Kraken Kimchi Salad

No Swimming.

The sign also said no cleaning fish, no fishing, and a myriad of other marina regulations but the no swimming really caught my eye.  Of course I wasn’t going to swim in the marina. Gross!  But I’d never seen a marina explicitly state that you really shouldn’t swim there.

And we were in the Bahamas!  The transparent blue water beckoned, offering a delightful respite from the warm sun.  I was longingly gazing at the water when a sleek grey form glided past.  10-feet of perfectly-engineered predator.  Suddenly the water didn’t seem so inviting.

Now I am not afraid of sharks in general.  There is a higher probability you will get killed by a falling coconut or that lightening will be the cause of your untimely demise.  They don’t even like the taste of people… we’re not in their food chain.  Most shark attacks are just a shark sampling something that looks tasty.  Unfortunately that “sample” is enough to kill a person if taken out of the right place.

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Bimini Big Game Club, the marina we were staying at had 4 “pet”  bull sharks, that they fed.  Bull sharks.  The type of shark jaws was based off of.  Now ordinarily sharks aren’t dangerous, but still.  There are certain varieties I would prefer not to swim with.  Especially in an area they’re being fed.

Rather than take my chances on the paddle board or swimming anywhere near the marina, I opted to celebrate our arrival to warm weather with one of my favorite salads.

For some reason I can barely look at a salad in chilly climates.  As lettuce doesn’t last more than a week and Spinach not much longer my favorite warm-weather fare isn’t great cruising.  And try finding greens on uninhabited islands in the Bahamas.  Sure you can find them in Nassau in western supermarkets on sale for just $10 for a head of lettuce.

But while I had fresh lettuce I was going to make the most of it.

DSCN8874 300x225 Kraken Kimchi SaladKimchee salad is one of my favorite recipes Sato San has taught me.  Who am I kidding, most of them are pretty tasty.  But this salad is simple, delicious, and utterly unlike any other I have tasted.  It is also an excellent way to stretch your lettuce out and really make it last.

Kraken Kimchee Salad


  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 1 ½ c lettuce, chopped
  • 1 c kimchee
  • 2 t salted kombu
  • ¼ c dried cranberries
  • 1/8 c chopped or slivered almonds
  • ¼ c juice from kimchee


  • Toss lettuce, kimchee, cucumber, and tomatoes together
  • Mix in ¼ c kimchee juice
  • Mix in salted kombu, cranberries, and almonds
  • Serve with a few extra cranberries and almonds sprinkled on top

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