This California Roll Salad combines all the elements of a California Roll into a salad. This is the kind of big salad I like to make for a Pot Luck and someone always asks for the recipe. Here it is.
If you haven’t made sushi or tried Japanese cooking the gluten free checklist may seem daunting but fear not, many of the ingredients can often be found in the Asian section of a well-stocked grocery store. The best part is that once you get your pantry stocked you will be able to try new dishes that just might become favourites. For more recipe suggestions check out this post, Gluten Free Asian Pantry.
Even people new to gluten free know that many naturally gluten free ingredients have additives and preservatives that can include wheat or other food allergens. Check your labels as always and support the brands displaying a gluten free claim and the mandatory allergen warning.
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Rice vinegar – Available as either unseasoned or seasoned. Rice vinegar labelled seasoned has sugar and salt added to it. I prefer to season my own food and not have two types of rice vinegar in my pantry so I buy unseasoned rice vinegar. All Marukan brand rice vinegars are gluten free and GMO free.
Pickled ginger – Also called sushi ginger this is thinly sliced, young ginger in a brine of sugar and vinegar so is naturally gluten free. Young ginger turns a pink hue from the pickling process but some brands add colouring to enhance the pink colour. Pickled ginger is sold in plastic tubs or jars in the deli or Asian section. It should have an expiry date but will last up to a year in the fridge.
Nori sheets (AKA seaweed)– Edible seaweed is shredded, pressed into thin sheets and then dried. The sheets are sold in square packages, regular or toasted. Tightly sealed they last indefinitely in the pantry and even the toasted sheets can be re-toasted to bring out the natural grassy flavour.
Crabmeat – Fresh crab and canned crab are gluten free. Fake crab or sea legs are not…and really, who wants to eat anything that starts with the word fake?
Wasabi – This Japanese type of horseradish is familiar to us as the green paste served with sushi. Wasabi is expensive and therefore, to satisfy our need for cheap food, some brands are made of mustard or non-Japanese horseradish. Also, some preparations include wheat starch which should be declared on the label so buyer beware.
But there is gluten free wasabi to be found. I found both S&B brand and Eden Foods wasabi powder sold in little tins; just add a little hot water, let it sit for a few minutes and you have paste. S&B also sells tubes of wasabi paste labeled gluten free.
If you like California Rolls you might just like this Smoked Salmon Sushi Pizza.
Let me know in the comments below if you bought some new ingredients and then made a California Roll Salad.
|1½ cups long grain rice|
|¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar (first amount)|
|¼ cup sugar|
|1½ tsp salt|
|3 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar (second amount)|
|1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds|
|3 Tbsp vegetable oil|
|2 Tbsp finely chopped pickled ginger|
|4 green onions, cut into 1-inch lengths, each length cut into thin strips|
|½ cup finely shredded carrot|
|1 seedless cucumber, quartered lengthwise, cored and chopped|
|1 can crabmeat, drained|
|2 sheets nori (seaweed)|
|3 Tbsp GF soy sauce|
|1½ Tbsp GF wasabi paste|
|1½ tsp ginger juice from jar of pickled ginger|
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