Marinated Maktaaq Salad from Arviat, Nunavut

Marinated maktaaq salad, by Arviat Wellness Centre
Marinated maktaaq salad, by Arviat Wellness Centre

A new addition to our tips and recipes page, the Marinated Maktaaq Salad from Arviat, Nunavut, makes use of local maktaaq and wild flowers.


Maaktaq is the Inuktitut word for whale skin and blubber. Often, maaktaq comes from Bowhead whales, though it can also refer to the meat from Narwhal and Beluga whales. It tastes rich and nutty, but the skin can be a bit chewy so it is recommended to slice it very thin.

Maaktaq has been found to be a good source of vitamin C, containing up to 38 mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz) and it is also a source of vitamin D, both of which come in handy when living in the North.

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