Homemade Sushi and a Miso Dressing Recipe

We had a sushi date night on Friday! Instead of going out and spending loads of money at a restaurant, we opted to make our own sushi at home!

There are a couple of things we LOVE about Sushi:

  • Good sushi rice
  • Pickled ginger
  • The almost-drinkable dressing on the salads at the Japanese restaurants


Our favorite sushi rice recipe comes from The Rice Bible by Christian Teubner.  Alton Brown also has an awesome looking recipe: Sushi Rice.

We took a shortcut and used quick-cooking brown rice. We let the rice cool, and then added our rice wine, honey and salt in the correct proportions. We actually stuck the rice in the fridge to cool down faster as we prepped the veggies to fill our sushi rolls.

And because pickled ginger is one of our favorite condiments for sushi, we used the Quick Pickled Ginger recipe from My New Roots (and there’s an awesome tutorial for making quinoa sushi in that post as well!)


My New Roots has a great photo on the Quick Pickled Ginger post of how much space to leave when spreading your sushi rice on top of your nori (seaweed).

We added cucumber, carrots, avocado and thawed salad shrimp (drained VERY well) to our rolls.


Because our little Mini-Cooper needs loads of nutrients, we had a simple spinach salad alongside our sushi with an AWESOME Japanese Miso Dressing (which looks invisible according to the picture below. Invisible or not, we guarantee that it is DELICIOUS!)


Japanese Miso Dressing

Serves 2-4


1 TBSP Mayonnaise (we used Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise)
1 TBSP Orange Juice
2 tsp. Rice Wine
1 tsp. Miso paste
1/2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Soy Sauce (or gluten-free Tamari)
1/4 tsp. toasted Sesame Oil
1/4 tsp. Chili Garlic Paste

Mix all ingredients together. Add an additional 1 TBSP of Water if you want a thinner dressing. Chill and serve over your favorite greens.


There you have it! A homemade sushi date night! We hope that if you like sushi, you’ll take the time to whip some up at home (and at the very least, try making the salad dressing!)

Homemade Sushi and a Miso Dressing Recipe

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