Easy Recipe: California Roll in a Bowl


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Ever get stuck in a dinner rut? I sure do! Recently, while digging around in the 100-page homemade recipe file I keep on my computer, (I like to cook. Can you tell?) I found a salad I created about four years ago.

Delicious and easy, it combines all of my favorite sushi ingredients in one bowl! And, because it's based on a California roll, it uses fully cooked seafood. This is a great way to introduce friends and family to the taste of sushi. Add slivered sushi ginger, bits of nori (seaweed), and sesame seeds to make it even more authentic.

  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked (1/2 c dry)
  • 1 head butter or romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 8 oz. imitation crab meat or cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 1 English (seedless) cucumber, thinly sliced (and peeled if not organic)
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 3 T pickled ginger, chopped (available in the Asian section of most supermarkets)

  • 3 T rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T light soy sauce
  • Wasabi powder to taste (start with 1/2 t)

Combine all ingredients for dressing in a small bowl and whisk ingredients together.

Optional garnishes:
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • 1 large sheet nori (seaweed), toasted and broken into small pieces

Divide clean, dry and chopped lettuce among four large bowls. Top with crab meat, avocado, cucumber, carrot, rice and ginger. Drizzle dressing over salads, then top with sesame seeds and nori.

Find the recipe here.

Nutrition info:
Calories: 199.2
Total Fat: 8.3 g (mostly good fat from the avocado)
Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
Sodium: 668.3 mg (from the soy sauce)
Total Carbs: 27.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g
Protein: 6.5 g

Would you try this salad?

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  • MACKMAMA2010
    yum - 6/27/2014   7:04:37 PM
  • 79
    Gonna have to try this one!! - 8/4/2012   1:28:20 PM
  • 78
    Sounds really good. I will give it a try! - 9/14/2010   1:46:11 PM
  • 77
    sounds yummy! - 1/6/2010   9:34:19 AM
    Looks very good.

    Californial rolls, in my opinion, usually are without fish, though. I'd make this without the fish, just some veggies.

    For the sodium, I'd cut the amount of light soy sauce in half and mix that with an equal amount of plain water with maybe some flavor of one of the Mrs. Dash blends shaken in. Doing this cuts the sodium but surprisingly the taste and consistency don't really suffer.

