Let's Make Veggie Summer Rolls!

8:25 AM

I love handheld snacks (as you may have guessed from my posts about tacos and sushi handrolls), so it's probably no surprise that I made these easy vegetable-filled summer rolls to have healthy eats on hand for my Piñata and Piña Colada party. Serve these when you want a pop of color on a plate and when you have eat donuts for breakfast every day that week and are ready for a veggie-cleanse.

Veggie Summer Rolls

  • Rice paper spring roll wrappers
  • Mint or cilantro
  • Assorted vegetables sliced into matchsticks

Kitchen Goods You'll Need
  • Large bowl of warm water
  • Cutting board

For starters, you need rice-paper spring roll wrappers. I get mine at a local Vietnamese grocery.

Fresh mint or cilantro is a must. I used mint for that bright flavor that interacts well with peanut dipping sauce. Fresh mint is a perfect flavor for this time of year.

I chopped a ton of scallions, because they're the best and I put them on everything.

Then you chop a ton of veggies into matchstick-like shapes. For those of you techies who've only used some sort of electronic lighter and have no idea what a matchstick is like: it's like a stylus.

Submerge a single rice-paper wrapper into a bowl of warm water for about 30 seconds, or until it gets pliable. I hate when recipes say this, but trust me, you'll know when it's time to take it out. It will be more like a soggy paper towel and less like a piece of laminated paper. Then lay the wrapper out flat on the cutting board.

Lay down your mint or cilantro leaves on the end of the roll closest to you, then top with a variety of vegetables in a little pile. Cluster the vegetable pile as close together as possible. Then fold the sides in and roll away from you. The wrapper will stick to itself as it dries. If you are confused about the rolling process, go to Chipotle, order a burrito, and watch the masters roll your burrito.

I like to eat them that same day with peanut dipping sauce or sweet chili sauce. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container. If you're storing them for several days, include a damp paper towel in the container to keep them moist. Look how gorgeous they turned out!

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