Tried and true is good and all. But just for fun, isn't it a kick to turn our favorite foods upside down? That's the premise of Sushi Salad, just a few familiar sushi ingredients but in salad form, not small bites. And to my taste, it really does taste like sushi! (Please know, I'm no expert. I have "real sushi" every so often but mostly, it's the packages from the supermarket ..)
This Sushi Salad recipe calls for quinoa instead of rice and skips the nori (though there's no reason to not use some) – this was really fun, it's definitely a keeper, taste-wise, but also for ease of preparation and for flexibility.
TRADER JOE'S, ARE YOU CRAZY? I've come to count on the quality of certain Trader Joe's products. When I first made this salad, I thought I'd 'splurge' on a tin of crabmeat from Trader Joe's. IT WAS AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. Imitation crab, which of course isn't crab but fish, has the perfect texture. If it's not good for us, I don't want to know. Okay I do. You can tell me.
"I just made this tonight and it's delicious!" ~ Molly
RECIPE for SUSHI SALAD
Time to table: 45 minutes plus refrigeration time
Makes 3 cups
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tablespoon fish sauce (don't skip this!)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (the inspiring recipe uses this plus 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
GOOD STUFF - GO CRAZY HERE
1 teaspoon finely chopped pickled ginger (don't skip this!)
5 green onions, white and green parts both, chopped
1 cup chopped English cucumber
8 ounces imitation crabmeat, chopped
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
QUINOA Bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the quinoa, cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat but leaver the covered saucepan on the burner for another 4 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
SAUCE Mix all the sauce ingredients. When the quinoa is cool, stir it into the sauce until well-combined.
GOOD STUFF Stir in all the good stuff.
REFRIGERATE This salad is best cold so cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
You really can't skip the pickled ginger and it can be hard to find -- except that there's always some included in those packages of sushi from the sushi counter. OH WAIT. Maybe that's where you might find pickled ginger too.
Since rice is more traditional with sushi, I thought about making this salad with my favorite Fool-proof Oven-Baked Brown Rice. But then again, I liked the idea of the extra protein from the quinoa too. Either one!
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