An Ocean of Health: Kombu Bean and Spinach Salad

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| May/June 2004

Serves 6
This marinated salad is simple to make and extremely fast to put together. While kombu is often cooked into soups or vegetable and bean dishes, the dry-roasted kombu “croutons” add a delicious kick of salty flavor and crunchy texture.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2  tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8  teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans seasoned white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped marinated sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 to 6 ounces fresh spinach, washed and drained
  • 2 strips (6 inches each) kombu, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2  to 1 cup (depending on taste preference) crumbled feta cheese
  1. Mix dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Add beans and sun-dried tomatoes and toss until thoroughly mixed. Cover and set in the refrigerator for 1 hour so flavors can blend.
  2. Mound spinach on a large serving platter or individual salad plates. Spoon marinated beans over spinach.
  3. Dry-roast kombu in heated skillet on low until crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle feta cheese over salad and garnish with kombu.

Kris Wetherbee is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to The Herb Companion, Herbs for Health’s sister publication. She lives in the hills of western Oregon with her photographer husband, Rick Wetherbee.

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