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.
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.
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…
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