Avocado Cucumber Hand Rolls with Sweet Teriyaki Mayo

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The San Francisco Bay Area has been experiencing some serious heat this summer. Well, serious heat by Northern California standards. I grew up in Philly so I know what REAL heat is but let’s just say I’ve acclimated to the west coast climate. By late afternoon I can barely stand in my kitchen located at the center of my house, much less turn on the oven or light up the stove! These simple hand rolls are the perfect answer. Easy to assemble, beautiful to display, scrumptious to eat and they require no heat!

I’m fairly new to the hand roll. Our family usually orders maki (sushi rolls) or nigiri (usually served as two pieces with the main ingredient atop a bed of rice with a nori belt). But lately we’ve been loving the simple grandeur of the hand roll. The nori stays crispy at the top but gets softer as you make your way to the bottom, sort of like an ice cream cone! And the joy of sinking your teeth into a delicate abundance of your favorite veggies is pure bliss.

These hand rolls are our kids’ favorite: avocado and cucumber with a sprinkling of green onions and toasted black sesame seeds. They are rice-less but feel free to add in some sushi rice if you’d like. I added my signature Sweet Teriyaki Mayo to give it that extra kick and we were on a roll. ; )

Here’s what you’ll need (makes 4):

For the hand rolls

  • 4 sheets of sushi nori  (1/4 of the sheet cut off so it’s a square)
  • one avocado, sliced
  • about 1/4 cup cucumber, sliced
  • one green onion, trimmed and finely sliced
  • a sprinkling of black sesame seeds

For the Sweet Teriyaki Mayo

  • 2 tbsp Vegenaise (vegan mayo)
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp agave

Begin by making the Sweet Teriyaki Mayo. Whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

Next, place a trimmed nori sheet on a flat surface. Place some avocado and cucumber at a slight diagonal in the bottom right corner of the nori sheet. Begin rolling it upward into a conical shape. Dab some warm water on the final edge to get the nori to stick to itself and close the cone. These really don’t have to be perfectly rolled, as you can see from my photos. I am no expert and yours will likely look even better than mine! They just need to stay together long enough to be consumed which won’t be long at all.

After rolling each hand roll, top with some green onion and black sesame seeds. The using a small spoon, drizzle some of the Sweet Teriyaki Mayo on top. Serve in glasses or flat on a serving platter and enjoy!

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Happy eating!

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