Sushi pretty much never disappoints. There just is something about the combination of rice, veggies, soy sauce, seaweed and fish that makes this simple meal so delicious and addictive! However, making it at home is really tough and a lot of work… and I mean, when you are hungry, you don‘t want to spend an eternity in the kitchen, right? So this recipe is a simplified, messier version of sushi for all those who prefer a quicker and still as delicious version of the Japanese classic!
What is special about this dish?
Well, first of all it is neither traditional sushi, nor is it a regular salad. It is a crossover of these two foods and the result? Heaven! In addition to that, we also are not making this pescatarian but we are not using fish at all. How can it still be this tasty? With a vegan version of fish!
In addition, this recipe is super versatile! Really, you can add to it whatever you like and whatever you have at home! The ingredients in the recipe here are an inspiration or an example if what you can add! Fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya or even strawberry would taste great! Also any kind of veggie – from cucumber over asparagus to edamame beans – can be added to this salad/ bowl!
Yes! If you have read the November Top 6 or my recent recipes, you have already heard of Vegan Zeastar! If you haven’t, let me tell you about it! Vegan Zeastar is a brand that opts to replace regular seafood with a vegan, environmentally friendly alternative. Their products are made out of plant-starch and you can find the in the frozen section in supermarkets (in Austria you can find them at SPAR).
Previously I have made one recipe with their vegan shrimpz, which you can find here and it was simply amazing!! The shrimpz in my opinion are a great alternative to ‚regular‘ shrimpz because they, in my opinion, taste extremely similar. The tuna or salmon do not taste that similar I believe, however I still want to share them because they are a great alternative for vegans wanting a fish substitute. If you do eat fish though, do not expect it to taste exactly the same. Still, I love using this vegan ‚fish‘ as a plant based and environmentally friendly alternative to regular fish! If I were you, I would just give it a try!
Is this dish healthy?
Yesso! It at least definitely is not unhealthy. Since we are adding so many fruits and vegetables to this meal, it contains a hole bunch of vitamins and minerals. Depending on which ones you use, obviously the nutritional value varies. Anyway it probably contains a bunch of fibre & vitamins that‘ll keep your digestion going and your body functions strong and healthy!
In addition, the rice is a great source of carbohydrates, making sure we have got enough energy, and it also works as a protein source! The peanut butter in the dressing also add some healthy, unsaturated fats and protein to the dish, making it perfectly balanced!
How to make this dish?
Contrary to regular sushi, this is super simpel to make, you don’t make a mess and it‘s quick! All it really comes down to is cooking the rice, chopping the fruits and veggies and mixing the sauce! Preparing sushi rice is a little different from regular rice but still super easy! You should not use regular rice but rather a sushi rice. You can find this at pretty much any supermarket and the taste is just different. For an authentic salad, use sushi rice (for a healthier version, you could use brown rice too!) First, you need to bring it to a boil with twice the amount of water, then reduce to a simmer and let simmer until all water is absorbed. Now let it sit for 4-5 minutes until it is soft and fluffy. So far, same as with regular rice. But now comes the difference: we mix some rice vinegar with a little sugar and salt and mix it into the rice. This really adds the sushi flavour! Now you can already mix the ingredients for the dressing and peel and chop the veggies and fruits. Plus, cut the vegan zalmon sashimi into bite-sized pieces and mix it all through! Serve with some fresh herbs and fresh fruits! Enjoyyy!!
The Easy Version of Sushi: Vegan Zalmon & Peanut Sushi Salad
An easy version of sushi that is at least as delicious: sushi turned into a salad! Delicious, comforting, healthy goodness!
What you will need
- 1 package Vegan Zeastar Zalmon Sashimi thawed at room temperature
- 120 g sushi rice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp (rice) vinegar
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 mango
- 1/2 avocado
- 4 handful salad
- 2 nori sheets
- sriracha or chili sauce to serve
- peanuts to serve
For the peanut dressing:
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey/ maple
- 1/2 lime (juiced)
Start by adding the sushi rice to a pot along with twice the amount of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let simmer until the water has absorbed (for about 8-10 minutes). Then turn down the heat to very low and let sit for another 3-4 minutes. Mix the vinegar with sugar and salt and mix into the rice. let cool for about 5-10 minutes.
Cut the Zalmon Sashimi into about 1cm sized cubes. Peel the mango and avocado and cut into bite-sized pieces. Also chop the cucumber and wash the salad.
Mix all the ingredients for the dressing and cut the nori sheets into thin strips (this works best with a scissor)
Once everything is ready, mix it in a large bowl with the dressing! Serve with fresh lime, cilantro, peanuts and chili sauce and enjoy!
I genuinely hope that you will enjoy this recipe and it‘ll bring you some summery, happy flavours throughout those grey and cloudy days! I would love to know how you like it, so feel free to leave me a comment or text me on Instagram!
Have fun cooking,
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière