California rolls were the first sushi I ever tried, and I love the flavors, but can’t quite get the hang of rolling those little rolls. I decided the taste would be the same whether rolled into cute little rolls or just tossed together like a cold rice salad. I gave it a try. Result: SUCCESS! This California Roll Salad is every bit as yummy as the authentic sushi rolls, and super easy to throw together.
You don’t need to buy expensive Japanese sushi rice – just plain long grain white rice will do. But be sure to start with cold cooked rice because if the rice is hot or even warm, this salad will turn into a gummy mess.
Real crab can be spendy, but I don’t like the imitation crab for this so I used the real deal in a very small amount. You can add more if you like crab.
CALIFORNIA ROLL COLD RICE SALAD
Serves 10 to 12 as a side dish – Prep time 10 minutes
6 cups chilled cooked long grain white rice
1 large cucumber
1/2 pound cooked chilled crab meat
1 large avocado
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons wasabi paste*
2 sheets nori (baked seaweed)**
Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds in the middle with a spoon. Dice the cucumber into very small pieces, about the size of peas. Dice crab meat. Dice avocado and toss with lemon juice.
Mix together the vinegar, oil and sugar. Toss rice with vinegar mixture (using hands is messy, but helps to distribute vinegar mixture evenly!). Dice nori sheets into very small pieces (I like using a pizza cutter for this task).
Toss rice with diced nori, cucumber, crab and avocado. Serve sprinkled with a little diced nori for garnish.
*Available in the Asian section of your grocery store or at an Asian specialty store.
** Available in the Asian section of your grocery store or at an Asian specialty store. You can skip the nori if you like, but the salad won’t have the same Japanese feel to it.
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— posted by Donna