Kale Sushi Rice Bowls

Kale Sushi Rice Bowls | In Jennie's Kitchen

Admittedly, this recipe for Kale Sushi Rice Bowls is as authentic as using ketchup as sauce on your pizza. The inspiration, though, is from Virginia’s deep love for maki rolls. She’d be happy with just the rice and nori (dried seaweed), so that’s how this recipe came to be.

Instead of making proper sushi rice, I used leftover cooked white rice as a shortcut. I could’ve used seaweed snacks, but those packs are so insanely expensive unless you find them on sale. That’s when the idea to swap in these Crispy Baked Kale Chips came to mind.

Virginia isn’t a fan of fish, but if I were making this for myself, I’d totally add some poached or roasted salmon. Canned tuna would be great, too. You can even add some hard boiled eggs to really bulk it up.

That’s the beauty of these Kale Sushi Rice Bowls—you can customize them as you see fit.

Some other ideas include chopped cucumber, black sesame seeds, and avocado. This original recipe was part of the project I worked on as a partnership between Dress It Up Dressing and ECOlunchox. You can find the recipe for my Kale Sushi Rice Bowls here.

Kale Sushi Rice Bowls | In Jennie's Kitchen

This vegetarian mock sushi bowl is perfect for back to school lunches.

ECOlunchbox provided complimentary samples of their 3-in-1 nesting lunchbox. All opinions expressed are my own, as always. 

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Kale Sushi Rice Bowls | In Jennie's Kitchen

Kale Sushi Rice Bowls

Servings 1


  • Kale “Sushi” Bowl
  • Serves 1
  • ½ cup leftover cooked rice
  • ½ cup Crispy Baked Kale Chips crumbled (get the recipe here)
  • 1 teaspoon Basic Vinaigrette recipe here
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Add the rice, kale chips, vinaigrette, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil to a small bowl. Stir until well mixed. Season with salt, as desired.

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