Fresh rice papers rolls are one of my favorite things right now! They are a simply delicious (and visually stimulating) combination of fresh vegetables, herbs & rice paper. We are having a heat wave here in Southern California and all I can think about consuming is cooling, light and refreshing foods so these have been the perfect food! They have to be one of the easiest ways to eat “salad” and are perfectly portable for the busy momma's or professionals on the go! While I knew that I loved veggie spring rolls, I was surprised to see my best friends daughter (that's 2!) devouring them with such enthusiasm. Pair these crunchy delights with my perfect peanut sauce and serve!
1 package rice paper spring roll wrappers (available at any Asian market or Trader Joes)
1 package sunflower sprouts
1 red & yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1 hothouse cucumber, sliced
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
Any local edible flowers (I used pansies)
Fresh mint and/or basil (Thai basil recommended, that's what I used)
Jenny's Perfect Peanut Sauce- Recipe below (or you can buy Whole Foods Market Peanut Coconut Sauce thats delicious)
Jenny's Perfect Peanut Sauce
4 oz ginger juice
5 oz olive oil
3 oz apple cider vinegar
4 oz tamari
5 oz agave
8 oz unsweetened peanut butter
1/2 tbsp sesame opil
cayenne to taste
Fill a wide bowl with at least an inch of warm water.
Dip two rice paper wraps (to prevent breakage, trust me) in the water and let soften 5 to 10 seconds. Remove from the water and lay on your work surface.
Place a handful of the greens toward one end of the soaked wrap. Top with the other veggies and herbs.
Pick up the end of the rice paper closest to your mound of veggies and tightly wrap it over the veggies. Grab each end and fold over like a burrito, or you can leave "open ended". The paper will stick to itself. Continue wrapping the roll until sealed. Continue making the rolls this way until you’ve made all you want or are out of ingredients. Store the rolls covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Enjoy with peanut sauce.