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Rainbow Vegetable Sushi for Kids

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This rainbow vegetable sushi for kids recipe is easy and fun, and a great sushi for the whole family. With tons of beautiful colorful vegetables and lots of dipping sauce, this dinner is a fun activity the whole family can love – and everyone gets to make their own rainbow sushi roll!

This rainbow sushi for kids recipe is so great for kids! This vegetable sushi recipe is easy and fun, and a great sushi for the whole family.  With tons of beautiful colorful vegetables and lots of dipping sauce, this dinner is a fun activity the whole family can love - and everyone gets to make their own rainbow sushi roll!
A white rectangular plate with rainbow veggie sushi
A child picking up a piece of rainbow veggies sushi from a plate of sushi and a separate plate of sliced veggies

I have only recently discovered my love for sushi, and have discovered that making them at home is easy, super fun, and amazing! Making your own vegetable sushi rolls is awesome because you can get 100% what you want in your roll.

In my on going quest to teach my children a love for all food, I have been involving them in these little DIY at home adventures of mine, and love how enthusiastic they are about trying out my crazy ideas.

So how do you make sushi seem fun and exciting to kids? I wanted something that would still be easy to make, yet appealing for kids.

Raw fish was out, there was no way I would be able to get my kids to eat that (and I am assuming yours, too). I thought about putting something cooked in there for about 5 seconds – rotisserie chicken? seared tuna? They just didn’t sound appealing to me, and added more work.

In the end I decided to keep it vegetarian and only have fruits and veggies in there. To make it fun and appealing I took a page out of my Rainbow Pizza recipe and offered up a variety of choices in a rainbow array of colors. And hence, Rainbow Sushi was born!

Two children making rainbow veggie sushi

If you don’t have one of those friends you can call with your weird crazy ideas, you need to get one. I mean, how many people could you say “Hey! Let’s make vegetable sushi with 5 small children today!” to and not have them look at you like you were utterly crazy? So yes, making sushi with children IS a little crazy. It’s messy, and kind of chaotic, but friends –  its so dang fun.

Interested in adding more Asian flavors to your weeknight meals but not sure how to make it actually doable? Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Asian Cuisine for easy tips and recipes that are weeknight and kid-friendly and will help your weeknight meals be a win!

A woman with magenta nail polish picking up a piece of rainbow veggie sushi with chopsticks

How to Make This Vegetable Sushi Recipe Kid-Friendly

Making rainbow sushi at home isn’t as overwhelming as it might seem. Use these tips to make your homemade sushi night go over well!

  • Have your children help you select a rainbow variety of additives at the store – make sure you at 2 things for every color so there are lots of choices. Also don’t forget fruit like mango or avocado!
  • Make it PRETTY! I don’t mean cut everything into tiny little cutesy shapes, but present things in a fun way so it looks interesting. We arranged everything in a rainbow on a tray, but you could also use small bowls.
  • Make extra sushi rice. Seriously, make waaaay more than you need. You can always use leftover for a stir fry later, but its better to make sure you have enough than to run out!
  • Have a dipping sauce for kids – we offered shoyu (which is an organic soy sauce) and a mild version of my spicy mayo recipe.
  • I also like offering some protein along side of this, and if you like to as well, rotisserie chicken, seared tuna or salmon, or even chicken nuggets would work wonderfully.
A platter of rainbow veggies and a sushi mat with an unrolled veggie sushi

How to Make Sushi for Kids:

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You can find really inexpensive sushi rolling mats at World Market, as well as tons of other supplies you need (nori, sushi rice, rice vinegar, cute kid-friendly chopsticks, pickled ginger, little bowls for dipping sauces, seriously everything you could possibly want for a sushi making party).

If you have a child who doesn’t want to try a nori wrap (which is made out of seaweed), you have a few alternatives. You can either use a soy wrapper (which come in fun colors) or you can make spring rolls with spring roll wrappers or rice paper. If you end up using the spring roll wrappers, make sure you follow the directions on the package because these do not work like nori sheets at all. Do NOT put them on a bamboo rolling mat or you will have a giant sticky mess that won’t come off (yes, we made that mistake).

** In a few of the photos above you can see that I sprinkled some black sesame seeds on a sliced sushi roll, but I didn’t think it really added anything to the recipe at all (and all subsequent rolls didn’t get any) and so I left that part out of the recipe. Go ahead and add them in if you like, or leave them out.

Tips on Family Dinner Conversations:

Dinner time is more than cleaning your plate! Its also a perfect time to engage with your kids about what you are eating in an easy and stress-free way. Use these conversation starters to help open up a conversation about these Vegetable Sushi Recipe:

  • While making your vegetable sushi rolls, talk to your kids about the colors of  ingredients they are adding – can they add something red? Would they like something green? Allow them to pick and choose what they want.
  • What was crunchy in your roll? What was soft? Did you like the different textures in your roll?
  • What does the pickled ginger and shoyu smell like? Do you think it will taste like it smells?
  • What was your favorite part of this meal? What would you change to make it yummier?

