Friday, January 3, 2014

California Roll Sushi Salad With Wasabi Soy Sauce Dressing

Want to make the most amazing salad in the world... NAY..universe?
Okay...people who don't like sushi may not agree with me here BUT... in my opinion it's pretty hard to beat a salad that is this ridiculously tasty.
It's like eating a massive plate of sushi.
Yeah. Exciting, right? 
But wait, it gets better!
(According to Myfitnesspal) The nutritional count is fantastic too! For half of the recipe, yes, I said HALF of the entire recipe, it is: 240 calories, 30 carbs, 13 fat, 19 protein, and 9 fiber.  
Trust me when I say a portion of this is a HUMONGOUS portion. Don't take my word for it though - make it, it only takes a few minutes, and try it for yourself!

California Roll Sushi Salad With Wasabi Soy Sauce Dressing

1 tsp wasabi paste
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp sesame oil

4 cups raw, torn spinach
1 small head cauliflower, shredded
1 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup carrot, shredded
1 avocado, pitted and diced
1 (113g drained) can crab meat
10 Seaweed Snack Chips (or 1 Nori sheet) cut into pieces
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

In a small bowl, whisk together wasabi paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.
Dived the spinach between 2 serving plates. 
Top each with half of the "riced" cauliflower. 
Then top each with half the cucumber, carrot, avocado, and crab meat. 
You can make it look fancy schmancy like this...

Or, leave it simpler like this (I put half in a container for my lunch the following day) ....

Finally, sprinkle each with half of the toasted sesame seeds and drizzle with half of the dressing. Serve immediately. (If you want to have it for the next day as well, simply place the dressing in a separate container until ready to serve.

The dressing really makes it sushi-like. 
By using the shredded cauliflower instead of rice you might think it would take away from the sushi feel of the salad. 
Honestly, you would never know it wasn't rice. If you want to you could steam it for a few minutes to soften it and make it even more rice-like but that is totally NOT necessary. The response I got from all of my taste testers was "Oh my gosh, it tastes like sushi!"
Yup. It does.
*high five*


  1. Just want to make sure the recipe is - raw, torn spinach... (word got missed in the ingredients list).
    Great job - love all the recipes!

    1. Thank you for catching that - I fixed it. Yes, it is raw, torn spinach!! :)

  2. This looks wonderful! The dressing and use of cauliflower is so different. I tried a similar recipe once, but your dressing puts it to shame. Can't wait to try this one!

    1. By the way, visiting from See Ya in the Gumbo and pinning to my salad board.

    2. Thank you so much Denise :) We hope you like it!

  3. Great salad, Jo and Sue. Hope your new year is off to a good start! Cheers

    1. Thank you Carole :) Happy New Years to you!!

  4. Oh, did this one really pop out for me! I pinned it all over the place and I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing and Happy New Year!

    1. Aaaw! Thank you so much. We hope you like it :)

  5. I am loving this...even before I read about the calorie count. Flavors of CA rolls without having to roll, which I'm no good with. Thank you for sharing. Looks like a fantastic, jealousy-inducing lunch.

    1. Thanks Michelle :) I tried making sushi once and it was a disaster lol. The salad version is definitely much easier!

  6. I am always looking for a new recipe and this sure does fit the bill. I love CA rolls and your CA Sushi salad looks great., I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick