Quinoa Avocado Sushi

I have a real passion for sushi.

In fact, my husband and I are huge fans. We used to go get sushi nearly every weekend when we went on our weekly date in Arizona. Yes, I still date my husband… it’s important when you have 4 kids to stay connected. Plus I always say ‘a babysitter is cheaper than a divorce.’ Feel free to use that line. 😉

Back to the sushi, we love it. I often make a roll or two at home, and my kids love it too. This time I decided to switch things up a bit, and instead of using white sushi rice, I substituted it with quinoa. Works like a charm… a healthy little charm!

Quinoa and Avocado Sushi Rolls (with sun dried tomatoes and bacon)


I know making your own sushi sounds like a difficult task, after all, those sushi chefs can make some pretty elaborate creations. But fear not, a simple sushi roll is a piece of cake to put together. Who knows, maybe after a few tries you’ll be whipping up some creative rolls of your own!

Washing Quinoa

I prepared the quinoa in place of the white sushi rice, but prepared it in the exact same manner as I would have prepared the rice. So if you want to use the traditional rice you can just substitute it accordingly. I found that the quinoa was not quite as sticky as white sushi rice would be, but it still held together very well; and is much healthier.

Quinoa & Avocado Sushi Rolls

California Avocados are a common ingredient found in sushi rolls. It’s creamy texture pairs perfectly with just about anything else you add to the roll. I love the combination of avocado and sun dried tomatoes (I made these Avocado Egg Rolls and this tasty Crostini Topper with the two ingredients), so why not add a little bacon to the mix and stuff it inside a quinoa sushi roll?

Sounds like a plan to me! Let me show you how simple it really is…

How to Roll your own Sushi!

You should be able to find all your ingredients (like a bamboo rolling mat, nori, and japanese mayo) in the Asian isle of your local supermarket.

First thing you’ll want to do is prepare your quinoa, and have it cooled and ready to go. Lay out your bamboo rolling mat on a flat surface, lay a piece of plastic wrap on top, then a sheet of Nori (seaweed/ sushi paper). Use the back of a wooden spoon to gently press the quinoa (or sushi rice) onto the Nori, about 1/4″ thick. Leave a 1/4″ of the paper uncovered at one end. Then lay your filling ingredients across the other end.

Avocado Sushi Filling

Once your filling is down, you will carefully roll the end closest to you up and over the filling by picking up the bamboo mat. Go slow at first, making sure to use the mat to press the roll together tightly.

Roll Sushi

Carefully remove the roll from the plastic wrap and bamboo rolling mat, and find a really sharp knife to make some cuts.

Quinoa and Avocado Sushi Rolls (with sun dried tomatoes and bacon)

I whipped up some spicy Japanese mayo to drizzle over the top for some added flair. Totally reminds me of all the Japanese restaurants we used to visit. So good.

Quinoa and Avocado Sushi Rolls (with sun dried tomatoes and bacon)

This Quinoa Avocado Sushi Roll would make a fantastic appetizer for a date night at home, or a delicious lightened-up lunch. You can even impress your friends with your newly learned sushi rolling skills. Whatever you put into your sushi creation, just don’t forget to add some tasty California Avocados!

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Quinoa and Avocado Sushi Rolls (with sun dried tomatoes and bacon)
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Quinoa and Avocado Sushi Rolls

This Quinoa Avocado Sushi Roll would make a fantastic appetizer for a date night at home, or a delicious lightened-up lunch. You can even impress your friends with your newly learned sushi rolling skills.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 251 kcal
Author: Shawn


For the Roll:

  • 3 sheets of Nori, sushi paper
  • bamboo rolling mat
  • plastic wrap
  • 1 cup of Quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ripe California Avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 3 strips of bacon, crispy

For the Spicy Mayo:

  • 2 tbsp Japanese Mayo
  • 2 tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • dash of Sesame Oil


For the Quinoa:

  • Wash the quinoa in cool water to remove any soapy residue. Place quinoa and water in a small sauce pan. Set to high heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 12-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar and salt over low heat. Stir constantly until the sugar and salt are dissolved, then remove from heat and cool. Once the quinoa is cooked use a wooden spoon to scoop it into a plastic or wooden bowl. (do not use a metal bowl, it does not react well to the vinegar). Pour the vinegar mixture over the quinoa gently fold it in. Let the quinoa cool to room temperature.

