This is such a colourful salad, packed full of nutrition and really appealing to children (though white T-shirts are not recommended while eating)!
Arame is a wonderful sea vegetable as not only is it super high in minerals and vitamins, it has a sweet, delicate flavour, making it a good intorduction to sea weed for children and first timers. So, if you're not usually a fan of sea weed, I reckon it's worth giving this salad a try!
Beetroot and Arame Salad (serves 4-6)
4 large fresh beetroots, peeled
4 large carrots, well scrubbed
10 strands of arame
1 clove of garlic, very finely diced
Juice and zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp poppy seeds
60ml extra virgin olive oil or flax oil
Soak the arame in water for around 15mins until doubled in size. Drain and chop into bits (I like to leave them big enough so they don't get completely lost in the salad, but you could cut them very fine if you wish). Next, grate the beetroot and carrot into a large bowl.
Add the arame and the remainder of the ingredients and mix well. Leave for the flavours to mingle for about half an hour before serving.
This makes a great alternative to coleslaw served up in jacket potatoes and compliments many a dish as a side. It tastes AMAZING with falafel and wholemeal wraps too!