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Sushi Salad

We don’t go out to eat that often. We cook a lot at home and now that we have a baby, it is just easier to dine in. We do miss going out for sushi. I can’t even remember the last time we went out for sushi…it was well before Caleb was born. To cure our sushi cravings, we have been making this Sushi Salad for dinner-sometimes twice a week. It is that good. The salad has all of the flavors of sushi, but in an easy rice bowl form.

We’ve made sushi at home before, but it is always an event. I love this salad because you don’t have to mess with rolling sushi, you throw everything in a bowl and you are good to go. The salad has rice, nori, cucumber, carrots, avocado, edamame, pickled ginger, and sesame seeds. The salad is finished off with a light dressing that is made of wasabi, ginger, and soy sauce. You get all of the sushi flavors, but in salad form.

This salad is a vegetarian sushi salad, but you could add some sashimi or any other of your favorite sushi roll ingredients. We buy all of the ingredients for this sushi salad at a local Asian market. Most larger grocery stores should have the ingredients, but if not, go to an Asian market, if you have one nearby.

If you are in the mood for sushi, but don’t want to go out or roll sushi, make this simple Sushi Salad at home. It’s a good one!

Sushi Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

If you like sushi, you will love this sushi salad. All of the same great sushi flavors, but in an easy rice salad!


1 cup short grain brown rice
2 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup, plus 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled ginger
3 green onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 large seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup shelled edamame
2 sheets nori, cut into thin strips (sheets of dried seaweed)
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced

For the dressing:
2 teaspoons wasabi powder
1 tablespoon hot water
2 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons ginger juice (squeezed from freshly grated gingerroot)


1. In a large pot, combine rice and water. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook on low for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring 1/4 cup vinegar to boil with sugar and salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat.

2. Transfer rice to a large bowl and stir in vinegar mixture. Cool rice and stir in sesame seeds, remaining 3 tablespoons vinegar, oil, ginger, green onions, carrot, cucumber, edamame, and nori strips. Top salad with avocado slices.

3. In a small bowl, stir wasabi powder into hot water and stir in cold water, soy sauce, and ginger juice. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve.

Note-look for the ingredients in the Asian section of the grocery store. If you can't find them at your regular store, try an Asian market.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious


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91 Responses to “Sushi Salad”

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  1. Rosa — March 2, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    A wonderful salad! Healthy and really enjoyable.



  2. Blog is the New Black — March 2, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    I love this idea!

  3. Maria, you are brilliant. I love sushi, too, but had never thought of making it in salad form. I cannot wait to try this. It looks absolutely delicious!

  4. that is a great idea, I love it!

  5. Amelia — March 2, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    We make these all the time topped with salmon or tuna sashimi! I typically keep extra sushi rice in the fridge for the nights when we don’t feel like cooking. The only thing I do differently is I don’t add the edamame to our bowls. Instead I boil the kind that is still in the pod and we eat it on the side. :)

    Pretty pictures!

  6. The Italian Dish — March 2, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Deconstructed sushi – I love it!

  7. cherrypix — March 2, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    I love this idea! I love how you put edamame beans in it too.

  8. Melissa — March 2, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    This looks like a great way to get those sushi flavors without the pricey trip to the restaurant.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 2, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    it feels like FOREVER since we’ve had sushi…i’m definitely down with trying this at home! especially to help save some money…good sushi is expensive!

  10. Eri — March 2, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    We make something like this called “Chirashi Zushi” in Japan but has different ingredients. You still make the sushi rice but cook vegetables like Shitake mushrooms, dried gord shavings, carrots, bamboo shoots etc. in dashi stock, soy sauce, sugar, mirin etc. (the amount and ingredients vary) cool them and mix that up with sushi rice. Serve with shrredded nori (like Maria did), pickeled ginger on top. Some people put sashimi on top.

  11. Ben — March 2, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    WOW! I’m not a big sushi fan, but that salad looks so appetizing. Yum!

  12. Jennifer — March 2, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    I’m just about to write a post about a sushi class I went to. This sounds like a simpler way to enjoy the sushi taste without an instructor telling me how to roll and chop and etc. Looks yum!