    Not quibbling, it is a great recipe. Thanks. - 1/6/2010   9:28:51 AM
  • 75
    This sounds really good! I think I will also add some edamame. - 6/9/2009   7:05:42 PM
  • 74
    Sounds interesting. Going out for my first sushi on Wednesday. - 3/22/2009   12:39:14 PM
    Can't wait to try this. I think I'll add a bit of lo fat mayo, for the creamy texture. Yummy! - 3/19/2009   2:58:15 AM
  • 72
    Sounds great - I love sushi. Any ideas on how to cut back on the sodium?? I have high blood pressure. - 2/8/2009   12:10:38 AM
  • KINGJA2355
    This sounds really good. I have just started liking california rolls. Thanks - 1/8/2009   5:29:26 PM
    yum, love sushi but can never find it around where i live going to have to give this a try. :) - 1/3/2009   7:33:41 AM
  • 69
    Oh wow, I love sushi, so I know I'm going to love this a lot...Thanks for the recipe! - 1/2/2009   8:56:54 AM
  • 68
    WOW! We absolutely love sushi, but I hate the time restraints making it - this will definately be made over our summer months (which is now) and I cant wait to make it - thanks for sharing :) - 12/28/2008   3:54:05 AM
  • 67
    I have just recently discovered that I like sushi, I can't wait to try this. - 11/13/2008   9:54:10 AM
    I'm going to try this - it will make a nice change from our usual fare! Thanks! - 11/12/2008   10:03:45 PM
  • 65
    Yum!. I'll try it sans the crab...should be great! - 11/12/2008   2:15:14 PM
    I think this is a great idea - regardless of one's tastes, turning your favorite sushi rolls into a salad opens up tons of possibilities, depending on what's in season. Awesome! - 11/12/2008   2:06:21 PM
  • 63
    I live in Florida, so not "into" C. Rolls. - 11/12/2008   1:58:03 PM
  • 62
    Sounds yummy! I'll have to try it this weekend. - 11/12/2008   11:47:38 AM
  • 61
    This sounds really really good. Am going to try this tonight. Forget the company! They can make their own. I love California Rolls anyhow. - 11/12/2008   10:49:31 AM
  • 60
    I made this last night, omitting the seafood and adding some edamame. YUMMY! My kids went at it like it was the best thing they ever tasted. They love sushi and would eat it every day if I made it, but this, I can make at least once a week. Thanks so much for this recipe. - 11/12/2008   9:21:52 AM
  • 59
    I've just recently discovered that I love sushi! I can't wait to try this recipe out!! - 11/12/2008   9:06:34 AM
    Sounds wonderful and love the calorie count! My Kids love sushi, so it will be something we can all eat! Thank you for sharing! - 11/12/2008   8:54:52 AM
  • 57
    Oh yum!! You bet I'd try this recipe.......I LOVE California rolls but in order to make them myself I have to purchase many of the needed items from a sushi store online with exception to what the stores in our area call "normal" food......and to be able to treat myself to them without making them I have to drive 90 miles *sigh* - 11/12/2008   8:21:02 AM
  • 56
    GREAT idea!!! - 11/12/2008   7:40:57 AM
  • 55
    I love California rolls, so this sounds very tasty. I will definitely be making a back to bring for my lunch during the week. I would probably cut back on the soy sauce though to reduce the sodium a bit - 11/12/2008   7:23:55 AM
  • 54
    I can't possibly have all that sodium--would probably skip the soy sauce. Sounds yummy, otherwise. - 11/12/2008   6:56:11 AM
  • 53
    I never thought to just put everything in a bowl. How wonderfull. - 11/12/2008   12:47:20 AM
  • 52
    I am going to try this. My husband will love it! - 11/11/2008   10:38:57 PM
  • 51
    Thanks for sharing. I love california rolls!! - 11/11/2008   9:24:50 PM
    I love california roll! This sounds great! - 11/11/2008   9:01:37 PM
    sounds good to me. i love the vegetable sushi rolls but have never been brave enough to try raw fish of any sort. This sounds like a healthy and tasty alternative. I'll diffinitely give it a try soon. Thanks! - 11/11/2008   7:46:49 PM
    Just as MDTWEETY said, sounds good but I don't eat shellfish. *A word of caution...if you are allergic to shellfish, avoid even imitation shellfish because it contains crab or lobster extract in most cases.* I love sushi with tuna and salmon that is devoid of shellfish, and my favorite is a Philadelphia Roll. Now, Stepfanie, can you come up with a salad that uses the ingredients for that one?! :o) - 11/11/2008   7:10:47 PM
  • 47
    Would be good, but I don't eat shellfish. Maybe I can make it with tuna or salmon though. - 11/11/2008   5:57:01 PM
  • TWINSMOM0429
    That sounds wonderful. I love California rolls and this is a must try. - 11/11/2008   4:00:15 PM
    This sounds so good! I'll be putting it together tonight since the DH is out of town (he cannot eat seafood). Thanks! - 11/11/2008   3:03:28 PM
    Thanks! I will definitely make this! I love sushi and sashimi, and this recipe will make it easy to have a similar eating experience at home without much work. I might even use some sashimi-grade raw tuna as an occasional substitute for shrimp. - 11/11/2008   1:51:24 PM
    Oh my gosh, that sounds fantastic. What a great idea! - 11/11/2008   12:58:32 PM
  • 42
    I'll try it and my daughter loves sushi so I'm sure she'll give it a try also. Thanks! - 11/11/2008   12:36:24 PM
  • 41
    Absolutely, what a great idea, it actually gives me more ideas for other types of salads...

    Thanks!! - 11/11/2008   12:16:06 PM
    No way... not for my tastebuds. :O) - 11/11/2008   11:57:11 AM
  • 39
    What a great idea! I love sushi (except I'm not real big on the ginger). But DH loves all of it, so I'm sure we'll try this soon! - 11/11/2008   11:49:39 AM
  • 38
    I'm definitely going to try this tonight! Thank you! - 11/11/2008   11:31:11 AM
  • 37
    Sounds delicious and in making my mouth water! It must be lunch time! Thank you. - 11/11/2008   11:11:10 AM
  • 36
    SOUNDS VERY TASTY YUMMY! - 11/11/2008   10:38:26 AM
    Yum, yum, yum. California Rolls are my weakness!! I can't wait to try this out. - 11/11/2008   10:35:15 AM
  • 34
    I like salads like these: take a favorite food and turn it into a salad! My favorite salad to date was based on my favorite hamburger: bacon and blue cheese! I've got the instructions for how to make it in my spark people blog...it's probably a couple pages back since I created it a couple months ago. I think that's what's for dinner tomorrow! Yay! - 11/11/2008   10:33:23 AM
  • 33
    I AM going to try this, sounds great and without the hassle of the rolling. My husband is gonna love it! - 11/11/2008   10:31:04 AM
  • 32
    This sounds delicious. The taste a sushi without the skill of rolling! - 11/11/2008   9:29:56 AM
    sounds yummy... i wish i had read this when it was warmer out. i have a hard time eating salad when it's cold out :)

    for any other celiac's out there, in case you didn't already know - soy sauce and imitation crab can contain gluten. i would suggest sticking with the shrimp, and using tamari instead of soy sauce. - 11/11/2008   9:03:49 AM

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