Rainbow Sushi Completes The Rainbow Food Fad Perfectly

That's some raw rainbow.

By Aimée Lutkin

Personally, I have a very strict “no photos of food” on Instagram policy, but it mainly stems from the fact that a lot of what I eat is just piles of mush in a bowl. No one wants to see that. Instagram also inspires a lot of creations that have zero functionality. They’re they’re the couture of photographs. Not just with food, also with hair color, nails, makeup. Pretty much anything that looks great but wouldn’t survive a subway ride.


These rainbow food fads are made for Instagram. Coffee, bagels, milkshakes, grilled cheese. They all look wonderful, but you really gotta wonder how they taste. I’ve avoided them all, but I’ve just been won over by Rainbow Sushi. Look at it—it’s just so gorgeous!

Fill n' roll ✨🌟✨ #EatMorePlants #RainbowSushi

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It’s also not necessarily made with lots of sketchy neon chemicals. There’s beet powder for pink, gochujang for orange, and turmeric for yellow. Blue and purple are more complicated and involve boiling cabbage, but let’s be honest, you were probably never going to do this at home.

Rainbow unicorn sushi 🌈🍙❤️ by @theindigokitchen Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked sushi rice 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tbsp vegan sugar 1 avocado Bell pepper 1 Cucumber 1 sweet potato 1/4 piece purple cabbage 1/2 tsp baking soda Turmeric Beet powder Spirulina 1 tsp gochujang 5 sheets nori Colouring the rice Cook the sushi rice and place it in a bowl to cool and add the rice vinegar and sugar to your own taste. Mix it in using a wooden spoon (this will help prevent the rice to break) To make each colour you take a shallow bowl and put about half a cup of rice and mix in the food colouring. *keep in mind that you just want to colour the rice so don't add to much of each food colouring so you don't alter the taste to much. For red use a bit of beet powder For orange use a mixture of turmeric and beet powder or a small amount of gochujang (for this batch I used gochujang) For yellow add a little bit of turmeric For green use a little bit of spirulina and a pinch of turmeric For blue and purple Boil 1/4 piece of chopped cabbage in about 3 cups of water for about 30 minutes or until you're left with about 1 cup of water. Use this water to cook 1/2 cup of sushi rice and save about 3 tbsp of the purple water to make the blue food colouring. Now you've got your purple rice use some of the remaining white rice you made to make blue. Add about 1 tsp of baking soda to the purple water and it will turn blue, now add this to the sushi rice and mix it well. Assembling the sushi Chop your sweet potato in stripes and roast these in a preheated oven on 450 Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. Now chop the remaining ingredients into strips. Now get a bamboo roller and cover it with some plastic wrap to keep it clean. Add a sheet of nori and place strips of rice until you've got all the colours and top this with the filling. Now roll the suhsi and wet the end with a bit of water to make it sticky and place it on a platter or chopping board. Once you've rolled all your rolls, wet a sharp knife and slice your rolls to reveal a beautiful rainbow sushi! Enjoy! #letscookvegan

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I’m happy to pay professionals to make my sushi beautiful because that’s what I’ve been doing all along anyway. I’ll also leave the Instagrammable food to peoepl who know what they're doing. You really don’t want to see the lentil soup I had for lunch. It’s grey.

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