  13. What an awesome idea! I absolutely adore sushi but it’s sort of a luxury for us, so this will definitely make an appearance in our house. Thanks!

  14. I haven’t had sushi in months and this sounds like it’l fit the bill for my often sushi cravings. Looks like I have most items…only need to shop for a couple to try this out…thanks a bunch..

  15. The salad looks great! I’m not a huge sushi fan because I don’t like raw fish, but this dish I would love! I’m going to give it a try, the dressing sounds wonderful!

  16. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 2, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    What a fun idea! Yep, we love sushi!

  17. Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 2, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    oh, and a little tip… if you ask nicely at your grocery store’s sushi counter (if you have one where they make it in the store), they can either give you or sell you a little bit of pickled ginger. It’s good to chop and put in rice!

  18. Shraddha — March 2, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    wow… I love Sushi (veg rolls) but the rolling takes so much time and skill that I have given up. Thanks for this amazing recipe. I will be making it soon and love that it is vegetarian 😀

  19. Johanna — March 2, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    That is not fair, to add another Sushi salad to my list while I haven’t even tried the other one from a blog I frequently read too: “Green Kitchen Stories”
    Okay, okay, I’ll put both on my “To Cook” list for the next weeks…. :)

  20. I love this – sushi deconstructed. Just perfect. And a good way for me to carry on my all out sushi obsession.

  21. Cookin' Canuck — March 2, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    This is such a fun salad, Maria. I adore sushi and know I would love the flavors in this. I would definitely be tempted to add some sashimi.

  22. This is awesome b/c the quality of sushi places around us is less than stellar. Perfect way to get my fix at home :)

  23. I made this recently! Lovely for a quick dinner!

  24. Nicole, RD — March 2, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I love the idea of these! I bet I’d have to buy quite a bit of ginger to get 2 tsp of ginger juice…glad it’s cheap :) These look delish!

    • Two Peas replied: — March 2nd, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      You can use grated ginger too! Both work great:)

  25. Cookbook Queen — March 2, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Seriously fabulous idea. I want it for lunch!!!

  26. Very cool idea! I can’t wait to try it.

  27. Anna @ hiddenponies — March 2, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    This is such a great idea! I have been craving sushi like mad lately, and this looks like the perfect easy cure!

  28. Urban Wife — March 2, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    Sushi, how I miss it! Since we don’t eat out often, this is one dish I would love to recreate at home. Thanks for posting!

  29. Becki's Whole Life — March 2, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    Wow – what a great idea! Love how you really captured all of the sushi flavors in this! My family would love this.

  30. “We don’t go out to eat that often. We cook a lot at home and now that we have a baby, it is just easier to dine in.” —

    That trend has continued for 5+ years for us. We went from tons out to never out. It has made me a better cook and has saved us money (and meltdowns). LOL

    Your salad looks perfect!

  31. Erica — March 2, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Gorgeous! I just purchased some avocados and can’t wait to eat them with dinner! YUM!

  32. HeatherChristo — March 2, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    This is such a great idea!

  33. thelittleloaf — March 2, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve had something similar in restaurants here in the UK and it’s a lovely way to get all the flavours of sushi but in a lighter, fresher way. Perfect followed by one of your fabulous cookies (ok, maybe two…or three!)

  34. Tracey — March 2, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    What a fun idea! I think I like this more than traditional sushi :)

  35. Loving this super duper healthy lunch salad :)

  36. Katie — March 2, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Yum! I can seriously see why you would eat this twice a week! Can’t wait to give this a try during one of my sushi cravings!

  37. Mary @ Bake Break — March 2, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    This is brilliant! I never would have thought of this, and I LOVE SUSHI, so this is a perfect way to enjoy it without putting in too much effort! Love it!

  38. What a great idea! This looks so delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Cassie — March 2, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Sushi at home is great but definitely an event. This is amazing, though! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  40. Sushi is one of my favorite foods! I would never attempt to make sushi, but this salad is definitely on my radar! Thanks :)

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