Vegan Spring Rolls
Rice wrapper spring rolls are the freshest, crispiest, healthiest and most refreshing summer dish you can make and eat. Fresh vegetables and herbs of your choice cut into thin strips and tucked into a pliable rice wrapper rolled and served with a tantalizing dip. I love these rolls as they are as healthy as it can get. They can be put together in under 30 minutes and are vegan too. The bonus is no heat involved in cooking which is a sure winner for hot weather.
I also added seitan as a source of protein and avocado to make it wholesome as a meal. The freshness from basil in the dipping sauce also makes it perfect for summertime. Even kids can make this dish and enjoy it. The rolls can be made ahead and taken for potlucks, picnic and road trips.
- 12 rice paper wrappers
- Big bowl of room temperature water
- ½ zucchini, cut into matchstick thickness
- 1 ½ avocado, thinly sliced
- 1 carrot, cut into matchstick thickness
- 1 cup microgreens
- 1 8 oz pack seitan, (already pre-sliced)
- 12 pansies, or any edible flowers, optional
- ½ tsp each black and white sesame seeds, toasted
- For the sauce:
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 10 basil leaves
- 2 tbsp toasted peanuts, crushed
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp hot sauce
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp crushed red chili
For the dipping sauce add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until a smooth sauce is made. Pour into a bowl and keep aside.
To make the rolls, take one rice wrapper and soak it completely in the bowl of water for 15-20 seconds. Remove from the water place on a dry towel to remove any excess water.
Place the wrapper on a cutting board. Arrange the veggies, microgreens, seitan, sesame seeds and pansies. Start rolling from one end by tucking in the sides as you go and roll completely. Repeat with the other wrappers.
Keep the rolls covered in a damp kitchen towel until ready to serve. Serve with dipping sauce.
If you want to serve at a party you can make these rolls ahead of time and store in a refrigerator lined with a damp kitchen towel.
I have also included a picture of rice paper wrappers for reference.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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