Raw Vegan Sushi

Delicious fresh and crunchy Raw Vegan Sushi rolls are filled with a yummy pate, avocado, carrot, and bell pepper!

I was in the mood for eating nori rolls today, so I decided to make a delicious pate with sunflower seeds instead of rice. This sunflower seed pate was perfect for mimicking salmon. It was also bursting with fresh flavors of vegetables. I wrapped it in raw un-toasted seaweed sheets along with avocado, carrots, and bell peppers, so it is perfect for someone who is on a raw food diet.

I also have a great recipe for Vegan Sushi made with rice.

Choosing when possible, fresh organic veggies for your sushi ensures that you will end up with a flavorful recipe.

Nori seaweed is very popular in Asian cuisines, and it is the perfect sea vegetable for someone who loved fish and is transitioning to a vegan diet. It is very healthy because it is loaded with B Vitamins, fiber, amino acids, and a significant amount of iodine. Read more about the benefits of nori HERE.

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Why Will You Love This Recipe?

This recipe for vegan sushi rolls is simple to make, suitable for beginners, and very easy to follow. Believe me, I am a sushi lover. However, we used a lot of fresh and simple ingredients to make this recipe, and it tastes great!

This dish is:

  • Simple, quick, and healthy.
  • A light supper or lunchtime meal
  • It can be prepared a day in advance.
  • Delicious, even if you’re not a fan of sushi.

And don’t worry if you’ve never prepared sushi at home before. It’s incredibly easy, and all you have to do is assemble your ingredients and shape them into a roll. And I did it without any special equipment. Even if they don’t look perfect, they will still taste fantastic. Here, simplicity is what matters most.

Raw Vegan Sushi Ingredients

  • Sunflower seeds: You can use the seeds raw or roasted. They have a distinctive nutty flavor and are quite nutritious.
  • Celery stalk: Celery has a salty, slightly tart flavor and a crisp texture. This raw vegan sushi is made interesting by the crunch of celery.
  • Red bell pepper: Red bell pepper for orange color and vitamins.
  • Raw tahini paste: Tahini pastes for an added cheesy flavor.
  • Fresh parsley: The addition of parsley to a dish improves the flavors. It balances out savory dishes in the same way as a squeeze of lemon juice improves the flavor of something.
  • Onion: Yellow onions are great but you may use any available ones!
  • Garlic: Use fresh for greater flavor.
  • Lemon juice: For adding a little zing and lessen the need for salt in the dish.
  • Salt and pepper: Add salt and pepper to balance the sweetness.
  • Nori sheets: The best ones for this recipe would be the untoasted ones. They are darker than the toasted variant, which is paler and tinged with a green hue. Usually, the packaging will indicate whether the item is toasted or untoasted.
  • Carrot: Carrot is a tasty addition to this dish. They’re not only delicious but nutritious as well.
  • Avocado: Gives a nice creamy texture that goes well with the crunch.
  • Red bell pepper: Any color would be lovely. Given how much green is already present in the roll, I would avoid using green.
  • Yellow bell pepper: Fresh bell peppers that have been thinly sliced are ideal for adding to vegan sushi.

How To Make Raw Vegan Sushi?

  1. Rinse and drain sunflower seeds, and process sunflower seeds in a food processor until resembles bread crumbs.
  2. Add celery, pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, tahini, and salt in the food processor. Process until smooth, periodically pausing and using a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Lay 1 nori sheet, rough side up, on the cutting board. Place ¼ cup sunflower pate leaf on a nori sheet, covering the sheet and leaving ¼ inch surrounding the edges
  4. Stack carrot strip avocado slice, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and carrot in a narrow line 1 inch from the long edge of the nori sheet.
  5. Fold the nori sheet over the vegetables, and roll the sheet away from you as tightly as possible.
  6. Dab the edge of the nori sheet with water to seal and close. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each roll into 6 bite-size pieces with a serrated knife.

Serving Suggestions

Any of the following serving options would go nicely with these raw vegan sushi rolls:

  • For a tasty lunch or dinner, pair it with the simple sesame tamari dressing!
  • Other great dipping sauces are tahini-based dynamite sauce and cashew cream sriracha sauce.
  • Enjoy with a small cup of this simple Vegan Tomato Soup or Jamaican Pumpkin Soup with greens.

Raw Vegan Sushi


Although it’s ideal to serve this vegan sushi right away, it may be prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up to a day. Since some vegetables may oxidize in the meantime, I would advise preparing the sushi rolls ahead of time and slicing them immediately before serving.

You could alternatively prepare the ingredients separately while leaving the avocado whole to prevent browning, and slicing the avocado immediately before assembling.


  • Try using a bamboo sushi mat if you’re having trouble keeping the sushi to stay together while you roll it. It only requires that you spread your nori over it, adds your toppings, then rolls it up using the sushi mat.
  • To achieve clean-looking cuts, slice your rolls using a sharp knife.
  • To make rolling the sushi easier, avoid using an excessive amount of toppings.
  • Also, when rolling, press down evenly and firmly, but don’t pull on the roll because nori is delicate and will break.

Vegan Sushi Ideas

Are you still looking for the best vegan sushi fillings? You know, if you’re new to making homemade sushi, it’s natural to desire some unique vegetarian sushi ideas. You’ll love experimenting with various creative sushi fillings like:

  • Incredible sushi stuffed with fried sweet potatoes.
  • Protein sources include baked/air-fried tofu and sautéed tempeh.
  • Mushrooms
  • Any crunchy vegetable, such as beet, cucumber, radish, zucchini, or spring onion.
  • Squeeze off the liquid from the sauerkraut or kimchi; it has a lovely flavor.
  • Greens such as arugula, sprouts, and microgreens.

