Perfect Weekday Lunch: Vegan Nori Rolls

I created this recipe with leftovers, and it turned out to be one of my son’s favorite afternoon snacks! I guess it’s because of the crunchiness of the sheet of nori, as well as the very tasty sesame-based dressing.

These nori rolls are raw, vegan and gluten-free; they're highly nutritious. Nori is a sea vegetable that provides protein, iron and iodine. These rolls will also give you a healthy boost of vitamins, minerals, and essential fats from the sunflower and sesame seeds. It's great for women, who often tend to have magnesium deficiencies.

Carrots and lettuce are usually the fillings people always keep in the fridge, but you may also use avocado and cucumber, or whatever sounds good to you.

Perfect Weekday Lunch: Vegan Nori Rolls

Serves 2

Total time 15 minutes

Ingredients for the rolls

  • 2 sheets of nori
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 2 large lettuce leaves, chopped coarsely
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds

Ingredients for the Japanese sesame dressing

  • 1.5 Tbsp. sesame paste
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin
  • ½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Japanese soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. white sesame seeds


First, you will make the sesame dressing: mix all the ingredients in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl. You will probably not use the whole dressing; it can be kept in a glass jar in the fridge for several weeks.

Place the sheet of nori on a kitchen board.

Add some sesame dressing (the amount you add will depend on your taste) and spread over the sheet with the back of a spoon.

Then, add chopped lettuce leaves, grated carrot, and sunflower seeds.

Roll everything together tightly.

Take a large knife and cut the nori roll in half. You can now eat the roll whole or slice it.

Enjoy the crunchiness!

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