My kids all love sushi. To them, having sushi as an appetizer Shabbos lunch is a real luxury. While sushi is a fan favorite, I don’t feel that it has enough nutritional value as it is mostly rice. Furthermore, sushi rolls do not stay fresh enough from Friday until Shabbos lunch to make for an appetizing appetizer.
So, I have been preparing individual sushi salads as a Shabbos lunch appetizer, instead.
And, sushi salads eliminate most of the fussiness of rolling sushi. I can choose the proportions of each element in the sushi salad, favoring more vegetables and fish than rice and nori. The elements of the sushi salad can all be prepared in advance. Furthermore, they are all simple ingredients that I can use in different ways for the Friday night Shabbos dinner. And, best of all, once assembled on Shabbos morning, the individual sushi salad ingredients stay perfectly fresh, simply delicious and gorgeous until ready to serve.
1 cup sushi rice (I favor brown sushi rice) prepared in rice cooker
1/4 cup rice vinegar
baked or roasted salmon fillet, cubed or shredded
nori, cut into thin strips
1 medium avocado
1-2 zucchini or cucumber, diced or grated
1-2 Carrots, grated (optional)
Simple and Perfect Spicy Mayo
Prepare sushi rice in a rice cooker, using 1 cup of rice to 1 cup of water. Add 1/4 cup rice vinegar to prepared sushi rice.
Prepare salmon fillet. Cube or shred.
Cube avocado and place in a solution of 1 cup water with juice of one lemon.
Grate cucumber, zucchini and/or carrots.
Gently roll nori sheets and cut thin strips with scissors.
In a clear glass or plastic bowl, layer cooked rice, salmon, nori, avocado, cucumber and carrot. Drizzle spicy mayo on top and garnish with thin strips of nori drizzle of spicy mayo.
For Shabbos lunch, prepare salmon, rice and grated vegetables before Shabbos. Store each ingredient separately in a zipper bag. Prepare Simple and Perfect Spicy Mayo and store in 16-oz wide-mouth squeeze bottles or 24-oz wide mouth squeeze bottles.
Before assembling, mix sushi rice with rice vinegar. Cut or shred salmon. Cube avocado and place in a solution of 1 cup water with juice of one lemon.
In a clear glass or plastic bowl, layer cooked rice, salmon, nori, avocado, cucumber and carrot. Drizzle spicy mayo on top and garnish with thin strips of nori and drizzle of spicy mayo.
For Pesach, substitute quinoa for the sushi rice and cider vinegar for the rice vinegar.
Use clear glass or plastic bowl and overlap thin strips of nori on top, creating an x or star for an impressive presentation.