Sushi Salad Bowls

I could eat sushi every night. There's something about it that's healthy and light but feels so satisfying. There are a couple of problems with restaurant sushi; it's expensive and leftovers don't keep well. These sushi salad bowls are the solution to these problems.

 Sushi Salad Bowls| Vegan and gluten free. | Loveleaf Co.

Incredibly versatile, sushi salad bowls are a #sundaymealprep dream come true. At the beginning of the week, simply prep some vegetables (we used asparagus, sliced radishes, grated carrots, and sliced peppers), cook a batch of sushi rice, and whip up a simple soy sauce vinaigrette. Complete the meal by adding some protein, if desired. Really any type would be great: fish, shrimp, chicken, pork - or go vegan with tofu or tempeh. Add some avocado (mandatory in my book), and lunch or dinner is served for the week.

I tried my hand at avocado roses this week. Thanks to Lisa over at Healthy Nibbles and Bits for walking me through it. I'm going to keep practicing...

 Sushi Salad Bowls| Vegan and gluten free. | Loveleaf Co.

Sushi Salad Bowls

INGREDIENTS

SUSHI RICE

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or sugar or liquid sweetener of choice for vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

SOY VINAIGRETTE

SUSHI BOWLS

  • 1 bunch of asparagus (about 16 spears), hard part of stem removed and sliced in half
  • 1 small bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 avocado
  • nori, lightly roasted, crumbled or cut into thin strips, for serving (see notes)
  • pickled ginger for serving
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook the rice. Cook the rice according to package instructions. Once cooked, stir in the vinegar, liquid sweetener, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the bowls. Add 1/4 of the cooked rice to each bowl. Then add 1/4 of the vegetables, saving the avocado and pickled ginger for last. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of the black sesame seeds, some nori, and a drizzle of dressing.

NOTES

Nori sheets can be bought pre-roasted. You can also use roasted seaweed snacks that you'll find at places like Trader Joes or Asian markets (wasabi flavor is my favorite).

If saving the bowls to eat throughout the week, keep the ingredients stored in separate containers in the fridge and assemble just before eating.