flavors of my kelp noodle salad recipe, a delightful fusion of crunchy vegetables, savory kelp noodles, and a zesty peanut sauce. Discover the simplicity of preparing this culinary delight and relish in its refreshing taste.

What are Kelp Noodles?

Kelp noodles, derived from the finest seaweed, offer a gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta. These translucent strands boast a delicate crunch, making them a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire.

How to make kelp noodles

First off – it would be very hard to make kelp noodles at home since it requires special equipment to process the kelp into noodles.

To make kelp noodles, it first has to be harvested.  It is thoroughly rinsed to remove salt, dirt and debris.

Then the kelp seaweed is processed into noodles, then packaged! Yes, it’s just that “simple.”

You’ll notice that straight out of the package the noodles are kinda dry, yet slightly malleable. If you’ve seen them in the store, you may have scratched your head and wondered how to prepare them.

 

How to prepare kelp noodles

A best practice is to soak the noodles in warm water to soften them for at least 10 minutes. Then drain them and they’re ready to toss into a recipe.

You can also add vinegar, baking soda or lemon to warm water. Why?

When you add alkaline compounds like these ingredients, they help break down the fibers in the kelp noodles. In essence, they soften the noodles by breaking down their structure. Think of the same process for beans and meat.

 

Kelp Noodle Nutrition

Again, most people love kelp noodles because they are considered low-carb and are extremely low-calorie. This type of algae or seaweed is naturally low in carbohydrates. Also, kelp noodles are gluten-free, making them a suitable substitute in recipes for those with celiac or gluten sensitivities or folks just wanting to try something different.

Generally here’s the nutritional profile for a 4-ounce (113g) serving:

  • Calorie: roughly 10 calories (on the high end)
  • Protein: < 1g
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Fat: < 1g
  • Fiber: < 1g
  • Vitamins/minerals: iodine, calcium, iron

Remember these numbers will vary depending on the brand and processing method.

 

Kelp Noodles vs Shirataki Noodles in Recipes

I prefer kelp noodles because of their neutral flavor but mainly because the sauce clings better to them than shirataki noodles.

Since shirataki noodles are made from konjac yam flour, in noodle form they are more gelatinous and slippery so sauce slides off them.  Kelp noodles are porous, allowing them to absorb sauces more effectively.

Lastly, kelp noodles are more nutrient and vitamin-dense even though the calories and carbohydrate amounts are nearly identical.

 

What do kelp noodles taste like?

For me, kelp has a neutral flavor, while others say they can detect subtle hints of the sea, similar to the flavor of other seaweeds.

But who knows? Maybe thinking that you’re eating seaweed causes you to “detect” a seafood flavor.

 

How do you make peanut kelp noodle salad

Add the noodles to a bowl and add hot, not boiling, water and a tablespoon of baking soda. (Alternatively juice from a lemon or tablespoon of vinegar)

Soak for 10 – 20 minutes.

Add the ingredients for the sauce to a mixing bowl or cup and whisk together. If it is too thick, add tablespoons of water until you reach you’re desired consistency. If it is too thin, add teaspoons of powdered peanut butter. Keep in mind – the sauce will thicken as it cools and chills in the fridge.


Prep the cucumber. Slice the cucumbers into small pieces and cut them on the bias.

Drain the noodles and add them to a bowl or sealable container. Add cucumbers and sauce.

Toss together then place in the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes.

Enjoy!  You’ll love them!

You can add bites of your favorite lean protein to make it heartier and even more nutrient-dense.

What are Kelp Noodles?

Kelp noodles, derived from the finest seaweed, offer a gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta. These translucent strands boast a delicate crunch, making them a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire.

Where to Buy Kelp Noodles?

Buying kelp noodles should be a breeze, with most grocery stores stocking them in their Asian or health food aisles. Alternatively, explore online retailers for a convenient shopping experience.

Variations and Additions

Customize your kelp noodle salad to suit your culinary preferences and dietary needs with these inspired variations:

  • Vibrant Veggie Medley: Infuse your salad with a variety of colors and flavors by incorporating an array of fresh vegetables. From the crisp sweetness of bell peppers to the earthy notes of shredded carrots and the snappy crunch of snap peas, the possibilities are endless. Experiment with different combinations to discover your perfect vegetable combination.
  • Protein Power-Up: Enhance the nutritional profile of your salad by introducing protein-rich additions. Grilled chicken lends a savory depth, while tofu offers a silky texture. For a plant-based protein boost consider edamame.
  • Sauce Introduction: Elevate the flavor profile of your salad by experimenting with diverse nut butters and aromatic spices to create a peanut sauce that reflects your unique culinary taste. From the rich creaminess of almond butter to the exotic warmth of curry powder, unleash your creativity and craft a signature sauce blend that elevates your dish to new heights.

