‘Raw’ Cucumber Sushi

 

Kid Friendly 'Raw' Cucumber Sushi - from Canned-Time.com  a delicious, fresh veggie version with so many variations #appetizers #rawfoods #rawpartyfoods #kidfriendlyappetizers #partyfoods #healthypartyfare #vegansushi #rawsushi

 I saw this veggie sushi on Pinterest this week and thought I’d give it a try.

It’s probably a little easier than rolling your own sushi.  Not much easier, but it’s different and looks nice.  You don’t have to have a rolling mat but it takes a little time to scoop out your cucumbers.  I think next time I’ll add in some rice to help stick things together better.  The taste is very similar to a Nori Sushi when you dip the pieces in a good soy/rice vinegar mix.  Add in some Wasabi and I thought it was pretty right on for a sushi substitute.

It’s different anyway.  And obviously can be made completely raw without the rice.

Kid Friendly 'Raw' Cucumber Sushi - from Canned-Time.com  a delicious, fresh veggie version with so many variations #appetizers #rawfoods #rawpartyfoods #kidfriendlyappetizers #partyfoods #healthypartyfare #vegansushi #rawsushi

 

 The picture I originally saw in Pinterest called for some lovely micro-sprouts as filler for each cucumber cup.  Unfortunately, I’m fresh out of homegrown sprouts right now and can never justify paying so much for the store bought ones.  I did without here.  But I did add in some Jalapeno strips.  They added a little bite but without the seeds, there wasn’t much heat.  I put plenty of red pepper flakes in with my tamari soy sauce / rice vinegar dipping sauce so that added some flavor.  I think I’ll add more avocado next time as well.  I like the creamy texture it adds to the crisp and crunch of the cold raw veggies.

Kid Friendly 'Raw' Cucumber Sushi - from Canned-Time.com  a delicious, fresh veggie version with so many variations #appetizers #rawfoods #rawpartyfoods #kidfriendlyappetizers #partyfoods #healthypartyfare #vegansushi #rawsushi

 So, no real need for a recipe here.  Just cut an English Cucumber into 4 inch sections, Julienne cut a bunch of your favorite veggies, chill everything for about an hour to firm things up and then start your assembly.  I used my rice vinegar drizzled on the avocado to keep it green in place of lemon.  Pack things down pretty firmly to get them to stay and then carefully slice each 4 inch section in thirds.  You’ll have end pieces that are not as firm.  You can use those for taste testers like I did.  Or just save them for soup, salad or snacks.

I served these up with some rice and a few Leek Dumplings which were not ‘Raw’ but made for a better dinner for my non-vegan hubby 😉

I’m sure these would make a nice display for a party and will go with any number of dips or sauces other than an Asian sauce.                   If you have kids that won’t eat Nori it’s also a kid friendly version of Sushi to try.  Maybe leave out the jalapeno for the kids…

Kid Friendly 'Raw' Cucumber Sushi - from Canned-Time.com  a delicious, fresh veggie version with so many variations #appetizers #rawfoods #rawpartyfoods #kidfriendlyappetizers #partyfoods #healthypartyfare #vegansushi #rawsushi

Enjoy!

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20 thoughts on “‘Raw’ Cucumber Sushi

  1. Susmitha - Veganosaurus

    Oh wow! This cucumber idea is brilliant, Angela! And everything looks so fresh and pretty and healthy and delicious. 🙂

    I’m doing Raw Food for Vegan MoFo next month and I’m definitely adding this cucumber sushi idea to my raw stuffed veggies list now. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks so much Susmitha 😉 I love this too. And they were so FRESH tasting! Don’t know if you like vegan Nori sushi. I do some, but mostly because of the dipping sauces. These were so similar to the Nori in taste it surprised my tongue when I took the first bite. Please let me know how your’s go and hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Take care ♥

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I’ve only rolled my own Nori rolls once and they were good but these are better. I crumble up Nori into my soups for the salt, etc so I’m not really looking for that extra nutrition in my Sushi. I loved the colors and the dipping sauce made them like little bite size Asian salads. Really tasty 😉
      Felt kind of like a kid pushing those strips of veggies into the scooped out cucs too! Fun food!

      1. Becky

        I wonder if they’d be good with a peanut or almond butter filling and some veggies. Like the butter mixed with ginger, garlic, lime juice, etc? Or would that just run right out?

        1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

          It probably wouldn’t run out if you keep them in the fridge until serving and what a great taste idea!!! I’m thinking you might want to just do a peanut Thai sauce for dipping and you’d get that flavor. I love that combination ♥.

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks Julie. I can’t take credit for the idea but it’s anyone’s guess how many varieties you could make with these. I’m leaning towards Soba noodle filling next. The sauce really makes the taste as well.
      Thanks for stopping by 😉

  2. narf77

    What an excellent idea Angela. Never thought to do something like this and just in time for summer. Better grow some more cucumbers this year specifically for this as these look addictive and perfect for long hot days 🙂

      1. narf77

        They are called Lebanese cucumbers in our shops but that’s a misnomer because Lebanese cucumbers are actually supposed to be those little fellows that you guys use for pickling. I grew HEAPS of cucumbers last year and gave them away in buckets to my cucumber hog of an eldest daughter. I almost couldn’t keep up with her ;). This year I am going to make some of these gorgeous raw sushi. I agree with you about the avocado, not optional 🙂

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