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Quinoa Sushi Bowls! Made with tons of veggies, spicy tofu and a ginger miso dressing!Pin It Button - Simply Quinoa

Bowls are seriously the best. They just make every meal so much easier.

Like sushi. Sure, I could pull out my sushi rolling mat, carefully julienne my veggies, buy raw fish, etc., etc., but it would take at least two times longer than if I just put all those ingredients in a bowl. I mean after all, it is all the same ingredients and each bite will taste like sushi.

…so half the time, half the effort, all the flavor. Definitely a win in my book!

EASY Quinoa Sushi Bowls -- come together in under 20 minutes and taste just like sushi!

For our sushi bowls today, we’re keeping it totally plant-based.

Instead of fish, I chose to go with some tofu which I marinated in kimchi juice for some added flavor and a little spice. Then we’re using quinoa to replace the rice, and for the veggies I kept it traditional with carrot and cucumber. I cubed the cucumber and then peeled the carrot into thin strips. I think the contrast helped give the bowls a little bit more excitement.

Oh and of course, there’s some nori. Can’t be sushi without nori!

(also avocado and kimchi because those are like three of my most favorite Asian-inspired ingredients.)

CREAMY MISO GINGER SAUCE -- made with tahini, hemp seeds, hot sauce, ginger and miso!

The sauce on top? Spicy ginger-miso “mayo.” Oh. My. SO good!

I say mayo in quotes because this is far from an actual mayo. It’s more like a dressing, but takes place of those spicy mayos that come with so many sushi rolls.

The base? Tahini + hemp seeds. Then it’s just miso, ginger and hot sauce. Blend these up with a little water and you’re done. So much healthier (and arguably more delicious) than mayo!

QUINOA SUSHI BOWLS with a spicy miso-ginger dressing {vegan}VEGAN QUINOA SUSHI BOWLS -- with tofu, veggies and a spicy miso-ginger dressing

The balance of textures is what I love most about these bowls. You’ve got the crunchy cucumbers, the fluffy quinoa, the soft tofu, the buttery avocado and ribbons of carrot. All tossed together and it’s pretty much the perfect combination.

Do you think my favorite sushi restaurant will serve me my sushi in a bowl next time?

Your turn…

What are your favorite meals to eat out of bowls? I’m personally a huge fan of smoothie bowls and quinoa bowls (obvi), but would love to hear what you think!

xo Alyssa

These SIMPLE Quinoa Sushi Bowls are seriously the BEST! So much easier than making sushi at home and they've got all the same flavors!

Vegan Quinoa Sushi Bowls
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
20 mins
Serves: 4 servings
  • for the bowls:
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • ¼ cup kimchi + 2 tablespoons kimchi juice (reserve 1 for the sauce)
  • ¼ cup scallions
  • 2 sheets nori
  • 1 avocado
  • Sesame seeds to garnish (optional)

  • for the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon miso
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kimchi juice
  • ¼ cup water (+ more as needed)
  1. Add quinoa and 2 cups of water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 12 - 15 minutes until the water has been absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the carrots into long, thin strips. Chop the cucumbers into bite-sized pieces, then cube the tofu and toss it with 1 tablespoon of kimchi juice. Finely chop the kimchi and scallions and set everything aside.
  3. For the nori, toast the sheets in a dry skillet or carefully over a gas burner (if you have a gas stove).
  4. When the quinoa is done cooking, separate it between your bowls. Then evenly distribute the remaining ingredients and crumble nori on top of each bowl.
  5. Thinly slice the avocado and place slices on each bowl. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (if using) and then prepare the sauce.
  6. In a blender, combine all the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Start with ¼ cup of water and add more as needed to reach a drizzable (totally not a word) consistency. Drizzle over the bowls and enjoy!

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