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This is my lazy version of the California roll – a Deconstructed California Bowl. All of the ingredients from a California roll (except the rice) tossed and served as a salad! Not too shabby, right?

This is not to say that sitting down and rolling out actual sushi rolls isn’t worth the time and effort, because it is. Making sushi really isn’t all that tough; the toughest part is getting the rice right, really.

Primarily, my goal with the Deconstructed California Bowl was to simplify the process of acquiring access to the delicious flavours of a sushi meal. Mind you, as an avid sushi eater, the California roll isn’t exactly on my order list these days. However – this bowl can help to fill the void! We’ve got the fresh crispness of the cucumber, the imitation crab meat (that’s what they all use – do not judge me!), the creamy avocado, the nuttyness of the sesame seeds, and the amazing flavours from the sesame oil, Kikkoman soy sauce and a touch of wasabi. Oh, and of course some seaweed strips. What would mock sushi be without the subtle taste of a sea breeze?

In case you’re wondering about the cucumber “noodles”, I achieved this by using a Veggetti. You can, however, create cucumber noodles by peeling a cucumber with a peeler and then slicing the peelings into thinner strands. That’s more work, but it can be done.

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Get the Recipe:

Deconstructed California Bowl

A light, fresh and crisp salad made up of flavours that sushi lovers will crave.


  • 1 cucumber, cut into noodle form (using a Veggetti or peeler and knife)
  • 1 teaspoon Kikkoman soy sauce, more to taste if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of wasabi paste
  • 1/2 cup imitation crab, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 handful of seaweed strips


  • Toast the sesame seeds in a pan on medium-low heat for approx. 10 minutes or until seeds are golden.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the Kikkoman soy sauce, sesame oil and wasabi paste.
  • Drizzle the soy sauce mixture over the cucumber noodles and toss to coat.
  • Place in a bowl or on a plate and top with avocado slices, cut up crab, strips, and strips of seaweed.
  • Drizzle with more Kikkoman soy sauce if desired.
  • When the sesame seeds are nicely toasted, sprinkle them over the salad.