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Wasabi Beet, Cucumber and Avocado Roll

A vegan sushi roll featuring beets, cucumber and avocado, a hit of wasabi. Add chopped pistachios for a bonus crunch.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: beets, dill, pistachios, sushi
Servings: 2 rolls
Calories: 305kcal

Equipment

  • sushi mat wrapped in plastic wrap plus extra plastic wrap for cutting

Ingredients

Sushi Quinoa Rice

  • 3/4 cup sushi rice, rinsed several times
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed (tri-color is prettiest!)
  • 1 cups water
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Wasabi Beet Filling

  • 1/2 tsp wasabi paste
  • 1 small cooked beet (usually available in produce section) cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 slice cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 avocado, thin sliced
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp chopped pistachios, optional
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 sheets nori
  • soy sauce for dipping

Instructions

Prepare the Sushi Quinoa Rice

  • Place the rinsed sushi and quinoa in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup water and place over med-high heat. As soon as bubbles start to form on the edges, stir to release anything sticking and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn off heat (don't open the lid). Allow to steam for another 15 minutes. Remove lid, fluff with fork. Add rice vinegar, sugar, salt and sesame seeds and fluff again. Set aside.

Preparing the Roll

  • While rice is cooking, prep your filling ingredients.
  • Once rice is done, place one nori sheet (bumpy side up) on a sushi rolling mat that has been wrapped in plastic wrap. Using a fork or wet fingers, press cooked sushi quinoa rice onto the mat firmly leaving 1 inch of nori uncovered. Carefully pick up the nori and flip over.
  • Spread wasabi paste on the section of nori opposite where the rice begins on the other side but closest to the nori edge that you left without rice. You are going to roll that uncovered nori around the filling to get it started. Layer beets, cucumber and avocado. Sprinkle with dill and pistachios (if using). Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. **You are going to make 2 rolls so use about half your filling ingredients on each.
  • Pick up the edge of your rolling mat and start to flip the exposed piece of nori over the filling ingredients. You essentially want to tuck that piece around and under to get your roll sealed. Use the mat to pull it back towards you, and use your fingers to pinch the roll firmly as you go. You want to get things tight on that first turn and then continue rolling about a half turn at a time, pulling the mat free as you continue to roll forward and continuing to pinch along the length of the roll as you go. Unroll the mat and you should have a beautiful sushi roll!
  • The hardest part IMO is cutting. Move the roll to a cutting board. I use a separate piece of plastic wrap which I lay over the top, pull snug and tuck in slightly all around (some people fully wrap the roll before cutting but I found that left me with shreds of plastic wrap to pick off). Using a serrated knife, gently cut your sushi into pieces and then carefully remove the plastic wrap. Stand back to admire what you've created, then go ahead and make your second roll. Serve immediately or keep wrapped in plastic and refrigerated until ready to serve.
  • Serve 1 roll per person with soy sauce for dipping and wasabi paste on the side (optional).

Notes

You could certainly boil or roast beets for this recipe, but pre-cooked baby beets are pretty readily available in the produce section of your grocery and saves a ton of time.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Sodium: 50mg | Calcium: 71mg | Vitamin C: 14mg | Vitamin A: 301IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 10g | Potassium: 694mg | Calories: 305kcal | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 17g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 34g | Iron: 2mg
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