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{Healthy Spring Salads} Sushi Salad w/ Carrot-Ginger Dressing

March 24, 2014

If you ignore the fact that it’s freezing outside (at least in this neck of the woods), Spring is totally here! You know what this means right? 1 in every 7 days of the week might actually be nice enough to not wear your winter coat. True story, it’s not out of norm for it to snow in May here. Remind me why I live in Canada again?

But I have heard birds chirping and I have downgraded from parka to pea coat so the signs are definitely there. Before you know it I’ll be complaining about the sweltering heat and joining a nudist colony because I can no longer stand the feeling of clothes sticking to my body. That thought has crossed my mind…

Spring-SaladsBut today is not about nudist colonies! It’s time to celebrate the longer days, the flowers blooming and the re-introduction of non-squash or apple-based recipes. Wahoo! So my fellow veggiephile bloggers and I have teamed up once again to bring you ALL THE FRUITS AND VEGGIES and welcome spring in style!

Remember when my New Years Resolution was to eat a salad a day? Yeah, I don’t either. Well actually I haven’t been terrible at it. I would say I eat some sort of salad on most days, but I haven’t been too diligent about it. Goal setting has never really been my strong suit. Maybe it’s my lack of creativity when it comes to salads. I tend to pile on the same things and then I get bored. But now that spring is here and I can actually purchase fruits of veggies that haven’t been shipped halfway across the world before consuming them, I think it’s time I step up my salad game.


We’ll call it a spring resolution cleaning of sorts.

So grab your knives, peelers, shredders, spiralizers and all your other various kitchen gadgets so we can welcome Spring, foodie-style!

Let’s kick things off with the newest member of the club! Welcome the fabulous Ali from Inspiralized. If you haven’t checked out her blog, DO IT NOW. This lady can spiralize anything! Not sure where to start? How about this Jalapeño Carrot Rice Salad with Avocado, Roasted Pepitas & Charred Red Peppers?

Jalapeno Carrot Rice SaladYou might remember Kelly from last Friday when I guest posted for her with my Caprese Turkey Burgers. Kelly and I both agree that we are basically foodie soulmates and are obsessed with all the same food. No surprise we both made Asian-themed salads. Her Chinese Chopped Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing is topping my to-make list!

Chinese Chopped Salad with Orange Sesame DressingIt’s beyond me how my jet-setter bestie Lee has time to cook, let alone blog (check out the incredible behind-the-scenes look at her Propel Water Photoshoot!), but as per usual she never ceases to amaze me with this gorgeous Strawberry Arugula Salad with Poppyseed Dressing.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Poppyseed DressingYou didn’t think we were gonna leave out our beloved fruit did you? Lexi has got you covered with this delicious sounding Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Chips that are grain-free. She is the Paleo queen after all!

Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Homemade Cinnamon Sugar ChipsAnd finally, yours truly. Maybe not the most “spring-y” of salads, but this Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing will honestly fulfill your sushi cravings without actually having to go out and buy it (unless you make it at home in which case, I salute you). Plus it’s made with cauliflower rice so you can sneak that extra serving of veggies in there too!

Sushi Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

Sushi Salad w/ Carrot-Ginger Dressing

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 15 mins

Keywords: entree salad gluten-free dairy-free paleo low-carb cauliflower salmon

Ingredients (Serves: 2)

For the salad:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower (for cauliflower rice)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium english cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 pieces roasted seaweed (I use Sushihane)
  • 2 pieces of sushi grade salmon or tuna steaks

For the Carrot-Ginger dressing:

  • 1 1/2 T coconut aminos (or tamari or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tsp water


For the salad:

1. To make cauliflower rice, chop small cauliflower head into florets and then add to a food processor or blender. Pulse until rice consistency is reached (about 1 minute).

2. Peel and grate carrot (reserve 1/2 cup for dressing).

3. Seed and chop cucumber and chop avocado.

4. Rip seaweed into bite-sized pieces.

5. Chop salmon or tuna into bite-sized pieces.

6. Combine all in a large bowl.

For the carrot-ginger dressing:

7. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and process until well combined. If too thick add a teaspoon of water.

8.Top salad with dressing and serve.

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So there you have it! 5 interesting and easy ways to eat more fruits and veggies this season. I had a fabulous time teaming up with this spectacular group of ladies and am so excited for the exciting things we have coming your way. Get ready for more delicious recipes, themed round-ups and possibly some wish-list giveaways!

