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1. Gather the ingredients

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • half celery plant (about 5 sticks)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • a handful of sprouts
  • 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 pack of nori algae

For the sunflower cream:

  • 1 cup of (organic unroasted) sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of filtered water
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

2. Make the cauliflower ‘rice’

Break the cauliflower into small florets and process in a food processor until the texture resembles rice (you could also use a grater). Take out and do the same with the celery (I used roughly 1 part of celery and 3 parts of cauliflower). Be careful not to overdo it, otherwise it will turn into a paste.

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

3. Make the ‘rice’ stick

Place the processed cauliflower and celery in a large bowl and slowly add sunflower cream (here is how to make it) to make the ‘rice’ stick — being careful it doesn’t turn into a mash. Add the vinegar and sugar to get that ‘sushi rice’ flavor.

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

4. Prep the vegetables

Julienne the cucumber and carrot (the length of the nori sheet’s width if you can), and slice the avocado.

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

5. Get the ingredients into place

Place one nori sheet onto a sushi mat with the shiny side down. Spoon a thin layer of the cauliflower ‘rice’ along the nori’s bottom edge (closest to you) and place the vegetables all along, right in the middle of the ‘rice’ bed. The sprouts go last.

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

6. Start rollin’

Using the sushi mat, carefully fold the bottom edge of the nori sheet and over the ‘rice’ and vegetables. Squeeze firmly and roll into sushi shape.

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

7. Seal

Just like you would with an envelope, seal the end of the nori sheet with a bit of water, using your finger before you finish rolling.

raw vegan sushi, nori sheet, cauliflower rice,

8. Devour!

Using a sharp wet knife, gently slice the nori rolls into pieces. Arrange on a plate, top up with extra sprouts and combine with soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger, sprinkled sesame seeds and why not, some sake.

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Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots