No Rice Cucumber Salmon Sushi

No Carb Sushi! Rolled with Non Dairy Cream Cheese & Smoked Salmon

Who needs rice?

Oftentimes I feel rice is laid on SO thick on a sushi roll, and I find myself just picking the majority of it off. Plus, making a sushi roll without rice at home is way easier than attempting to use that bamboo mat, get your rice the right sticky consistency, and fit everything in the roll and manage to roll it! Rice-less roll to the rescue!

What type of cucumber should I use?

The perfect cucumber for this recipe is an English cucumber. This is the long cucumber that comes wrapped in plastic. These cucumbers are long enough to make the long strips used to roll this roll. They also have less seeds, and are not as full of water as other cucumbers.
It’s important to blot out the excess water before making this roll. You could even let the strips sit out for a few minutes before rolling to help evaporate some of the water.

What kind of salmon should I use?

In this recipe, I’m using smoked salmon. A note on smoked salmon, wild fish is always best, farmed fish can have added ingredients that aren’t natural, including color added to their feed! You could also use raw, sushi grade salmon for a more traditional salmon roll, but it can get tricky trying to find this grade of fish in your supermarket. You could also use crab, or keep it all vegetarian, using matchstick slices of carrot, and avocado!

Dairy free cream cheese

I don’t know about you, but as a dairy free gal, I am always on the hunt for a better, CLEAN version of cream cheese. My latest awesome find is this Miyoko’s cream cheese. Only a handful of ingredients and I LOVE IT! Cashews, cultures & coconut cream. It doesn’t have any chemical thickeners or xanthan gum which are not good for you, and inflammatory! This brand is a great option for non dairy cream cheese in this recipe.

Watch the video below…

If you are a bit intimidated by the process of making and rolling this roll, check out the video below to help you see the process in action. But I promise, it’s not hard to make, and you can do it!

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Total Time 10 mins
Servings: 1
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Rice free sushi! Use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice strips off of a cucumber to make the delicate wrap which rolls smoked salmon and cream cheese! These are tender, light and delicious! 

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Assemble the cucumber sushi!

    • Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the cucumber.
    • Starting at one end of the cucumber, press down firmly with the vegetable peeler and in one long stroke remove layers of the cucumber one by one to create the strips which will be the outside of the roll.
    • Lay the strips side by side, overlapping by about 1/4 inch. Top with paper towels, and press down, blotting out the excess water.
    • Spread a thin (or thick!) layer of cream cheese on the cucumber, leaving about 1 inch border around the sides.
    Check out the video below for a how-to!
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