Raw Vegan Sushi

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Sushi Vegan?

No sushi that contains fish is vegan. Some restaurants, however, provide vegan rolls or can adapt with simple adjustments.

Can Raw Vegans Eat Sushi?

Vegan sushi can be made in many different ways. These dishes do, however, contain rice, which is off-limits to raw vegans. Fortunately, raw vegans do not have to refrain from this delectable delicacy, as there are multiple methods for preparing raw vegan sushi.

Because rice is the main item that must be replaced, there are a few raw vegetables that can be used in its stead. Seed, which is what is utilized in this recipe, is my personal favorite. Sunflower seed pate is a great alternative to rice because it keeps together well and isn’t as crispy as other veggies.

Cauliflower, broccoli, and sprouts are more options. All of these are very healthy choices. When I prepare this recipe, I like to make a few different versions so that I can try a little bit of everything.

It can be challenging to substitute raw vegan foods with vegan protein. Although I personally consume a lot of protein, this could be less significant to others. Actually, this dish for raw vegan sushi has a good amount of protein. Protein can be found in avocado, nori, and pate, as well as in modest amounts of the other ingredients. Add some sprouts to increase the protein content even more!

What Vegetables Taste Good In Vegan Sushi?

I love preparing vegan sushi for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it can be made in a variety of ways. Practically any vegetable can be thrown into the roll, and it will turn out great. The following veggies are some of my favorites to incorporate in raw vegan sushi: carrots, avocado, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, and purple cabbage.

Does Vegan Sushi Taste Like Fish?

I’ve never been a fan of fish’s flavor. Before becoming vegan, I hardly ever ate sushi because I detested the taste. As a result, I was quite hesitant to make vegan sushi since I felt the seaweed would give it an overly fishy flavor.

Fortunately, vegan sushi doesn’t taste fishy. Although it doesn’t taste like fish, it has a faint ocean flavor. This is something that I really enjoy because it has such a distinctive flavor. Also, I enjoy it when the sushi enhances the flavor of liquid aminos, which I love to dunk my sushi in.

If you’re missing the seafood flavor in your raw vegan sushi, try adding some Old Bay seasoning and miso paste to the mixture. This will give the food a fish-like taste boost of spice and salt.

How To Prep Veggies For Raw Vegan Sushi?

When cutting veggies for a veggie sushi roll, keep in mind:

  • In order to easily and accurately cut with precision, you should use an extremely sharp knife.
  • Make long, thin strips out of them. You can either chop them into matchstick-like strips or maintain their length, as with asparagus.
  • Leave the skin on vegetables such as cucumber for extra color and texture, if you are used.
  • Prepare the vegetables ahead of time so they’re all set to go when the time comes to roll!

Is Raw Vegan Sushi Nutritious?

Vegetarian sushi is made with a wide range of ingredients, so the health benefits are highly dependent on the ingredients used. Avocado, carrot, bell pepper, and seed are all popular choices. Sushi made with these foods is extremely healthy and nutrient-dense, so it can help you stay in better shape.

Can I Make Ahead Raw Vegan Sushi?

Although it’s best to eat this vegan sushi the same day you make it, you can prepare it the night before, wrap in a towel or cling foil and keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Raw Vegan Sushi

Delicious fresh and crunchy Raw Vegan Sushi rolls are filled with a yummy pate, avocado, carrot, and bell pepper!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Raw Vegan Sushi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 339kcal


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds soaked 30 minutes
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raw tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 nori sheets
  • 1 cup sunflower pate
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 avocado peeled, seeded and cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper cut into strips


  • Rinse and drain sunflower seeds, process sunflower seeds in a food processor until resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add celery, pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, tahini, and salt in the food processor. Process until smooth, periodically pausing and using a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Lay 1 nori sheet, rough side up, on cutting board. Place 1/4 cup sunflower pate leaf on nori sheet, covering the sheet leaving 1/4 inch surrounding the edges
  • Stack carrot strip avocado slice, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper and carrot in narrow line 1 inch from the long edge of nori sheet.
  • Fold nori sheet over vegetables, and roll sheet away from you as tightly as possible.
  • Dab edge of the nori sheet with water to seal and close. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each roll into 6 bite-size pieces with serrated knife.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3548IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks really tasty! I haven’t heard of sunflower pate before. Will be looking for that locally!

  2. 5 stars
    Sushi is one of our favorite foods and we eat it on an almost weekly basis. I’ve never tried vegan sushi before though! Love the combination of flavors and textures in this recipe though!

  3. I’ve never been a fan of sushi because I’m not a huge fan of fish, so this would be perfect for me! I love all the fresh flavours and bright colours you’ve got going on!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve never had raw vegan sushi, but this recipe looks delicious! I love the combination of veggies and sunflower seeds in nori, it sounds like the perfect plant-based lunch.

  5. 5 stars
    I love your sushi variation!! It’s so colorful and with those vegetables I imagine it’s also crunchy. I didn’t know sunflower seeds could taste like salmon. That is good to know. Whenever I’m in the mood for sushi and I don’t have the right kind of rice, I will make this version.

  6. 5 stars
    You know when I think of vegan sushi I just think of a California roll. I love that you packed these full of veggies with lots of flavor for a different take on it.

  7. Oh adding this to my list of vegan recipes. Great way to get some extra veggies in the diet!

  8. 5 stars
    Vegan or not that is a great way to get a few extra veggies and nutrition into your diet. Love how simple this is. I’m a huge fan of anything Tahini. Saving for later.

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