Kelp Noodle Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

I have been making an effort this winter to post recipes that are as colorful as those I would post during spring, summer, and fall, while still using seasonal ingredients. I have been taking you on exotic journeys to the Middle East, India, Korea and today, somewhere in China. Inspired by the Asian flavors we all love, sesame, citrus and spice, this cold noodle salad recipe is both refreshing and satisfying!

The star of this salad is the kelp noodle, a crunchy and raw alternative to traditional noodles. Made using seaweed, sodium alginate, and water, kelp noodles are low in calorie (20 calories per serving!) and high in nutrients, especially iodine and calcium. I am not going to try to convince you these look or taste like pasta or vermicelli. Kelp noodles are unique! Their best attribute? Kelp noodles absorb dressing like a sponge, and become tastier with time. My advice, make this recipe a day in advance! Let the salad marinate in this delicious sesame dressing, and devour the following day. The noodles will be softer and tastier then.

While the cilantro and mint are detrimental to making the flavors on this salad come alive, feel free to use whatever you have at hand. Avocado adds creaminess, and carrots crunch, but sweet peas, radishes, cashews, peanuts, and sprouts would be magnificent additions.

Kelp Noodle Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Creamy Sesame Dressing

  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tbsp. agave
  • Drizzle sesame oil
  • Pinch red chili flakes
  • Pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.

Cold Kelp Noodle Salad

Serves 2

Active cook time: 10 minutes

Inactive time: 3 hours

  • 6 oz. kelp Noodles (about half a bag)
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • Handful cilantro, chopped
  • Handful mint leaves, chopped
  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tbsp. Flax or sesame seeds
  • Sesame dressing

Additional Ingredients:



Sweet peas




Place noodles in a bowl with hot water and 2 tablespoons lemon juice or white wine vinegar. Let sit for an hour. Rinse under hot water. Place noodles in bowl with dressing and a large pinch of salt. Add cilantro, mint, and vegetables. Place in refrigerator for at least for 2 hours, but preferably over night. When ready to eat, add avocado, and flax or sesame seeds. Devour.