California Roll in a Bowl

California Roll in a Bowl

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 199.1
  • Total Fat: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
  • Sodium: 668.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 27.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g
  • Protein: 6.5 g

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Introduction

Delicious and easy, this salad combines all of my favorite sushi ingredients in one bowl! And, because it's based on a California roll, it uses fully cooked seafood. Delicious and easy, this salad combines all of my favorite sushi ingredients in one bowl! And, because it's based on a California roll, it uses fully cooked seafood.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    Salad:
    1 cup brown rice, cooked (1/2 c dry)
    1 head butter or romaine lettuce, chopped
    8 oz. imitation crab meat or cooked shrimp, chopped
    1 English (seedless) cucumber, thinly sliced (and peeled if not organic)
    1 ripe avocado, diced
    1 carrot, grated
    3 T pickled ginger, chopped (available in the Asian section of most supermarkets)

    Dressing:
    3 T rice wine vinegar
    1 T light soy sauce
    Wasabi powder to taste (start with 1/2 t)

    Garnishes:
    1 T sesame seeds
    1 large sheet nori (seaweed), toasted and broken into small pieces


Tips

This is a great way to introduce friends and family to the taste of sushi. Add slivered sushi ginger, bits of nori (seaweed), and sesame seeds to make it even more authentic.


Directions

Combine all ingredients for dressing in a small bowl and whisk ingredients together.

Divide clean, dry and chopped lettuce among four large bowls. Top with crab meat, avocado, cucumber, carrot and ginger. Drizzle dressing over salads, then top with sesame seeds and nori.

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  • Very Good
    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
    I make a similar salad with quinoa instead of brown rice and baked salmon instead of crab. It's really fantasic - tasty, easy to prepare, and a great way to use leftover salmon. - 11/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Wow! This is great! I so much enjoy having the tastes of California Roll in a bowl! I've made it with scallops and chicken, too. All good. - 4/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Exactly like California rolls - very fresh! I used 3 sheets of nori toasted over the stove, and I also toasted the sesame seeds for a nuttier flavor. You could also double up on the dressing & crab for a stronger taste. Best if eaten immediately, or it gets rather soggy. - 11/25/08

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely wonderful! Perfect for an Orthodox Christian fasting day menu and perfect to fix for guests during a Lenten period! (I used one can of shrimp, drained and one can of lump crab, drained.) - 7/15/09

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  • 10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I didn't see a mention of the rice in instructions. Does the rice get layered on the lettuce before the rest of the ingredients? - 11/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    OMG! This is sooooo delicious!!!! Everybody loved it including picky husband and 9 year old. Leaves a wonderful taste in your mouth for quite awhile. I will definitly be making this again!!!! (I'm thinking summertime after a swim!) Thank you so much for this recipe!!!!! - 1/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Oh my gosh, this was delicious! I will definitely be making this again. I have rice wine and rice vinegar in the house...I wasn't sure which to use so I used the rice wine and it was delicious! - 1/7/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    amazing!!! YUM. I've been trying to make my own sushi rolls and this has all the flavor and none of the hassle. Definitely a crowd pleaser as my family loved it too. Thanks!! - 12/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    OMG! LOVED it! What a great idea. This will definitely enter rotation at our sushi lovin' house. Much healthier and much much cheaper! - 1/6/09

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was so good! I've never had sushi or calofornia rolls but thought htese were delicious! definitely a keeper! - 11/29/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    YUM!!! Will definitely make this one again. - 1/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Loved this! I added extra ginger and nori, and we both loved it! - 1/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    THIS WAS FABULOUS!!!!! I COULD EAT IT EVERY DAY - 1/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Excellent. Everyone in the family loved this - 1/11/09

