Sunomono (Wakame Seaweed and Cucumber Salad)

Wakame Sunomono

Sunomono is a Japanese dish with vinegar based dressing, su means vinegar in Japanese. There are three main vinegar dressings for sunomono, namely ama-zu (甘酢), nihai-zu (二杯酢) and sanbai-zu (三杯酢). As the names suggest, they have different ratio of vinegar in dressings. I made sunomono with nihai-zu dressing plus a Chinese twist. I like this wakame sunomono very much, tasting had turned into snacking quickly.

Wakame Sunomono

Store bought wakame sunomono usually made with fresh wakame, the colour will be bright green. There was once I had wakame sunomono at a restaurant, I was surprised it actually tinted my finger green when I touched it. What to say more?

Wakame Sunomono

This one was made with dried wakame, the one used for making soup. If using whole or big pieces of wakame, additional steps for boiling and chopping are required.

Ingredients (2-3 servings):
20 gm dried wakame (I used small pieces wakame commonly use for miso soup)
1 Japanese cucumber, sliced
Pinch of salt

2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1-2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
2 tsp roasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Soak dried wakame in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes or until it is fully bloomed. Drain well, then use paper towel to extract moisture.
  2. While soaking wakame, slice cucumber and mix well with pinch of salt. Then, set aside for about 10 minutes or so. Drain the liquid and use paper towel to extract moisture.
  3. Combine wakame and cucumber in a bowl, add in all other ingredients and mix well. Alternately, dressing maybe prepared separately in advance. Some dashi maybe added to taste.


  1. Oh, I love this type of wakame salad! Made something similar a long time ago and it was great. Yours looks delicious! =)

  2. Hope I can make something similar too...looks very refreshing and healthy.

  3. Hello Lydia, I am so glad I found your blog on Tastespotting. So many local goodies...I will be coming back regularly :)

  4. Yea, this look refreshing. Is the salad taste sour? I like salad with sourish taste:-)

    Lydia, may I know can I use normal vinegar or apple vinegar?

  5. Dear all,
    This is sure a refreshing dish, don't miss out.

    Yes, it tasted sourish. I used rice vinegar, you can use either normal white vinegar or apple cider. Wouldn't taste much different.


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