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Recipe: Paleo Sushi Lunch Roll-Ups

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I think that most of the time, the hardest thing about being Paleo is lunch. I won't lie and tell you that I don't wish I could just have a fabulous sandwich with some really crunchy sourdough toast most of the time. When I'm in the mood for a sandwich, I often roll turkey and salami up in lettuce with some vegetables and call it lunch, but that gets old really fast. 

Really, my favorite thing to do is to just have leftovers from dinner. I bring them to work in a Tupperware container and reheat them in the microwave at the office, but what if your office doesn't have a microwave? 

And also, what if you just want some sushi?

Maybe my family is weird because we randomly have seaweed and a bamboo mat for sushi lying around, but this was a fun, alternative lunch idea that I didn't even have to go to the grocery store to make happen.

For the tuna salad
One or two cans of tuna
Mayonnaise (homemade is best)
Several tablespoons of chopped, pickled jalapenos
Salt and pepper

For the roll-ups
Avocado, tomato, lettuce 
Some veggie chips for texture
A package of seaweed sheets
(Get the seaweed + bamboo together here)

1. Make your tuna salad the way you normally would (unless you would normally add something not Paleo; I use homemade mayo and usually some relish, but this time I added jalapenos instead. Also, Sriracha.
2. Put a sheet of seaweed on the bamboo matt. Add some tuna and spread it out down the middle. Layer your fillings on top of each other.
3. Roll the seaweed up. It helps to get your hands a little wet to get it all sticking together.
4. Cut them up and serve. Make three more batches when your family asks what you are doing and sees how awesome they are.


  1. What recipe do you use for mayo? I tried making my own this afternoon and it stayed very liquidy. I used olive oil, an egg, and a little lemon juice, salt and ground mustard. It started to stink too!

    1. Pone recipe I found, which of course now I can't find it, stressed to let the eggs come to room temp on the counter for about 4 hrs. Then when you put them in the processor with the lemon juice, let those come to room temp together for about 30 mins. When you get to blending the oil in, only pour it in a veeeeeery thin stream, thinnest you can get it. Said it will take about five mins of pouring and your wrist will probably get tired. Hope that helps!

    2. Also, use a light tasting olive oil, or a different neutral tasting oil. Extra virgin olive oil has a strong flavor and throws off the taste of the mayo.

  2. Oh wow, what a great idea for rice-free sushi. I saw a few variations with cauliflower rice around the blog world, but never had the idea to just omit the rice completely. Yours look really good. Bet they would taste great with smoked salmon, too!

  3. Looks great! I'm going to try this--I've been missing sushi since I started eating mostly paleo (exceptions being events/restaurants)!

  4. Hahaha, I love that you have seaweed and a bamboo mat lying around! I laughed out loud at that one :) This is a seriously amazing lunch.

  5. yum, you first got me at sushi, and then paleo! YUM

  6. YUM had to share this on my FB page it is just so good looking.

  7. I have made sushi before, but I never thought of using tuna in place of rice! Thanks for the idea, it's brilliant!

    Small Dog the Blog

  8. this looks delicious! and is probably a lot healthier then regular sushi anyway!

  9. this looks amazing! what a good idea to add the chips for the crunch!

    you so smart.

  10. This sounds so freaking good!
    xo, Maria

  11. My first instinct was to click Like! So....Like, Like, Like!

  12. This looks very interesting! I might have to give it a try!


  13. this is brilliant!! i've seen plenty of variations on sushi that use cauliflower rice, but i'm sorry, cauliflower rice sucks ass! totally into the idea of a little tuna salad replacement! can we make these when I come visit you in a couple weeks???

  14. This looks delicious! Can you bring them to the Chicastic offices? We're kind of hungry over here, LOL!!

  15. Great looking recipe. Definitely going to add this to the arsenal.


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