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  • O.K.
    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I love california rolls - this just tastes like vinegar :-( - 12/19/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I really like this! I mixed ginger into the dressing. - 11/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I loved this! I have made it with and without the lettuce b/c I ran out. It is good both ways! YUM! - 2/11/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    And I'm a sushi lover! - 1/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic! - 1/9/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Yum. Healthy and easy. Great to pack for night shift. Thanks for sharing - 1/4/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night and loved it - a great healthy treat. I recommend toasting the sesame seeds (you can do this easily by sprinkling them on a sheet of foil and popping it in your toaster oven) for great nutty flavor. Will try again later with scallops in place of shrimp. - 11/19/08

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Nice take off on the california roll. - 11/24/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    my husband loved this! i think i might have scored some ponts - 11/18/08

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  • 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this for lunch on Saturday and Sunday!!!!
    Super Yummy!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    - 11/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is excellent! I am always trying to get my husband out to sushi, now I make it at home! - 3/4/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made the dressing w/o wasabi & crumbled the entire pkg of imitation crabmeat/shrimp (12 oz) into the dressing to soak flavor before adding it to the salad. I omitted the rice and it was substantial, even for my husband! This will be a go-to dinner when I'm short on time and want something healthy! - 11/14/08

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Really tatses like sushi!!

    I didn't love it on romaine lettuce, will go with another when i make this great meal again. Love the fact i can make a big batch (without lettuce) and just store it for people to eat as they wish.
    - 9/7/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Made this for dinner last dinner...cool and refreshing for summer! Love sushi! - 7/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great! And I easily made it vegetarian by simply eliminating the crab/shrimp (and certainly reduced the calories/fat as well, though I haven't calculated the savings yet. - 5/31/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was SOOOOOOOO freaking good! I just had today for lunch. I didn't have any ginger, nori, wasabi powder, or carrots but I added some thinly sliced tomato to mine. I had it with a side of miso soup... I think I'll have it again for dinner tonight! It was just so delicious! - 2/18/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    With a little bit of tweeking, I'm allergic to shellfish, I loved this recipe - 11/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe for my family and it was so good. I added shiitake mushrooms which I had sliced and marinated in the dressing. It was incredible. - 11/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    YES!! Delicious and great for quick lunch - 11/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This salad was absolutely amazing. I've made it four times in the last two weeks... I'm pretty sure I could eat this every day!! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe! - 10/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    sounds delicious! - 5/30/09

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Sounds yummy - - 5/30/09

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    OMG I have got to try this!!! - 2/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    You are my hero. (No lie) - 2/26/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    sounds good. - 2/24/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This has just been added to my list for the week. It sounds FABULOUS!!!! What a great idea!!!! - 1/11/09

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Wow how good is this. Love sushi this makes having it fun, easy, and healthy. The best of all worlds. - 1/4/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Not that's a salad custom-made for us sushi lovers! Thanks for sharing! - 1/4/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Ooooh! Sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it - 1/4/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    absolutely LOVE this idea. fantastic! i always crave sushi but don't want to make it at home and sometimes want it and dont' feel like going to pick it up. now we have a healthy, easy to make at home option! thanks so much! - 1/4/09

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds like something I would make ... I'm not a fan of sushi, but I may try this instead. - 1/4/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    love this idea. I'd make it with some tuna or salmon too. - 11/11/08

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  • Yummers! - 12/3/17

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  • It was okay. - 11/12/17

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  • hubby like it - 10/22/17

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  • Great- very easy and tasty. - 10/17/17

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  • great idea - 10/2/17

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  • Great dish!!! Easy to adjust for different tastes!!! - 9/10/17

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  • Easy to prepare and delicious! - 9/8/17

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  • I'm a sushi lover so this is perfect! - 8/29/17

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  • I left out the wasabi - 8/24/17

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  • So Easy. - 8/19/17

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  • Looks healthy. - 8/19/17

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  • Thank you. Not something we would eat though. - 8/16/17

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  • Be sure to soak the Nori. - 8/2/17

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  • Great! - 6/21/17

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  • - 6/6/17

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  • Going to try this! - 6/5/17

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  • yummy - 5/31/17

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  • Nice! - 5/25/17

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  • I have never had any type of roll or salad in a bowl, but this one looks good. I am still on the fence as to whether I want to try this or not. I will report back if and when I do. - 5/24/17

