A novel salad inspired by temaki

JERRY ANNE DI VECCHIO,  – September 16, 2004

Smoked Salmon Sushi Salad

Chef Katsuo “Naga” Nagasawa at Cafe Del Rey in Marina Del Rey, California, presents smoked salmon in a beautifully structured, time-honored sushi roll. But he goes beyond tradition by seasoning the rice like a salad. Inspired by his innovation but lacking his technical skill, I’ve borrowed the essentials of Naga’s salmon roll for a simpler ― but still traditional ― temaki (hand-rolled sushi). I present the ingredients separately; diners put a little of each on a square of nori, then fold the seaweed over the filling ― sort of a Japanese taco.

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