A delicious, light, spicy salad, excellent for summer cooking! A perfect side to any grilled Asian-style dishes. Wasabi paste may be used instead of the powder if it is more convenient. If you discover you have made the dressing too spicy, adjust by adding more mayonnaise.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place rice and water in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Set aside to cool.

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  • In a large serving bowl, toss together the lettuce, cucumber, avocado and imitation crabmeat. Stir in cooled rice. In a small bowl, stir together the wasabi powder, mayonnaise, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and sesame oil. Toss salad with dressing (recommended), or serve with dressing on the side.

Nutrition Facts

264.1 calories; 7.9 g protein; 31.8 g carbohydrates; 12.2 mg cholesterol; 652.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2006
REVISING MY ORIGINAL REVIEW. We still 100% love this recipe BUT BUT BUT... I decided to try ELLIEGIRL1's tips of using Nori (roasted seaweed) instead of spinach (as I have done in the past) and grated fresh ginger (I grated it into the cooled rice). These two ingredients put this recipe clear over the TOP and then some (Wish I could give it more stars)! TY TY TY for posting the Nori use! For a potluck dish that has to travel a dish you want to make several hours ahead or a salad that has to wait awhile to be served we still nix the lettuce. Nori and Wasabi paste can be found in the ethnic area of most grocery stores. Original review- A TOTAL POTLUCK HIT!! WOW! If you like traditional California Roll sushi you will love this for a change! I have made this several times but have evolved to totally nixing the lettuce as it tends to get way too limp for our taste! Now it's just rice avocado fake crab cuke and I add steamed spinach. Amounts are too your taste. I make the dressing exactly as directed. I now use this dressing on fish and numerous other things. IT'S THE BEST! I will make this again and again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2004
Nothing spectacular but a nice light summer salad (as a main dish not a side one). The lettuce WILL go limp if made in advance so I advice either dressing it at the last minute or tossing in the lettuce at the last minute. Toasted shredded nori sprinkled on top just before serving gave it real oomph and more of that California Roll flavour. Read More
(7)
146 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2006
REVISING MY ORIGINAL REVIEW. We still 100% love this recipe BUT BUT BUT... I decided to try ELLIEGIRL1's tips of using Nori (roasted seaweed) instead of spinach (as I have done in the past) and grated fresh ginger (I grated it into the cooled rice). These two ingredients put this recipe clear over the TOP and then some (Wish I could give it more stars)! TY TY TY for posting the Nori use! For a potluck dish that has to travel a dish you want to make several hours ahead or a salad that has to wait awhile to be served we still nix the lettuce. Nori and Wasabi paste can be found in the ethnic area of most grocery stores. Original review- A TOTAL POTLUCK HIT!! WOW! If you like traditional California Roll sushi you will love this for a change! I have made this several times but have evolved to totally nixing the lettuce as it tends to get way too limp for our taste! Now it's just rice avocado fake crab cuke and I add steamed spinach. Amounts are too your taste. I make the dressing exactly as directed. I now use this dressing on fish and numerous other things. IT'S THE BEST! I will make this again and again. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2005
A great idea for someone who loves california rolls without the fuss of sushi rice and rolling at home! I used a bit of dry sherry and white wine vinegar in place of rice vinegar. Wasabi paste (1tsp) added some grated ginger to the dressing crumbled Nori papers and topped it with toasted sesame seeds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2003
This sald was really great as a main dish on a hot summer's day. We added a bit more wasabi since we like things spicy and we cut down on the rice. If you like California sishi rolls you'll like this salad. Next time will try a bit of sake in the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2006
Being of Asian descent I've eaten lots of traditional sushi rolls so I had my doubts about how this salad would compare. Was I pleasantly surprised it tasted like the real thing without the time consuming work of making and slicing the rolls easy and delicious! I used romaine lettuce so I didn t have a problem with soggy lettuce or maybe it was because we finished the salad before the lettuce had time to wilt. I used wasabi paste and tried to stir the ingredients for the dressing with a fork but the mayo wouldn t combine with everything else so I put everything in a small jar and shook it all up. Great recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2005
This recipe definitely tastes like a California Roll!! I had the hardest time finding a sushi recipe that was easy and this one fit. My husband and I crave sushi but it's expesive to go to a restaurant and this totally cured our craving. Thank you so much Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2008
Great new salad! I changed things and took suggestions from others... I used Romaine lettuce put sesame seeds in the dressing and since I didn't have wasabi powder I used wasabi paste instead. I also used either basmati or long grain rice since japanese rice or short grain can be too sticky to use. I put nori strips on top and fried wonton strips. Definitely a salad I would bring to a potluck to bring something different. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2008
Tasted just like a Calf. Roll. I did use the iceberg lettuce but cut into chunks and added seaweed strips to the top just before serving. I did double the dressing and added ginger to the rice. This was so different and delicious. I am craving it now. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2007
I nixed the rice and just made a regular lettuce salad instead. The dressing is really good; I make it often and keep it in the fridge to have on weeknights. I served this at a party and so many people came up to me to rave about the dressing. Highly recommended. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2004
This was really good. I'm doing a low-carb thing right now (just like the rest of the country) so I left out the rice. The wasabi powder doesn't come through (no heat) I have wasabi paste so I'm going to try it with the paste. Thank you for posting this recipe I will make it too many times for anyone to ever count! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2004
Nothing spectacular but a nice light summer salad (as a main dish not a side one). The lettuce WILL go limp if made in advance so I advice either dressing it at the last minute or tossing in the lettuce at the last minute. Toasted shredded nori sprinkled on top just before serving gave it real oomph and more of that California Roll flavour. Read More
(7)