For the Sushi Roll

  • Place the bamboo mat on a flat surface, lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top, then a sheet of Nori on top of that.
  • Use the back of the wooden spoon to carefully spread the cooled quinoa evenly over the Nori (about a 1/4" thick). Leave about 1/4" of the Nori uncovered at the end furthest from you.
  • Place two to three pieces of California Avocado on top of the quinoa (the side closest to you), followed by a few pieces of sun dried tomato, then top with the crispy bacon.
  • Lift the end of the mat, and gently roll it over the ingredients, pressing gently. Roll it forward to make a complete roll. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Use a sharp and wet knife to cut into 1" pieces.

For the Spicy Mayo:

  • Combine the Japanese Mayo, Sriracha, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Whisk until combined, then drizzle over prepared sushi rolls, or serve on the side as a dip.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 12.4g | Cholesterol: 5.7mg | Sodium: 1059.4mg | Sugar: 4.5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 22mg
Keywords: avocado, Bacon, quinoa, sushi
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If you want more delicious Avocado recipes then be sure to check out my fellow California Avocado Ambassadors and what California Avocado inspired recipes they cooked up this month….

Dara @ Cookin’ Canuck – Shrimp, Avocado & Rice Noodle Spring Rolls
Kristen @ Dine & Dish – Cobb Salad Stuffed Pita Pockets
Rachel @ A Southern Fairytale – Salmon Patties with Avocado & Spicy Chipotle Aioli

Disclosure: This recipe was created and inspired by my partnership with the California Avocado Commission. I’m honored to be a compensated 2013 brand ambassador for CAC. All opinions expressed are my own. For more great recipes visit the California Avocado Commission website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
26 Responses
  1. Melina

    Surprised my bf last night when he got home and had this made for dinner. SO AMAZING! We are OBSESSED with sushi and we recently started cooking with quinoa and we love this quinoa sushi as much or more than the real thing!!!! Also the spicy mayo recipe is perfect! I’ve tried making spicy mayo in the past and it never quite turned out like the restaurants, the sesame oil is what I’ve been missing! Thank you so much! We love your site!

  2. Helen

    1st time making a “sushi” recipei EVER but turned out not 1/2 bad! Just need to work on cutting skills… Was a little difficult cutting through the bacon, or tomatoes but loved all the ingredients!

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  4. Lisa

    Shawn, thank you thank you for another fabulous gluten free lunch or dinner idea!!!
    I wonder if I can get my kids to eat it. Well I will try!

  5. Miranda

    Making these tonight for my vegetarian friend (using veggie ‘bacon’). So excited 🙂 First time rolling “Sushi” rolls…hopefully they aren’t too difficult 😉

  6. Maria G.

    This is more like a combination of two of my favorite foods: sushi and avocado. My husband also made avocado sushi and he added pepper to it to make it spicy. I have to admit it is fun whipping up sushi the way you want it especially when you use your favorite ingredients. My husband is not a fan of sushi when they are bought outside or in restaurants. He only eats sushi when he makes it.

  7. Wendy @ CookingQuinoa

    Oh, my! These look fabulous and I love the creativity. I can’t believe I’ve never tried quinoa sushi. I’m not a big seafood person so these look perfect for me.

  8. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Are you freaking kidding me??? I sure hope the CA Avocado Commission paid you BIG BUCKS to create this recipe. Super creative and delicious. I want to make it right now!!

  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    What a great idea to use quinoa! I have to admit that I am really picky about raw fish and so sushi is not always my favorite. I could totally do this yummy avocado and bacon combo though!

    1. Shawn

      Thanks Stephanie! Yeah, I tend to stick to the cooked sushi rather than the raw stuff too. My husband is giving me grief about calling this “sushi” since there isn’t any raw fish in it. Haha. Oh well!

      1. Dana

        Technically, raw fish doesn’t make sushi–it’s the sushi rice. 🙂 Not all sushi has to have raw fish–or fish at all–but it’s the rice that makes the sushi. So tell him he can give you a hard time about using quinoa instead of rice, but not about the lack of fish!

  10. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Oh em gee. I LOVE LOVE LOVVEEEE sushi and wish I could go on sushi dates with you 🙁 but in the meantime, I’ll definitely be trying this! So much easier and cheaper to make at home 🙂 plus, hello! Bacon and avo in a sushi roll sounds diviiiine. Like a spicy BLT. LOVE.

  11. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare

    I LOVE sushi! My husband and I moved about a year ago, and we don’t have a sushi restaurant where we live. 🙁 I’ve been wanting to make sushi for a while. This is a great tutorial, and it looks so easy! I love that you used quinoa instead of sushi rice! 🙂

    1. Shawn

      Thanks Crystal! We don’t have a sushi place near us anymore either, so it’s been fun experimenting and making fun rolls like this one. 🙂

  12. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Oh my gosh. I really don’t like sushi (I don’t like seafood in general) but this is my kind of sushi!!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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