This post is sponsored by Divine Flavor. All opinions are my own.
Hello friends! I'm happy to be here today. I know it's been a little while since I last blogged, and it feels like each post becomes harder to write lately. Maybe it's because it's summer and I'd rather spend all my time outdoors and not in front of a computer or taking pictures of food, but I am trying not to be too hard on myself and just enjoy taking a break here and there. Hopefully you are taking some time off this summer too!
The past few weeks I have been drinking lots of iced sweet tea and pairing it with a few different books that I have been meaning to read. Gosh, it's been awhile since I've really enjoyed reading. I finished The Joy Luck Club and then moved on to The Help. Joy Luck Club was really sad but thought-provoking, and I absolutely loved everything about The Help. Now I am reading The Princess Bride - which I've heard is so good and maybe better than the movie? Although not sure how that's possible?!
Besides my summertime sweet tea obsession, I have been only interested in all of the light and (non hot) foods in this heatwave. Veggie sushi is the best to make at home because it is such a good light lunch or dinner and utilizes just about any vegetable or fruit that you have on hand. I also love that I don't have to worry about dealing with raw fish and questioning whether or not it actually is sushi grade or not. Not to mention - that stuff is expensive!
The key to good veggie sushi is to play with textures and to serve it with a good dipping sauce (i.e. spicy mayo and soy sauce). I love the crunch from the cucumber paired with the soft mango and avocado. The cucumbers were sent to me by Divine Flavor - a family owned fruit and vegetable distribution company.
Rolling sushi can take some practice, but it is not too hard once you get the hang of it. I've provided a short video below on how I roll mine. It's so much fun!!
If you try making your own veggie sushi at home, tag me on instagram so I can see! Happy rolling!
Veggie Sushi with Spicy Mayo
makes one roll
For the rice
- 1 cup sushi rice, rinsed
- 3 tbl rice vinegar
- Pinch of salt
For the rolls
- 2 sheets nori (dried seaweed)
- 1/2 large Divine Flavor cucumber, quartered lengthwise
- 1 carrot, sliced into ribbons
- 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1/2 large mango, sliced thin
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
For the spicy mayo
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tbl sriracha
- Soy sauce, for serving
Cook the sushi rice according to package directions. Let cool completely, and then mix in the rice vinegar and salt.
Place a sheet of nori on a clean surface or bamboo sushi mat, if using. Scoop a handful of the sticky rice directly onto the nori sheet, and press the rice with a spoon or your hands, until it is evenly distributed across. Leave a 1/2 inch border on the long side of one edge.
Now you are ready to add the filling. Add a layer of cucumber in the center of the rice. Layer the carrot ribbons on top, then the red cabbage, mango slices, avocado slices, and scallions. Be careful not to overstuff.
Dab your finger in some water and moisten the 1/2 inch exposed border of the nori with some water. Roll the sushi away from you, tucking in the vegetables as you go. Press the roll down slightly to make sure it is sealed.
Using a very sharp knife, slice the sushi into 8 even pieces.
To make the spicy mayo, mix together the mayo and sriracha until combined. Spoon over the top of the sliced sushi or transfer to a squeeze bottle and drizzle on top. Serve sushi with soy sauce for dipping!