Californian Rolls Recipe

Who knew Burger Sauce could be used to make sushi, here is a vegetarian recipe for you to try.

Serves — 4 people
Prep time — 10
Cooking time — 40


200g Short grain sushi rice
1 tbsp Rice wine vinegar
Nori sheets
Black sesame seeds
Olive oil for frying
1 medium carrot
Julienne Beetroot red pepper
Julienne 1 medium cucumber
Julienne 1 medium avocado
Firm tofu, sliced into thin strips
1 tsp salt
35g water

To Serve

Finely chopped spring onions
Chopped Fresh dill
LEON Burger sauce
Crispy onions


Wash and rinse the sushi rice thoroughly. Add to a saucepan with 330ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on, then turn off the heat and leave to stand for another 25 minutes without removing the lid. Allow the rice to cool slightly.

Heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the tofu strips for 3 to 4 minutes with a tablespoon of tamari.

Place a nori sheet lengthwise on a bamboo rolling mat with the shiny side down.

Fill a shallow bowl with cool water and wet your hands. Take a handful of the cooled sushi rice and place it in the centre of the nori sheet. Spread evenly, leaving a 3cm strip of the nori sheet uncovered at the top. Press the rice down flat with your hands.

Place some thin strips of cucumber, carrot, tofu and avocado in a line on the nearest edge / bottom of the nori.

Tucking your thumbs under the bamboo sheet, hold the ingredients with your fingers, lift the matt up and roll up and over filling. Keep rolling until you get to the last inch.

Wet your fingertips and leave a few drips of water on the remaining inch of the nori sheet and then roll the rest in and seal tightly. If it doesn’t stick then add a little more water to the edge of the nori.

Using a wet, sharp knife, slowly cut into 6–8 pieces.

Drizzle with burger sauce, extra dill and sesame seeds to serve.

The LEON LOVe Burger has something of a cult following since it launched on the menu in 2019 and this burger sauce is a big reason why. Rich and tangy, we’ve swapped the gherkin for dill to create a sauce that makes your food zing. Not just for burgers, it’s perfect for slathering over your roasties, boosting your beetroot or even straight from the jar! And it #JustHappensToBeVegan.

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