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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Sounds yummy! Report
I love sushi and find it hard to get where we are stationed overseas...so this sounds really great and easy to make! I'd try it!!! Great sub for sushi. Report
Sounds wonderful! I think I'll try it this week! Report
YES. All the tastes without all the work of putting sushi together. Report
Yuck, I don't like seafood or ginger so won't be trying this one. Report
This sounds great. I will have to save it and try it. Report
Good recipe for those of us who LOVE sushi, lots of vitamins and minerals and so good for you. And, yes, it is really good for you and the fish is cooked in this particular dish. Yum!!! Report
I would eat this in a heartbeat! Thanks for the tip. I love California rolls. Report
Boy does this sound good and easy. Will have to try it this coming weekend. Report
This sounds really good. For years I wouldn't even consider trying sushi, and now I love it! Report
Wasabi is green Japanese "horseradish." You can buy it in a tube or as a powder. Here in Washington State I can buy it in any supermarket...ymmv. Report
Never had sushi, but I would try this. It helps that the meat is cooked. Report
What is Wasabi ?? Report
This is great - I never thought of doing this and I LOVE SUSHI!!! Report
Looking forward to trying this! Report
Not just sugar for sushi rice, but also rice wine vinegar -- which I see is included in the dressing, so MMMM! :D hehehehe. Maybe you can include a bit of sugar in the dressing to get that flavor.

I've seen short grain brown rice (which is what would be the brown rice equivalent to sushi rice) for sale at the local health food store and asian food stores, but not at any other grocery stores.

Glutinous rice is sticky rice, and comes in white and brown, but sushi rice is not glutinous, just short grain. I think the fact that it forms together comes more from the short grain and preparation.

I sometimes roll my own sushi (but not with raw fish so far! Veggie, cooked tuna, smoked salmon, and imitation crab are the fillings I have tried to date), but this would be very nice for a more convenient meal to make! :D Report
I think i am going to try and make this with lettuce as wraps as someone else has stated. I think this sounds great. Report
Absolutely, my family loves California rolls and this would definitely be easier to make plus everyone can adjust their bowls to their own taste.

Thanks. Report
KSTYLE281, you must be looking at the older version of the recipe. She forgot to put the rice in the instructions at SparkRecipes. Here at Daily Spark she did put the rice in and she also increased the soy sauce for the dressing from 1 T to 2 T. Report
For sushi grade brown rice I've always just added more water to make it "sticky" and then of course you add 1 T of sugar to the rice to make it sushi rice. Most people don't realize that the little bit of sugar makes a huge difference in the taste of sushi. Report
Hells yeah! It sounds delicious, though I would omit the fake crab meat since I'm a vegetarian & maybe add small bits of diced tofu instead. Mmm! Thanks for the great recipe! Report
Has anyone here hear of sushi grade brown rice. My husband makes the best California Rolls ever but we always use the white sticky rice. I saw on a recipe rating on a different recipe and the person refers to "sushi grade brown rice" I'm wondering what that is and where to get it if it is the sticky version of brown? Report
Sounds delicious Report
Sounds delicious! I love california rolls. Im going to make this tonight, but as lettuce wraps. Report
It sounds WONDERFUL!!! I'm hoping to whip some up tonight... we might forgo the lettuce though. Thank you for sharing!!! Report
We make "sushi bowls" because we LOVE sushi at our house but leave the rolling to the professionals. ;~) Without the lettuce, we make sushi style rice (not just plain cooked rice), and add a few shakes of JFC Rice Seasoning in Nori or Wasabi flavor.
and it is good, yumm Report
Sounds good, except the recipe doesn't say where to add the rice, I think I can figure that out my own. Since I'm vegetarian, I'll just not add any seafood but everything else is great! Report
Yummy! Report
Oh, this sounds good cuz we love Calf. rolls here in my house. Thanks for the idea!! Report
I just made something like this last night but without the lettuce. It was SOOOO good! Report
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