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Triple A Salad (Avocado, Arame and Almonds)

This is one of Mary Shaw's very popular whole foods salad recipes. Mary was an inspirational teacher at Bastyr University for many years and currently runs a cooking program for the Ashland (OR) Food Coop.

cup raw almonds
4 cups salad greens
1/8 cup dry arame, soaked in 1 cup water
1 ripe avocado

3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F, and roast the almonds on a dry cookie sheet for 7-10 minutes or until aromatic.  Coarsely chop them and set aside.
    • Wash the salad greens in a sink full of cold water.  Spin or pat dry. Drain arame and add to the greens.
    • Combine vinegar, maple syrup, salt and poppy seeds in a small bowl, using a whisk add oils. 
    • Drain arame and add to the greens. Slice avocado in long strips and and add to salad greens. Add chopped almonds. 
    • Toss with dressing to combine just before serving.  

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Serves 4

    Nifty info on sea vegetables
    Sea vegetables are unique because of their intense mineral content.  Some say the 30% of every bite of sea vegetables is minerals.  This is because sea vegetables are bathed in sea water where over 100 minerals and trace elements can be found. 
    Sea vegetables have 10 -20x the minerals of land plants.  They are an excellent source of iodine, calcium and iron.
    Sea vegetables provide these nutrients in an easily assimilated form - living plant tissue.  Way more effective than a pill.
    They are made of a carbohydrate that passes through the body as a complex fiber cleansing the digestive system.
    Look for "wild" and "hand harvested" on the label to avoid sea vegetables grown in tanks.
    Store sea vegetables in tightly sealed containers at room temperature where they can stay fresh for at least several months.


    Mary Shaw
    Bravo and a beautiful salad! By the way did you and that guy ever hook up....
    May 31, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Claudia Fuller
    Salad looks really yummy. But where does one find dried arame - short of jumping in the Sound? Well, and then I suppose it would be wet arame, wouldn't it?
    May 31, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Amy Smith
    Cynthia, I am intrigued by the sea vegetables because of how incredibly nutritious they are, however....I'm not a fan of fishy flavors. Does Arame have a fishy flavor?
    June 1, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Cynthia Lair
    Hi Mary - you'll have to stay tuned! Claudia - arame can be found in health food markets, Asian markets or online. Amy - it does not taste fishy. Tastes mineral-y.
    June 2, 2011, 8:00 am

    Margaret Dexter
    Hi, LOVE your site, I'm a Bastyr Grad ND 2007 practicing in hawaii and will send patients to this site. Thanks!
    June 3, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Grace Geiger
    I love this salad, but sometimes can't get my hands on arame. Any good substitutes? How would nori work?
    November 5, 2011, 1:07 pm

    Cynthia Lair
    Hmm. Thin strips of nori could be added in at the last minute (they don't like to be wet). Hiziki works too.
    November 5, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Allison Dennis
    All of these As are my fav things! I'm gonna make this tomorrow. Btw, arame is pretty easy to find in the Asian section of some higher end grocery stores, and I pick mine up at PCC. Thanks for calling my attention to this recipe!
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