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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Sweet Sesame Dressing

35 min


If you love sushi, but don't have the energy to roll it all up, then this bowl is for you. The great thing about the dressing is that it makes it taste like sushi, even if the seaweed is left out. The soy sauce and sesame oil, along with the splash of zest make this dressing one of the best parts of the dish.



35 min


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The bowl

  • 1½ cups (285 g)
    uncooked brown rice, soaked overnight, drained
  • 2¼ cups (540 mL)
  • 1
    mango, chopped
  • 1
    avocado, chopped
  • ¼
    cucumber, chopped
  • 1½ cups (232 g)
    cooked shelled edamame
  • 1 cup (70 g)
    shredded red cabbage (optional)
  • ½ cup (48 g)
    wakame seaweed salad (optional)
  • ½
    small red onion, minced (optional)

The dressing

Optional garnishes

  • crispy fried onions
  • toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a medium pot, bring the rice and water to a boil*. Then reduce to a simmer, partially cover with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. When the rice is cooked, remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. To make the dressing, add all the ingredients to a jar and mix well.
  4. To assemble the bowls, add the rice as the base. Top with any prepared fruit or veggies of your choosing, and drizzle on the dressing. Garnish as desired, and enjoy!


  • If unable to soak ahead of time, cook according to the package instructions.
  • * If unable to soak the rice ahead of time, increase the water and cooking time.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Store the sauce separately for freshness.

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Grains & Starches 38%

uncooked brown rice

Proteins 0%
Fruits & Veggies 62%




cooked shelled edamame

shredded red cabbage

wakame seaweed salad

small red onion


No significant sources of calcium


sesame oil

Nutrition info

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Ruchi - Sept. 15, 2022, 2:03 p.m.

what can we use in place of mango? we dont get it round the year in India

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 8:47 p.m.

Hi Ruchi, you can omit the mango entirely for less sweetness or substitute it with another fruit or vegetable that you enjoy in sushi dishes. For example, yams, yellow bell pepper, dragon fruit, papaya, or strawberries might work well 🙂

Karen - Aug. 13, 2022, 10:18 p.m.

Such a delicious dressing, and so easy to make. This is all the yumminess of sushi without the hassle or cost! Thank you Sadia 🙂

PUL Team - Aug. 14, 2022, 6:24 a.m.

It means so much, Karen, thank YOU!

Marisol Boven - July 6, 2022, 1:11 a.m.

Love love this sushi bowl!! Thank you 🙏

Lorna - July 3, 2022, 10:08 a.m.

Love the convenience and the taste!

Xoch - May 19, 2022, 7:33 p.m.

I always make this during mango season. Very easy to make and nutritious. A perfect cool dish for a hot spring or summer day.

PUL Team - May 20, 2022, 1:17 a.m.

So thrilled to hear, Xoch, it means so much!

Alana - Jan. 27, 2022, 7:01 a.m.

This has been probably my least favorite meal from PUL but it is still very good. I didn't like the wakame seaweed salad at all, maybe it just the one I bought but I was definitely not a fan. Instead the other bowls I made with the left overs I used pickled onions and that was much more delicious.

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 8:11 p.m.

Hey there, Alana, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share the review! It's so appreciated to help us improve and we're sorry to hear it wasn't as successful. The wakame seaweed salad we purchased was from our local grocery store, although the taste can vary in our experience. If you're interested, nori seaweed sheets may be a more desirable alternative. Pickled onions are a lovely idea too though! We'll note down the feedback in any case, Alana, and thank you again for helping us grow 😊

Arin Justice - Nov. 13, 2021, 5:39 a.m.

I make this all the time! It's so simple and delicious, and easy to make! It's also so customizable, you can put whatever you want on top! I add tomatoes, carrots or whatever I've got lying around the house, and I add ginger paste Sriracha or chili garlic to the sauce depending on my mood! Thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - Nov. 13, 2021, 4:07 p.m.

Mmm sounds so delicious, Arin, thank YOU for taking the time to share ✨

Joanna - Oct. 12, 2021, 12:41 a.m.

This is a fantastic recipe! I've made it quite a number of times and it even made it for Thanksgiving this year. The sauce is simple but flavourful and really ties everything together. Definitely one of my favourite PUL recipes! Thanks Sadia!

PUL Team - Oct. 13, 2021, 2:49 a.m.

We're so honoured a PUL recipe was part of the special occasion, Joanna! Thank you 🤗

Anjali Karimpil - Sept. 23, 2021, 11:20 a.m.

I skipped on the seaweed salad, as I couldn’t find it. They were still pretty nice. Where do you get them? Also, if I have the dried seaweed, is there any way to I corporate that for taste instead of the fresh salad?

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

Hi there, Anjali! We get the seaweed salad from our local grocery store called Albert Heijn, refrigerated in the seafood section of the store. But for sure, you can definitely sub it out for dried seaweed. Just cut or tear it up and sprinkle it over top your bowl. We hope you enjoy the sushi bowl if you give it a try 😊

Sonia - July 23, 2021, 2:07 p.m.

This is a very nice recipe. The dressing is very tasty and I like how people can assemble it by themselves and pick their favorite toppings. I personally switch out the mango for some spicy baked tofu. Also great to make colleagues jealous of your colorful lunch :p

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 7:45 p.m.

Love the sub for spicy tofu, Sonia, thanks for sharing! 🌻

Céline - July 10, 2021, 11:12 p.m.

I used to make this a lot. I probably forgot about it because I have so many more favorite pickuplimes recipes now. But now that I remember I will make it again!

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 5:54 a.m.

Aww this means so much, Céline, thank you for taking the time to share the kind words 🤩

Erika - July 9, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

This is a PUL recipe I come back to over and over again. I find myself slightly altering some of the ingredients based on what I have on hand at the time but the dressing I follow religiously every time because it's perfect. I even use the dressing on a variety of other dishes as well, especially when I want to spice up a salad with big flavor.

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 2:48 a.m.

So glad you're able to adjust the recipe based on what's accessible, Erika! Love the idea of using the dressing on other dishes too 😍

Clarissa - June 15, 2021, 5:32 a.m.

This dish does taste like sushi in a bowl! It was super delicious! Really refreshing to have during the summer months!

PUL Team - June 15, 2021, 3:37 p.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed it, Clarissa ✨😃