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Simple Raw Food Recipes Now: Raw Vegan Sushi

by Brian Greco

Raw Vegan Sushi Rolls

Are you getting started with raw foods? Need some new recipes for your healthy diet? Or, maybe you’re an old-timer looking for something to spice up your menu?

Well if you’ve ever wanted:

* Savory raw recipes that are still lower in fat
* A gourmet treat for guests or “non-raw” friends
* New ideas for Asian-inspired raw food cuisine
* Or simply some creative vegan dishes

… here’s your solution.

Raw vegan sushi is an all-time favorite that is sure to be a hit for a special dinner, at raw food potlucks, or to share with your friends and family.

You will need the following:

#1: Wrap

First off, what will hold together your ingredients?

There are two main options:

* Raw greens. To keep things simple, you can choose romaine lettuce, collard leaves, or another favorite green of your choice. Make sure to select leaves that are large enough to house your vegetables and other seasonings.

* Raw nori wraps, which will give you a more “authentic” sushi taste and texture. Untoasted nori is available at most health food stores and even regular supermarkets.

Set up your working space with a clean cutting board and knife, and place your wraps on the board – ready to be filled. Let’s continue.

#2: Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are the heart of your sushi.

Possibilities are endless:

* Fruit-vegetables: tomato, cucumber, zucchini, summer squash, baby eggplant, okra
* Root vegetables: carrots, radish, beet, daikon, celeriac
* Cabbages: purple cabbage, green cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli
* More: celery, sprouts, baby greens, shallots, chives

Add in a couple from each category or simply use what you have in the kitchen. Just rinse, peel, and chop them finely to include in your sushi rolls.

#3: Savory Seasonings

Many healthy ingredients are available to make your recipe pop with flavor.

Some recommendations:

* Sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, or a raw salsa
* Avocado slices, or a spoonful of fresh almond paté
* Savory raw dressings made of fruits and vegetables

And if you are not concerned with hygienic rules or just want to splurge:

* Diced fresh ginger, onion, or garlic
* Olives, pickled ginger, or fermented vegetables
* A bit of tamari, wasabi, or other sauce

After assembling wrap and vegetable base of your rolls, top with your choice of seasonings and roll up each wrap tightly, using a little water on the edge to seal if necessary.

Carefully slice the rolls into bite-size pieces (with a very sharp, clean knife). Arrange on a platter and enjoy!

Here are 3 more tips for better sushi:

* Don’t overstuff each roll. Play around with different proportions of vegetables and fillings.

* Vary your fillings. Try making a couple different flavors of sushi rolls to keep things interesting.

* Have your recipe handy! Be prepared for some awesome feedback from any friends who try this.

Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.

This recipe has been inspired by the must-have recipe e-book for health enthusiasts, 7 Gourmet Raw Vegan Recipes Everyone Should Know. Gain access to this e-book and more exclusive content with the Raw Vegan Mentor Club.

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets.