Amazing tasting fancy looking dinner in about 10 minutes? yes please!
ok so you will have to cook the quinoa a head, but except for that, super quick, super yummy, complete meal with high quality protein, carbs & veggies!! or you can also skip the quinoa for a veggie and protein low carb version!

difficulty level: very easy! this was actually my first time trying to make hand rolls, i can't believe how simple it is!

prep time: 5 minutes

cook time/assembly time: 5 minutes

*cook time for make ahead quinoa: 30 minutes total

what you need:

  • *1 cup cooked quinoa. place 1/2 cup quinoa in sauce pan with a touch of salt and 1 1/4 cup water, bring to a boil, mix, cover and reduce heat to low, cook covered 25 minutes. make this a day in advance (or even a few days) and store in fridge covered.
    this is a high water ratio for the quinoa, we want mushier quinoa for this recipe. if you already have precooked quinoa just use your left overs :)
  • 3 oz smoked salmon, pre-sliced (it will say so on package). this will yield 4 hand rolls.
  • 2 small persian cucumber, cut into 1/8ths lengthwise, seeded
  • microgreens or pea shoots or baby lettuce or alfalfa sprouts(i used asian microgreens)
  • 1 avocado, cut into thin slices 9less then 1/8 inch thick)
  • 2 Nori sheets, cut in half. i use organic non GMO Nori, you can find it at your health food store or Amazon. I use "Emerald Cove Silver Grade Organic Pacific Sushi Nori (Dried Seaweed), 50 Count" it's on Prime too :)
  • a small ramekin with 1 tbsp water

note: you can do any combination of veggies here, you can chop up scallions, you can thinly slice purple cabbage, get creative :)

what to do:

  • i highly recommend you watch this video: Sushi Hand Roll - How to Make Sushi i did ;) and it simplified this process immensely
  • cut out a large piece of parchment or wax paper (i use my silpat mat), place half a sheet of nori in front of you.
  • place roughly 1 oz quinoa on the edge of the sheet, use the back of a spoon to spread the quinoa more then half way, and to the edges of the nori sheet (as shown in video)
  • place the cucumber, avocado and greens diagonally, top with roughly 0.7 oz of salmon and roll, as is shown in video.
  • the only thing i did differently then the video, is once your hand roll is rolled, where the guy in the video used rice to "glue" the hand roll closed, i just dipped 2 fingers in the little ramekin of water, and did two passes on the edge of the nori, then rolled it closed. Since we are using quinoa, and quinoa is not sticky enough to be used as "glue" opting for the water keeps things simple and effective :)
  • I did try a hand roll without the quinoa, was very tasty and simple, slightly less pretty in presentation though.

I am very excited about this technique, as i almost always have cooked quinoa in the fridge, so easy to throw a beautiful meal together, just keep some Nori on hand in your pantry :)