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  • Reply
    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    March 24, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I LOVE sushi and I LOVE salads so this must be amazing 🙂 Great idea!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    March 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    It certainly doesn’t feel like spring today – 22 degrees F and breezy. Brrr!

    I LOVE salads and was definitely in the need to for some new ideas, so this is super exciting!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I am totally a SPRING girl. I also really enjoy summer. I think I am the one person that doesn’t complain about the heat. I freakin’ LOVE it! I do love hoodies, boots, and scarves but I would be okay if I never had to wear them again 🙂

    I love the twist on the salads. I am always looking for ways to spice them up! Thanks!

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    March 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

    for real, this weather is wild turkeys. do you remember those 2 semi-nice days when spring showed her face? neither do i. wtf.

    but i do love me some salads! i need to stuff my face with these so i can look good beside them younger bitches in BBM2014.

    Vodka and Soda

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Ah, if only eating salads each day would make spring weather come a little faster. They’re talking about a potential blizzard on the east coast this weekend. Sigh.

    Either way, this is great and you are so impressive! Do your thang girl!

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    March 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Mmm so many salads to choose from!

    The winter is seriously getting to me. Have you seen the Rick Mercer video about 7 day forecasts? So true!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I want it to be warm soooo badly. We have some Canada weather stopping by early this week and it’s really the pits. I highly recommend you move farther south (I should too). But that said I’m so excited for spring and these salads are just the thing to get me daydreaming of warmer days to come (maybe next weekend!).

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    meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I love salads- the bigger the better. Especially when I am ravenous, a big (and good) salad always hits the spot. Super excited to try out your sushi salad.

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    March 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love this theme! Hurray spring!

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    Meghan @fitnesscrEATures
    March 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Are you kidding me? That sushi salad looks PERFECT it doesn’t even look real. You know when you see ads for food and then you get the actual food and it’s nothing like the picture? Yah, you must know the people who do that! Ha but really, all of these look perfect!! AND your sushi salad… damn!!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Ugh, I think I’ve had one or two days this month where I haven’t had to wear a winter coat? Winter, please die.
    And ohmygod sushi salad. Basically, my taste buds in a salad. I remember ordering a sushi salad at Earl’s like 2 years ago, and apparently I really loved it because I still remember it.

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    Deryn @ Running on Real Food
    March 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

    This is so creative and pretty! Love the sounds of the dressing too. Spring has definitely arrived in Vancouver already so I’m on the look out for yummy salads, thanks for sharing all these!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    March 24, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I am obsessed with this recipe!!! If you couldn’t tell from my logo, I LOVE sushi. This is such a creative take on it. Major props girl!!!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Ughhhhh Davs there you go again being all awesome and stuff. When is this madness going to stop? (please don’t stop).

    I do the SAME thing with salads, like I only use the same toppings and then eventually I’m like gross so I don’t eat them for a while. BUT! I have this really good restaurant copy cat salad up my sleeve that’ll be appearing soon. 🙂 aka next week

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    March 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I love a good salad but I get stuck in a rut! These salads are all great and very unique! My favorite season is summer for sure! I could have summer 24/7 and be totally ok with it!

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    March 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    All of these salads look and sound delicious (too bad it is snowing outside and not even a little springy!!).
    The pictures of your salad are totally amazing – I’m so impressed with how it looks that I don’t know if I would ever actually try it – mine would look like a pile of food!!

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    Brittany @ Barr & Table
    March 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Oh my word all of these salads are gorgeous! Love the team work too 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Legit I had a note in my phone about future recipe ideas and sushi salad was one of them!! TWINZ. Thanks for doing it for me. Lookatchew popping out fab recipes like a madwoman! Back to the thesis k bye.

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    March 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Darling, my most favorite parts of your posts are your intros. I don’t know how you do it, but I laugh out loud everytime about your silliness. Thank you for that.
    And oh, the salads – I am SO SO SO boring it’s incredible. I throw in salad greens and cherry tomates. And a can of tuna. That’s it. No wonder I feel sick of it after 2 days.
    Thank you for all these colorful and pretty ideas here – I am especially intrigued by these cinnamon chips thingies. Wait, that’s not a salad.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve been slacking big time on the veggie front lately. I used to be so good with eating at least one salad a day, but these days I’m lucky to get in one salad a -week-. Ugh. I blame the cold and the fact that I’m just sick of winter. If I had my way, it would be fall all year round.

