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This California roll salad is a great keto friendly option to take the place of a popular sushi roll! These California roll lettuce wraps are great for lunches!

If you love sushi you have to try this California roll salad recipe. It’s a great option if you are trying to stick to a more low carb diet or if you are on Weight Watchers and want to cut out anything with a lot of points!

There’s a couple of ways to make this recipe so I’m going to show you how to make the lettuce wraps but keep in mind you can also prepare this as a salad which is so much easier and simpler to prep for lunches on the go.

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If you aren’t familiar with sushi or the different types of rolls that are available, that’s okay! It’s not a complicated process and this recipe is really family friendly and totally cooked! Have no fear, this is a great beginner recipe to try if you want the flavors of a really neutral and fresh sushi roll without the stress of uncooked fish, etc.

What is a California roll?

A California roll is a common sushi roll that is famously rolled inside out! The rice goes on the outside of the seaweed wrapper which makes it look a little different from some rolls.

The California roll usually uses rice, avocado, crab meat, and cucumber. We’re going to use a lot of those same flavors but we will be cutting out the rice which is great for those of us who are avoiding carbs!

finished California roll on lettuce

What is in this California roll salad recipe?

This recipe is really easy and in terms of gathering ingredients you don’t have to stress about finding much. These items should be relatively easy to grab in your next grocery order.

We will use large lettuce leaves. I like butter lettuce because the leaves are really pliable and easy to use for rolling. If you are making salads you can just use your favorite chopped mix or spring mix.

You will also need chopped imitation crab meat, cauliflower rice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, mayonnaise, sriracha, cucumber, carrots, avocado, and then some sesame seeds and sweetener for garnish if you like. Those are definitely optional.

close up of the finished recipe.

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Making healthy meals is a breeze with these kitchen essentials. Keeping things like this on hand makes my life so much easier in the kitchen.

Some things that are great to have on hand when prepping meals like this is a cutting board, sharp knives, and storage containers.

You can also benefit from a good skillet, a kitchen scale, measuring cups, and this awesome strainer tool!

finished California roll wrapped and ready to serve.

How to make California roll lettuce wraps:

Cook the cauliflower rice to your liking, and place into a mixing bowl. 

Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar and sweetener (optional). Pour sauce over the rice, and stir to combine. 

vinegar being added to the rice.

Let the rice cool completely. 

seasoning the rice.

Top the lettuce leaves with a serving of the cauliflower rice. (approx ⅓ cup)

cauliflower rice being added to the wrap.

Add the cucumbers, carrots, avocado and crab meat to the top of the rice on each lettuce leaf. 

veggies added to the salad wrap.

Mix together the mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. 

sriracha being added

Place the spicy mayo in a ziplock bag, and cut a tip off one corner. 

makes it easy to drizzle the sauce on top.

Drizzle the spicy mayo over the salad mixture. 

ready for the mayo to be added

Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. 

garnish being added to the California roll salad.

Can I make this as a salad instead?

You can absolutely prepare this as a salad instead of lettuce rolls. Just use chopped lettuce and place the mixture on top of your bed of lettuce for a nice meal that is easier to prep and eat. The rolls are fun and a great way to make California rolls that are still “rolls” without the carbs.

Of course if you don’t care about carbs you can always use regular rice in place of the cauliflower rice too so the options are there for you either way!

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Can I have this recipe on Weight Watchers?

Yes! The best thing about a WW plan is you can eat what you want. No restrictions on foods, but you do count points.

This recipe was calculated using the cauliflower rice.

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  • Be sure to calculate the points value of the foods and recipes you eat in the app.
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top down look at the finished California roll salad ready to eat.

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Printable California Roll Salad Recipe:

Featured image size showing the finished California roll salad

California Roll Salad

Yield: 5 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This California roll salad is a great keto friendly option to take the place of a popular sushi roll! These California roll lettuce wraps are great for lunches!

Ingredients

  • Large lettuce leaves
  • 8 oz. Chopped imitation crab meat
  • 2 C. Cauliflower rice or brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Rice vinegar
  • ¼ C. light Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1 C. Cucumber diced
  • ¼ C. Matchstick carrots
  • 1 medium Avocado diced
  • 1-2 tsp. Sweetener (optional)
  • Sesame seeds for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Cook the cauliflower rice to your liking, and place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar and sweetener (optional). Pour sauce over the rice, and stir to combine.
  3. Let the rice cool completely.
  4. Top the lettuce leaves with a serving of the cauliflower rice. (approx ⅓ cup)
  5. Add the cucumbers, carrots, avocado and crab meat to the top of the rice on each lettuce leaf.
  6. Mix together the mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.
  7. Place the spicy mayo in a ziplock bag, and cut a tip off one corner.
  8. Drizzle the spicy mayo over the salad mixture.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 261Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 14mgSodium 711mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 8g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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