Quinoa and smoked salmon sushi

Sometimes when I leave my hideaway by the coast and head to London I get an overwhelming urge to eat sushi. I think it might be due to two reasons, it is not available here and it makes a perfect lunch.

I sometimes make sushi myself but am very far from the masters and well, do you ever achieve sushi perfection? Iconic sushi master Jiro Ono has dedicated his whole life to sushi and never once does he come across as anything but humble and still learning.

This makes me a little reluctant to try new things with sushi but the other day I really fancied some and made some with leftover quinoa and smoked salmon.


I did a take to see what I else I could use and came up with some green ingredients.



Salmon and quinoa 21Feb_Salmon&Quinoa


Avocado, cucumber and herbs



Quinoa and smoked salmon sushi 

preparation time 10 minutes 

cooking time 0 minutes 

serves 2 as a starter, makes 1 roll 


  • 3 heaped tbsp chopped smoked salmon
  • 1 nori sheet
  • 1 1/2 dl or 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 avocado
  • cucumber
  • coriander
  • chives
  • lemon zest

Cling film the bamboo map. Place the quinoa on the nori sheet and add the toppings, salmon, cucumber, avocado and the chives.




Roll the sushi and cut it in to slices. Garnish with coriander and lemon zest.




I didn’t add any sushi seasoning but served it with soy sauce and wasabi and it was healthy and yes, it did hit my sushi spot. Quinoa is a great substitute for rice and it was very quick to make. Sushi lunches at home coming up.


I was so pleased with my sushi I am bringing a big plate to Fiesta Friday! Hosted by the lovely Angie and co hosted by Zeba, Food for the Soul who brought us (to me) exotic sounding banana and avocado chaat, have a look at here, it looks super comforting! The second co host is the lovely Suzanne, A Pug in the Kitchen, who brought us a Roasted carrot, golden beet and goat cheese tart with Dukkah. Anything with cheese will always catch my attention and here with delicious roast veg as well!











24 Responses to “Quinoa and smoked salmon sushi”
  1. It looks fab! Quinoa sushi?? What a great idea 🙂
    Whereabouts are you on the coast?

    • petra08 says:

      hi Elaine
      I have never used quinoa before but it worked really well and I think it was a little lighter (not that sushi is heavy) than rice.
      I live in a place called Deal, near Dover. I am in London about 3 times/week so am hoping we can organise a bloggers meeting soon! 🙂

  2. Ginger says:

    You are such an artist, Petra! It is beautiful and sounds amazing!

  3. Loretta says:

    Wow, quinoa sushi? Doubly healthy in my humble opinion :).

    • petra08 says:

      Hi Loretta
      ha ha, you make me laugh. It was very healthy but it didn’t taste healthy at all! Something to do again I think 🙂

  4. chefjulianna says:

    You are brilliant, Petra! This is just gorgeous, and I know it tasted amazing! Haha, I am getting good at spotting your posts… I went to it right away – so delicious! 😀

    • petra08 says:

      hi Julianna
      ha ha I am glad you like it! White rice is prettier but quinoa tasted brilliant in sushi! Have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Petra you are so creative and innovative. I just love the quinoa sushi, what a brilliant idea!!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Suzanne
      Thank you so much! I hope you have a go, it was so quick and perfect with left over quinoa! Happy weekend 🙂

  6. I love love Sushi…my husband and will drive for miles for good sushi, thankfully the little sushi place around the corner is a lifesaver on long tired days. This looks brilliant!

  7. all-TIM-ate says:

    Quinoa Sushi! Brilliant.

  8. What beautiful sushi Petra! So colorful and I love the idea of using smoked salmon and quinoa!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Julie
      Thank you. The smoked salmon adds a little bit more flavour and it was nice against the flavour of the quinoa 🙂

  9. Maggie says:

    I love it! I might just go and buy some quinoa! 🙂

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