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    March 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    How cute is that sushi salad! It reminds me of the time I used to pack bento boxes for lunch – my chef gave me the weirdest looks, but I enjoyed them a lot. Will definitely try to recreate this salad. And I love that you girls teamed up on that. Using the healthblog network to get an idea out is so inspiring and fun!

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    March 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    mmmmm salads 🙂 I’m not a sushi fan at all, but I do crave salads like no ones business in the summer!! I don’t like typical salads though. I’m more of an edamame salad, pasta salad or some sort of tomatoes basil mozzarella salad thing. Does that make any sense? lol Although Ive been chewing down on a certain spinach salad lately. Its just been hitting all the craving spots!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    March 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    once upon a time it was my resolution too…thanks for these amazing ideas!!

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    Shashi @
    March 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    You gals did awesome – these are some great salad ideas – love your sushi salad with carrot ginger dressing, Davida!
    I adore salads – I tried to eat a salad a day for a whole week – thinking it might work much like a rain dance and move spring here quicker – alas the whole thing backfired and we are back to lows in the 30’s this week – with 29 F on Wednesday!

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    March 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    All of these salads soud good! It’s spring here but currently still feels like the middle of winter. I love sushi but never make it at home, I need to try this dressing! It would probably also go perfect with my typical spinach and sweet potato salad. I love ginger and sweet potatoes.

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Hahaha giiiirl you crack me up. I’d almost rather take spring’s bipolar weather over summer’s hot and sticky weather. I’m so glad I have air conditioning this year #upgrade (last year was awful). Yes I ammmm a salad eater–I’ve been eating them every day for lunch for the past 3 weeks and I be I be lovin them!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    March 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    All those salads look amazing! I’ve been craving big salads lately, so I’m definitely checking out all these recipes. We’re up to 2-3 days of actual spring a week now (today’s a winter day). Can’t wait for summer!

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    March 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Okay I thought I had the art of the sushi salad down, but this looks absolutely amazing.

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    March 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I love that carrot ginger dressing!!!!! Right now I’m obsessed with spinach, strawberry and blueberry salad with sliced almonds and poppyseed dressing. SO GOOD!!!

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    March 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you Davida for your kind words on my post today! I truly appreciate it. You know what else I can always appreciate?? Sushi style ANYTHING and this salad is calling my naaaaaame!!! I definitely get in a rut with salads as well. These all look so delicious! Those lovely slices of fish look yummy!

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    March 24, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    What I wouldn’t do for every one of those salads right now. Rice is killing me. #thirdworldcountryprobs.

    I made a huge salad for lunch everyday at home – greens, grilled veggies, goat cheese, chicken sausage, avocado… how #paleo of me.

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    March 25, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Wait is this the salad dressing at almost every Japanese restaurant on this side of the globe? If so, I have to make it right now! I always love eating their salads even though it’s iceberg (blah) most of the time.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    March 25, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Got such a kick from your comment of changing from parka to peacoat. It’s the same for me in WI! We have to hold onto the little things, right?

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 25, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Remember when I promised you I’d make your morning glory muffins as my first official recipe?

    Scrap that. I’m making this. I almost forgive you for posting it way past my bedtime. Genius. Delicious. YES.

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    jill conyers
    March 25, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Love love salads! So many great things about this post so instead of mentioning one favorite I’ll say love it all! Time to do a little pinning.

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Looks wonderful Davida! I love me some sushi salads, although I might forgo the salmon 😉

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    Ursula @ Northern Ambitions
    March 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    All of these salads look so so tasty! Can’t wait to start going to farmer’s markets and filling my plate with colourful veggies 🙂

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    March 28, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Last summer and fall, I overdid it on salads simply because my CSA gave me a couple heads of lettuce every week. That’s a lot of greens for just the Hubby and me. It’s been a few months though, with only a salad here or there, but certainly not everywhere, so my lettuce loving days are slowly and surely starting to perk back up. Just in time for Spring and this post, which had so many amazing and beautiful salads, I don’t even know where to begin. Thanks for sharing all the deliciousness.

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