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Light, fluffy, and short-grained, bulgur makes a great alternative to rice for veggie sushi. Here, it’s infused with maple syrup and rice vinegar for a touch of sweetness. Cilantro sprigs are tucked in with the vegetables to give these rolls a hit of fresh, herbal flavor. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, try substituting basil, parsley, or tarragon.

Bulgur Sushi with Zucchini - Held with chopsticks, with a dab of wasabi on the side


  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 3 toasted nori sheets
  • 1 medium zucchini, seeded and cut into twelve 4×¼-inch strips
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced, and separated into strips (1 cup)
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
  • 12 fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • Wasabi paste


  1. In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, arrowroot powder, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan bring 1½ cups water to boiling. Stir in bulgur and vinegar mixture. Cover pan and remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes. Drain; fluff bulgur with a fork.
  3. Prepare a station to assemble rolls. Lay sushi mat on cutting board; place a nori sheet lengthwise on mat. Spoon ⅔ cup of the bulgur onto nori. Using your fingers, press bulgur into an even layer, leaving a 1-inch border on the top and bottom edges of nori. Arrange one-third of the vegetable strips and cilantro lengthwise over bulgur.
  4. Lift bottom edge of the mat and roll nori sheet over vegetables, making sure to tuck the veggies under as you roll so they are not pushed out the top. Roll to top and seal by pressing nori edge into roll. If needed, brush edge with water to seal.
  5. Dip a long, sharp knife in water, then cut roll in half. Cut each piece in half again, and then again to make eight pieces.
  6. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 to make and cut two more rolls. Serve rolls with tamari and wasabi paste.

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Julietta9 months ago
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You are the best , thank you so much for giving us acsses to all your beautiful recipes
Thank you

ian h.11 months ago
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You’re on a roll with all these sushi recipes lately. I need to put the sushi making kit stashed in my pantry to use and try one of them soon!

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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