 

Pro Tips for Making the Best Kelp Noodle Salad

Master the art of kelp noodle salad preparation with these expert tips:

  • Tenderizing Technique: Soften kelp noodles with a simple yet effective soaking method. Submerge the noodles in warm water with baking soda, allowing them to soak until they are perfectly tender.
  • Sauce Consistency Control: Achieve the perfect balance of creaminess and fluidity in your peanut sauce by exercising careful control over its consistency. Gradually adjust the ratio of powdered peanut butter to water, adding more of either ingredient as needed until you attain the desired consistency.
  • Flavor Fusion: Maximize the depth and complexity of flavor in your kelp noodle salad by allowing it to marinate in the refrigerator before serving. This resting period allows the ingredients to get to know each other, allowing the flavors to harmonize and intensify over time.

How To Store + Meal Prep

Store any leftover kelp noodle salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Simply toss with additional peanut sauce before serving to reintroduce the flavors. Consider preparing this salad ahead of time for a quick and nutritious meal option throughout the week.

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Kelp Noodle Salad

Ingredients

4 Servings
Serving Size:316g
* Optional Substitution Note
Kelp Noodle Salad Ingredients
  • 1lb kelp noodles (package)
  • warm water (enough to cover the kelp noodles in a bowl)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Lemon or vinegar
  • 6 mini cucumbers, sliced on the bias
  • 2 medium cucumbers, sliced
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
Peanut Sauce
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 5 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • juice from 1 small lime
    • add more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil *
  • 1 tablespoon chili and garlic flakes in oil
  • Sriracha (optional)
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  • 6 mini cucumbers, sliced on the bias
    • 2 medium cucumbers, sliced
Garnish
  • sesame seeds

How To Make Kelp Noodle Salad

Step 1

Begin by removing the kelp noodles from their packaging and placing them in a bowl. Cover the noodles with warm water, ensuring it’s not boiling hot.

Step 2

Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water and stir gently. Allow the noodles to soak for approximately 10 minutes, then drain them thoroughly.

Step 3

Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce by combining lukewarm water, powdered peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, chili and garlic flakes in oil, and a dash of Sriracha if desired. Whisk the ingredients until they form a smooth, velvety sauce.

Step 4

Adjust the consistency of the sauce by adding more powdered peanut butter to thicken it or additional water to thin it out. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it chills in the fridge.

Step 5

In a mixing bowl, toss the drained kelp noodles and sliced cucumbers with the prepared peanut sauce until evenly coated.

Step 6

Sprinkle sesame seeds over the salad for a delightful crunch and visual appeal.

Step 7

For optimal flavor infusion, refrigerate the salad in an airtight container for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Kelp Noodle Salad

Kevin Curry


Prep 10min
Cook 5min
Total 15min

Category Low Carb
# of servings4
Calories 180
Kelp Noodle Salad Ingredients
  • 1lb kelp noodles (package)
  • warm water (enough to cover the kelp noodles in a bowl)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Lemon or vinegar
  • 6 mini cucumbers, sliced on the bias
  • 2 medium cucumbers, sliced
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
Peanut Sauce
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 5 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • juice from 1 small lime
    • add more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil *
  • 1 tablespoon chili and garlic flakes in oil
  • Sriracha (optional)
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  • 6 mini cucumbers, sliced on the bias
    • 2 medium cucumbers, sliced
Garnish
  • sesame seeds

  1. Begin by removing the kelp noodles from their packaging and placing them in a bowl. Cover the noodles with warm water, ensuring it’s not boiling hot.

  2. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water and stir gently. Allow the noodles to soak for approximately 10 minutes, then drain them thoroughly.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce by combining lukewarm water, powdered peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, chili and garlic flakes in oil, and a dash of Sriracha if desired. Whisk the ingredients until they form a smooth, velvety sauce.

  4. Adjust the consistency of the sauce by adding more powdered peanut butter to thicken it or additional water to thin it out. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it chills in the fridge.

  5. In a mixing bowl, toss the drained kelp noodles and sliced cucumbers with the prepared peanut sauce until evenly coated.

  6. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the salad for a delightful crunch and visual appeal.

  7. For optimal flavor infusion, refrigerate the salad in an airtight container for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition per serving

Calories180cal
Protein7g
Fats12g
Carbs12g
Sodium800mg
Fiber3g
Sugar3g
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Details

Prep 10min
Cook 5min
Total 15min
# of servings4
Serving Size:316g

Nutrition per serving

Calories180cal
Protein7g
Fats12g
Carbs12g
Sodium800mg
Fiber3g
Sugar3g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!