Kids in the Kitchen:

One of the best ways to get kids interested in eating new foods (besides making food inspired by their favorite characters, books, and movies…) is to get them involved! Here are some easy ways your kids can help you create sushi for kids:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash and dry the produce, measure out ingredients for the rice, and help get out all the tools you need. They can also pick out what ingredients they want in their vegetable sushi roll.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help you do everything above, plus help you slice all the ingredients for the sushi. They can also make their own vegetable sushi roll with assistance.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help make the rainbow sushi.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

Children making veggie spring rolls

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A white rectangular plate with rainbow veggie sushi

Vegetable Sushi for Kids

This rainbow sushi for kids recipe is so great for kids! This vegetable sushi recipe is easy and fun, and a great sushi for the whole family.  With tons of beautiful colorful vegetables and lots of dipping sauce, this dinner is a fun activity the whole family can love - and everyone gets to make their own rainbow sushi roll!
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Course: 30 Minute Meal
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Jenni - The Gingered Whisk


For Sushi Rolls:

  • 6 nori seaweed warps
  • 2 cups sushi rice
  • 1 red orange, and yellow bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 carrot peeled and julienned
  • 1 mango sliced into thin strips
  • 1 avocado sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cucumber sliced into thin strips
  • ½ cup shredded purple cabbage
  • ½ cup cooked beets sliced into thin strips (I bought mine pre-cooked at the grocery store!)

For Serving:

  • Soy sauce
  • Pickled Ginger for super brave children
  • Wasabi for adults!


  • Combine the 2 cups uncooked sushi rice with 4 cups water.
  • Cover with a tight fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes. After 10 minute turn off the heat and allow to sit for another 10 minutes - DO NOT TAKE OFF THE LID!
  • Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients by slicing them as thin as you can (save the beet for last because it will dye everything).
  • When the rice is done cooking, stir in the rice vinegar and place it in a bowl to cool down slightly.
  • Place a nori sheet on to the bamboo rolling mat (make sure that the pieces of bamboo are horizontal so you can roll it).
  • Wet your hands in a bowl of warm water and place a small amount of rice on the nori and pat it into a thin layer to cover the nori. You want a continuous and even layer rice while still keeping it thin.
  • Add your fillings in a line about 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the nori roll.
  • Start to roll the bamboo/nori up - they will roll kind of like cinnamon rolls, but make sure to keep the bamboo mat on the outside and don't add it into your roll. As you roll, squeeze and compress the bamboo mat to compress and tighten the roll.
  • When complete, remove the bamboo mat and slice into coins with a super sharp knife.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 410mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g





  1. Lisa | Garlic & Zest says:

    This is such a cute idea– Mulan was my daughter’s favorite disney movie when she was growing up — and sushi has always been a favorite as well. Funny coincidence… I happen to be driving over to visit her at college today — and she’s requested sushi for dinner — though we’re going out for some — and their might be a glass or two of wine as well… It’s fun when their kids — and sometimes more fun when they’re adults!

  2. What a beautiful, healthy meal! Fun to do too! Bet the kids love those.

  3. Luci's Morsels says:

    These looks so fun and delicious! I especially love how easy they are to make. I may not have a little princess at home, but I am definitely wanting to try these! Thank you for sharing! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  4. We love sushi too, beautiful presentation.

  5. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says:

    That is too cute! I love this idea and those sushi rolls are so colorful!

  6. Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    What a bunch of lucky kids to be able to say they’ve been to a rainbow vegetable sushi making party! I’ll bet they’ll ask to do another sushi party before the summer is over.

  7. Jeni, this is adorable and I honestly have to say that I probably more in love with this than the kids <3

  8. Such a fun idea! We loved eating them – my kids had a lot of fun making them too! Thanks!

  9. Sam | Ahead of Thyme says:

    I have never tried to make sushi but this looks easy and so delicious! Yum!

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says:

    How cute it that! I’m sure the kids will adore this!

  11. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says:

    Making sushi at home is so much fun. Getting the kids involved is even better. These look awesome….and so is the movie.

  12. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids says:

    Love your “Eat Like a Princess” series! I’ve never tried making sushi at home but love this idea so much I think I’m going to have to try!

  13. Sarah @ Champagne Tastes says:

    This series is so adorable! I love that you’re introducing your little girls to sushi!

  14. Ashleigh @ Dash of Evans says:

    I just love these Eat Like a Princess meal ideas–with 3 girls who love to cook, these are always great ideas! I have a sushi kit that I’ve been meaning to try. This would be perfect! YUM!

  15. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says:

    Such an adorable idea! Love how you worked all those colors into this dish 🙂

  16. Sean@Diversivore says:

    I used to make sushi quite frequently, but I’ve fallen out of the habit. Probably because a) my kids were a bit too young to help, and b) I’m surrounded by some pretty great sushi restaurants. Still, I think it might be time to revisit the idea now that my oldest can help out more. And hey, if it means eating more veggies… I’m on board. Cheers!

  17. How fun, I love all the colors in there! My kids are HUGE sushi fans, and we might just have to make some ourselves this week considering its 100+ all week and we will be housebound in the evenings, and thus in need of some distractions. We will need to add the raw fish though, my kids are weird and love it 🙂

  18. I absolutely love this series you do. What a fantastic idea to teach kids about different cuisines in such a fun and enticing way! These little sushi rolls are just too cute. I don’t have kids and I want to make them for myself! 🙂

  19. Delicious orientalism

  20. I’m Taiwanese and we made a lot of sushi growing up. We’d add yellow radish pickles (basically the Japanese version of bread and butter pickles) and for protein, we add thinly sliced omelet. I’m not sure if it’s just my kid or the other kids I know, but most of them do like raw salmon. We had a sushi party with kids a couple years ago and one of my friends’ 7 year old ate up most of the raw salmon before anyone else could get to it.

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