Spectacular Sushi Salad

Spectacular Sushi Salad is power-packed with flavor and vegan. It will give you all the bells and whistles that come with traditional sushi. This salad is topped with a sweet and slightly spicy Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing. Trust me, if you love sushi, you’re going to love this salad.

Have you ever been in the mood for homemade sushi but didn’t feel like rolling up your sleeves or the sushi, for that matter? This is how I felt when I created this Spectacular Sushi Salad. Talk about thinking outside the roll.

What Sushi Can Vegans Eat?

Merriam-Webster defines sushi as “cold rice dressed with vinegar, formed into any of various shapes, and garnished especially with bits of raw seafood or vegetables.” So long as the rice is paired with plant-based ingredients—sans the fish and eggs—it can qualify as vegan sushi.

In addition to the ingredients in this recipe, vegan sushi can contain beets, mango, asparagus, sweet potato, pear, mushrooms, and so much more. Vegan sushi can be very healthy, nutrient-dense and delicious.

The great thing about this salad bowl is that you don’t have to skimp on what you put in the sushi roll; instead, you can enjoy the bountiful ingredients that can be as large or small as you want. This salad is packed with mixed greens and topped with baked tofu or shelled edamame.

Then it is loaded with shredded carrots, cucumbers, red onions, red peppers, black or brown rice, sliced ginger, raw broccoli, and of course, nori seaweed strips.

Spectacular Sushi Salad has 17 key ingredients:

  1. Mixed baby salad greens, chopped romaine or arugula
  2. Extra firm tofu (not silken) or shelled edamame
  3. Coconut aminos
  4. Nutritional yeast
  5. Black rice (brown or red rice works too)
  6. Nori seaweed sheets
  7. Red bell pepper
  8. Red onion
  9. Carrot
  10. Cucumber
  11. Broccoli
  12. Green onion
  13. Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing

Preparation

To prepare this bowl of deliciousness, start by making the tofu and rice, because you’ll want these to cool to lukewarm or room temperature before adding to the salad.

Tofu

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Take drained and patted dried tofu block and crumble into a large bowl. Stir in nutritional yeast and coconut aminos. Spread seasoned crumbled tofu onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Rice

Cook black rice according to package instructions. Uncover, remove from heat, stir or fluff with a fork, and let cool for about 15 minutes.

Assemble the Salad

Use mixed baby salad greens, chopped romaine or baby arugula as your salad base. Add rice and tofu. Then add nori seaweed and remaining veggies. If using, also add optional toppings of sliced avocado and/or sesame seeds. Drizzle with Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing and enjoy!

Pro Tip

An easy way to ensure you get an even distribution of seaweed in your salad is to use kitchen scissors to cut into thin strips.

cutting nori seaweed sheets into strips with kitchen scissors for sushi salad with Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing
Slice nori sheets into bite size strips with clean kitchen scissors.

This recipe includes my favorite sushi fillings, but you can sub out any of these ingredients with your favorite sushi roll fillings. The nori seaweed sheets, and the Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing are what tie this salad together. Trust me when I tell you, your taste buds cannot distinguish that you are not eating traditional sushi. The flavor and texture are on point!

This Spectacular Sushi Salad is super nutritious because of the variety of vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Seaweed is also a great way to get your intake of iodine without having to reach for the salt. No judgment, 😊 but if you’re someone who has to roll your sushi, check out the recipe Avocado Veggie Nori Rolls with Edamame. But for me and my household, this is my new favorite way of eating sushi. 

Sersie

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Spectacular Sushi Salad


  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

Tofu*

½ 14-oz. package of extra firm tofu (NOT silken), drained and patted dry

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp coconut aminos

*Note: okay to substitute 1 cup of shelled edamame, boiled

Rice

½ cup black rice

1 cup water

Veggies and Nori Seaweed

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce, mixed baby salad greens or baby arugula

1 sheet nori seaweed, finely chopped

½ red bell pepper, sliced thin

½ red onion, sliced thin

½ carrot, shredded

½ cucumber, thinly sliced

½ cup fresh broccoli, finely chopped

1 green onion, finely chopped

Optional Toppings for Salad

Sliced avocado

Sesame seeds


Instructions

Tofu

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Take drained and patted dried tofu block and crumble into a large bowl. Stir in nutritional yeast and coconut aminos. Spread seasoned crumbled tofu onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Rice

Cook black rice according to package instructions. Uncover, remove from heat, stir or fluff with a fork, and let cool for about 15 minutes.

Assemble the Salad

Use mixed baby salad greens, chopped romaine or baby arugula as your salad base. Add rice and tofu. Then add nori seaweed and remaining veggies. If using, also add optional toppings of sliced avocado and/or sesame seeds. Drizzle with Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing and enjoy!

 

Notes

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner Entrée
  • Cuisine: Asian

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