Deconstructed Sushi Bowl


We’re big sushi fans around here, but haven’t had it in a while, which must be why I was inspired to create a sushi-style meal without all the rolling and seaweed and raw fish. This sushi bowl tastes exactly. like. sushi. The only things I wish I had on hand were a sheet of nori to crumble and mix in, and some freshly grated ginger. But, you work with what ya got, which is what I did here.


2 cups brown rice, which I cooked in the rice cooker, then cooled

1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks

2 cups shredded carrots

1 avocado, diced and “preserved” with a squirt of lemon juice

4oz smoked salmon, cut into bite sized pieces

1 tsp sesame seeds


Soy sauce

Rice wine vinegar

Sesame oil


I cooked the rice in water, but added a splash of soy sauce and sesame oil to infuse the rice with some flavor. Once the rice was cooked and cooled, I tossed in all other ingredients. I used smoked salmon because I wasn’t about to handle raw fish and it has a similar texture while adding that salty flavor of sushi.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do any measurements for the dressing. Pour a few tablespoons of vinegar and a few teaspoons of sesame oil into the rice salad mixture, then gradually add soy sauce to taste, checking as you go to make sure it’s not too salty. Toss to coat. Serve chilled, and top with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Funk and I both agreed it took care of our sushi craving since it really tasted just like we were eating sushi!


  1. Posted August 16, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Yummy! That looks delicious! I’ll have to give it a try.

  2. Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    I am a big fan of sushi as well. I find it difficult to roll the sushi so this idea is just so perfect for me. What other condiments do you think I can include in the dressing?

  3. Janel
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    You could try adding fresh ginger and/or wasabi!

  4. Posted September 7, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Nice recipe Janel!! If you keep the avocado to a small portion –about 1/4 of the avocado per person-(I know, hard to do….sometimes!) the recipe is low FODMAP!

  5. Janel
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad! It’s a great at-home sushi style meal.

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