Vegan Sushi Rolls with Asian Dipping Sauce




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Developing recipes is a lot of fun. I get ideas from all different sources.  Whether it be from cookbooks, doctors, famous chefs, cooking shows, or just in my mind, there is no shortage of inspiration! This time I received an idea from “spirit!”…i.e., Medical Medium’s “download!”  He uses dates and cauliflower rice for one of his salads.  I tweaked the recipe to make it a “sticky” cauliflower rice for this sushi recipe.  The sweetness, not to mention the healthy benefits, will make you and your kids super happy! 



  • 4 oz. cauliflower florets
  • 1 medjool date, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, pitted, roughly chopped
  • Red and yellow bell pepper, sliced into super thin slices
  • 1 small avocado, seeded, flesh removed and diced to ¼” pieces
  • Nori Sheet

Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 TB orange juice (Valencia oranges are the best)
  • 1½ tsp. 50% less sodium Tamari
  • 2 tsp. Tahini


Make the Sushi Rolls:

1- In the bowl of a food processor add cauliflower and soaked and chopped date.  Pulse until cauliflower is the size of rice and date is combined.  Remove mixture and place in a bowl.

2- Place the square nori sheet on a sushi mat, or on a piece of plastic wrap, shiny side down.  With a spoon, spread a very thin layer of the cauliflower rice on the nori, leaving ¼” border all around.

3- Place a narrow (½” thick) row of sliced bell pepper, on the side of the Nori nearest you, on top of the rice from left to right.  Add pieces of avocado on top of the row of vegetables.

4- Roll the sushi:  With your hands, pick up the Nori from the bottom and roll the Nori, encasing the mixture, as tightly as you can, until it is completely rolled. Use a little bit of water on your finger, and paint the end of the roll so that it will stick the sides together.

5- With a very sharp knife, carefully slice through the sushi roll to make ½” slices.

For the Dipping Sauce

1- Place all the ingredients in a measuring cup and whisk until combined.

To Serve:

Place the sushi pieces on a small serving plate surrounding the sauce, and provide chopsticks for your guests.

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