Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sushi Salad {Vegan}

Day 221.

We're big sushi fans here, but, as a vegetarian, I don't get a whole ton of selection at the average sushi bar. There are some great veggie rolls, but usually only about four kinds. So, I sometimes break down and make my own. This sushi salad looks so creative, and so much simpler than sushi, I had to try it.

Sushi Salad
Adapted from Sushi Salad.
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce (See Thai Style Dumplings for a homemade recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (the inspiring recipe uses this plus 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped pickled ginger
  • 5 green onions, white and green parts both, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the quinoa, cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the covered saucepan on the burner for another 4 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool.

Mix all the sauce ingredients. When the quinoa is cool, stir it into the sauce until well-combined.

Stir in all the veggies and refrigerate. When ready to serve, scoop onto plate with an ice cream scoop. 

This was pretty good and so creative. I think, if we make it again, I'll mix in some chopped nori.

This post is shared at·Tuesdays at the TableSlightly Indulgent TuesdayTasty Tuesday, Delectable TuesdayTempt My Tummy TuesdayDelicious DishesReal Food Wednesday, Recipe of the Week, Hearth and Soul, and Tasty Tuesday.


  1. I love the idea of sushi salad. I don't eat sushi, but I do love some of the flavor combinations that are used in the dishes. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  2. This looks so good! I totally agree--I love sushi and there's nothing more disappointing than going to a sushi place and finding one or two vegetarian things on the menu.

  3. This looks really lovely. I have never eaten sushi before- I'm always a bit afraid to try it, but this sounds really good! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.