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Monday, February 29, 2016

Deconstructed Cucumber Sushi Roll Salad

Tired of paying $6 for a little handful of cucumber sushi rolls? Don't have the know-how or skills to make sushi at home? With this delightful recipe, you don't have to! In effect, this salad (a term that, officially, refers to any kind of cold dish) is just a deconstructed sushi roll, served on a plate.

Furikake is a kind of seasoning made from seaweed and other ingredients, often used for the purpose of flavoring rice in Japan. Yasai Fumi is a vegetable flavored version. I got mine at the local international market, but it's available from Amazon and from other places.

For the salad:
2/3 cup cooked white rice
1 cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped
pickled ginger slices (optional)
1 to 2 tbs Yasai Fumi furikake

For the dressing:
2 tbs soy sauce
1/4 tsp wasabi paste
1 tsp seasoned rice vinegar
pinch MSG (optional)

  • On your serving dish, make a bed of rice, and top it with the cucumbers. Garnish with the pickled ginger, if using. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, wasabi, vinegar and MSG. Use a fork or a small whisk to beat the mixture together, till the wasabi is smoothly incorporated.
  • Pour the wasabi mixture over the cucumbers and rice. Top the vegetables with furikake before serving. 

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