Yield: 5 rolls

Nori rolls make a great light lunch on their own, but are sublime when served with salad greens and grilled shiitake mushrooms. A sushi mat makes rolling neat nori rolls much easier.



  1. Place a bamboo sushi rolling mat on a work surface so that the slats run horizontally. Place a sheet of nori shiny side down on the mat. Moisten your hands with water and spread 3⁄4 cup of brown rice evenly over the surface of the nori, leaving a 1 1⁄2-inch-wide strip at the top bare. Spread 1⁄2 teaspoon of wasabi paste horizontally about a third of the way up the sheet and place a portion of each vegetable on top of the wasabi.
  2. Starting at the bottom, use the sushi mat to roll the nori tightly and evenly away from you, pressing down slightly as the roll turns. When you’ve reached the bare top edge, moisten it slightly before sealing. Repeat with the remaining nori, rice, and vegetables.
  3. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving. To serve, cut each roll with a sharp knife into 6 pieces, dipping the knife in water between cuts to keep the rice from sticking.

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