RECIPE: Carrot and Sea Lettuce Salad in a Ginger Sesame Dressing



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Sea Lettuce Carrot Salad served in a bowl.

RECIPE: Carrot and Sea Lettuce Salad in a Ginger Sesame Dressing

  • Author: Vanessa Seder
  • Yield: Serves 4


This vibrant, crunchy salad makes a wonderful starter or side and a welcome addition to a potluck picnic or office lunch. It holds up well out of the fridge if needed, remaining fresh and crispy. Sea Lettuce is a flavorful, briny, ocean-flavored seaweed that is high in calcium, iron, and magnesium. It is harvested off the northern coast of Maine.


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  1. Place the sea lettuce in a medium bowl and cover with 1 cup cold water. Let sit at room temperature until reconstituted, about 5 minutes. Drain the sea lettuce well using a fine-mesh strainer, and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots and edamame and cook, stirring occasionally until the carrots are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer the carrots and edamame to the bowl with the sea lettuce and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, and the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad, top with the cucumber and sesame seeds, then toss well to combine. Let sit out until the salad reaches room temperature, then serve or refrigerate until ready to serve. The salad can be eaten right away, or stored refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder has worked in the food industry for close to 20 years as a recipe developer, food stylist, chef instructor, and author. Her cookbooks include: Eat Cool, (which received positive reviews from the New York Times and elsewhere) and the award-winning Secret Sauces. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Vanessa has developed recipes for Real Simple, All You, Health, Cooking Light, Hannaford’s Fresh, Ladies Home Journal—where she previously served as an associate food editor, and Maine The Way, among others. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine. She can be found online at and Instagram @vseder.
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