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  • love it !!! - 5/21/17

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  • Healthy eating! - 5/15/17

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  • Yes indeed. - 4/8/17

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  • This is a really tasty recipe. I love the combination of foods. I will be using this often. - 3/29/17

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  • This is excellent. - 3/29/17

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  • good - 3/29/17

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  • cant wiat to try this, will update it! once i do! looks good! - 3/28/17

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  • I just may trip this one. - 3/28/17

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  • This looks amazing. - 3/28/17

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  • This is really good! Refreshing, filling, and now hubby requests it often! - 3/20/17

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  • My family loved this. Will be making it again. Nice warm-weather light meal. - 3/16/17

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  • I love this California role in a bowl recipe! Yummy! - 3/14/17

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  • yummy - 2/6/17

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  • This is a great idea! Because I can't eat shrimp or crab, I substituted leftover grilled salmon - - very tasty & filling! - 10/29/16

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  • Very good! - 9/28/16

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  • Very good - 2/26/16

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  • Sadly I can't give this a good rating. I love California rolls, but this tasted funny. I tested all my ingredients before, and nothing was bad, but combined it tasted odd. I will probably not make this again. - 7/5/15

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  • i've made something similar using smoked salmon and light cream cheese. so good!!! i also add a little sriracha, cilantro, chives or onions and lime...it's almost like a sushi guacamole salad. - 5/18/15

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  • I love this. A nice way to have "sushi" without going out. I like to bring it to work with me. I have yet to try it with the dressing but it tastes just as good without especially if the rice is still warm :) - 3/2/15

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  • My husband, who hates sushi, really loved this and at it instead of what I made him for dinner. - 12/22/14

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  • Thank you for this recipe! My husband and I both loved it. Waaay less expensive than going out for sushi, and I control the macros. Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys sushi. Next time, I'll add more pickled ginger to mine. Yummy! - 8/7/14

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  • I made it with leftover salmon, but NO CUCUMBERS, hate to even look at those slices. The recipe is easy to do, easy for guests, good idea! - 7/29/14

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  • This sounds and looks amazing! I'm going for that but going to keep it low carb without the rice. - 7/29/14

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  • I was shocked at how much this actually tasted like sushi. Yum! - 7/4/14

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  • I made this tonight & we loved it! I had to make a few changes - couldn't find nori in my small midwestern town - so left that off. Also - the recipe does not tell you where to put the rice - I put it on bottom of the bowl. Also couldn't find pickled ginger - used fresh ginger roo. - 6/29/14

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  • This looks really yummy. I'm making it tonight, but I'm using just plain soy sauce as a dressing, because I'm lazy
    - 4/7/14

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  • when we have family sushi night this is almost always how I fix mine. You can really scale back the calories if you need to by cutting the rice. Sometimes I leave it out completely. And, I use either the bagged coleslaw or brocolli slaw to replace it and add lots of satisfying crunch. - 2/25/14

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  • Simply delicious! Didn't change a thing. - 2/16/14

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  • Excellent. I added a bit more crab and it was even better.
    - 12/10/13

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  • This was amazing. I mixed a little wasabi with a T of low fat ginger dressing and was delish. I am a sushi fan and this was a perfect replacement. Wow!! - 11/17/13

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  • LOVED THIS RECIPE!!! - 6/4/13

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  • This is fantastic. I made one batch of dressing with 1/2 tea wasabi and another with 1 1/2. Everyone was happy. It is 90 degrees out and this dish hits the spot. We live in Mexico and all the sushi here is made with cream cheese Ugh- This dish is light and refreshing while being very satisfying - 4/23/13

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  • Loved it! For the dressing, I increased to two tablespoons of soy sauce and a splash of the pickled ginger juice for the dressing. It definitely tastes like a California roll! - 4/9/13

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  • Awesome!!!! - 1/21/13

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  • This salad is great!! Even my 8 year old daughter loves it. I haven't made it in a while, but I will this weekend for sure. - 9/12/12

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