Sometimes a meal just leaves you feeling better, happier, and more energized after you eat it. Nothing beats that feeling! That was exactly the case with these super healthy vegetarian nori sushi rolls. I can’t even imagine the nutrients in these raw rainbow rolls! Superfoods like seaweed and chia, plus a rainbow of brightly colored raw vegetables and greens left me feeling absolutely amazing after this super nutritious lunch.
We’ve been getting a bunch of rain lately, which is basically causing the garden to explode with color and life. Kale, chard, fennel, lemons, herbs, and greens are absolutely bursting out of the raised beds. It’s time to put them all to good use!
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If you have any willingness to do it, gardening is one of the most rewarding things that you can do as a home cook. Ingredients that make a meal so expensive if you have to shop for them each individually suddenly make recipes like these practically free! It’s having a garden that inspires so many of the recipes here at Tasting Everything. From the Homemade Limoncello and Crazy Easy Preserved Lemons to the “Salmon Tartare” Kale Salad and the Quick and Easy Tamales with Spicy Tomato Sauce, the Oven Dried Tomatoes and the Olive Oil Preserved (Confit) Eggplant, the Basil Oil, and the Clear Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, it’s the garden that provides the majority of food and inspiration over here!
I always have nori in the pantry (if you keep it in a sealed container or ziploc in a cool, dry, dark place, it pretty much lasts forever), and then beyond that, I used a little pre-made aioli and some spices. Otherwise, this was nearly all just stuff I pulled out of the garden.
What you put in these rolls can totally change with your preferences, so if you don’t like or have access to nice chard or kale, you can simply leave it out or substitute salad greens or spinach that you like!
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Back to the rolls! I love the seaweed wrap because it’s so healthy and easy to use. Though I’m a huge fan of rice noodles and rice paper wrappers, seaweed is basically carb-free, has practically zero calories, and has nutrients that you pretty much can’t find anywhere else. It’s also really easy to roll! You don’t need to soak it or anything. You just wet the end where you want it to stick, and that’s it! The edges don’t really tuck in nicely, but I like rolls where you have odds and ends pushing out. They just look more vibrant and alive!
Definitely don’t skip the aioli! Creamy and bright, it’s the perfect counterbalance the the crisp and crunchy vegetables. If you’re vegan, feel free to substitute a vegan mayo that you like. If you really want to avoid it, just make sure you squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice into your salad rolls for that extra touch of acidity. (That’s one of those top five easiest ways to take your flavors to the next level.)
Raw Rainbow Vegetarian Nori Sushi Garden Rolls
- 4 sheets nori
- ¼ red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced or shredded
- ½ cucumber, cut in wedges
- ½ cup shredded kale, chard, spinach, or any salad greens
- ½ avocado, sliced thinly
- 4-6 chives (or 1-2 scallions thinly sliced)
- 3-4 leaves mint, thinly sliced
- 6-8 leaves basil, thinly sliced
- ½ cup prepared aioli, mayo, or mayo substitute
- 1 Tbs curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp paprika
- juice of ½ lemon or lime
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt, pepper
- Heat a small saute pan and add the spices. Toast gently until they begin to release their aroma 1-2 minutes
- Immediately remove from heat and let cool
- Mix all ingredients, season to taste.
- Lay the nori flat on a clean work surface
- Spread a thin layer of curry aioli across the nori.
- Layer the filling across the nori on top of the aioli.
- Spread a layer of water across the edge of the nori farthest from you.
- Gently roll toward the wet edge, pulling tightly as you go. Use the edge with water to seal the roll.
- Cut into thirds, drizzle with aioli, and enjoy!
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