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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Sushi In A Bowl- A Perfect Summer Meal

It's summer, it's hot, and I want easy light meals. 
One of our easy favorites? It looks like a salad but it is actually 
Sushi in a bowl -

Why a bowl of sushi verses sushi rolls?  

a person scooping rice out of a bowl
I like to try to roll it but it takes too much time and effort

 Instead, I simply assemble many of the sushi ingredients and eat them in a bowl. You get all the taste and flavor without the hard work!  

a bowl of white rice with black sesame seeds

It is delicious topped with some gluten-free soy or tamari sauce, gluten-free peanut sauce or even some salad dressing of choice.(There is rice beneath the vegetables in the sushi bowl photo)
sushi in a bowl

There are many ways to make a sushi bowl using a variety of ingredients over rice. It's a matter of what you like- that's what you use. 

vegetable salad dish

Make It Your Way
To the basic bowl, I sometimes add some of the following :
  • Tofu  
  • Avocado slices 
  • Asian spices 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh ginger 
  • Edamame
  • Pickled radish
  • Cucumber slices
  • Nuts or seeds  
  • Sliced red cabbage
  • Shredded carrots (I always use them)
  • Scallions
  • Red onion
  • Red or yellow pepper slices
  • Cooked sweet potato cubes
  • Freshly squeezed lime
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Dandelion greens
  • Baby spinach 
  • Mushrooms 

sushi vegetables in a bowl

The base in always brown or white rice and we always enjoy it with a ginger soy dressing or another dressing.  It's one of our favorite summer meals. These sushi bowls are colorful, gluten-free, and healthy.  

I recently was reminded of making sushi bowls when I read a post for vegan sushi in a bowl on a wonderful blog that I follow regularly called Simple Gluten Free Kitchen (link to her site) published by Balvinder. Balvinder's post motivated me to share my sushi bowls too. 


  1. These are familiar as we eat salads this time of year. Love this post!

  2. I love Summer for the lighter foods and fresh veggies that are in season.

  3. This is a fabulous idea. I love sushi but the rolling and all takes forever. Great!

  4. So pretty and yes much easier than rolling!

  5. Delicious Summer meal!........Abrazotes,Marcela

  6. Love this marvelous idea!
    So perfect for summer.

    Hugs and blessings, Judee

  7. Oh my God, Judee, I love all your veg bowls in the last picture. Isn't it wonderful to eat Sushi in a bowl? Thanks for the mention.

  8. It looks so colourful.

    All the best Jan

  9. Yum!!! This is definitely my kind of meal. I'd add seared tuna to mine :)

  10. At least some of the sushi restaurants where I've eaten offer a bowl of rice topped with sushi ingredients, especially the fish which is traditional in sushi and sashimi. Your list of ingredients is interesting, reflecting your vegan choice.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  11. Judee- I'll be making this soon! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Sushi in a bowl is such a great idea. I love burrito bowls, and this seems very similiar.


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