FRESH SPRING ROLLS
Each year we host a kick-off to summer party at our house. It's usually potluck style, but I always have appetizers laid out. I swear, these fresh spring rolls never last longer than 5 minutes. It's very rewarding to see my carnivorous friends and family praise the delicious taste of a vegan meal and watch as they are inspired to test it out at home.
Whether you eat meat or not, my whole point is that food should feel luxurious and exciting in your life. Get out there and try new things - let experimenting with different foods and flavours be an adventure. If you're heading to a potluck or BBQ this summer, bring these babies with you and watch them disappear. If you can wrap a burrito, then you can wrap a spring roll!
FRESH SPRING ROLLS (MAKES ABOUT 7-8 ROLLS)
Print recipe HERE.
- 7-8 rice paper sheets
- approximately 2 cups soaked bean threads (make sure these "noodles" are made from green beans and peas, not rice)
- 1.5 cups purple cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Place dry bean threads into a bowl and pour hot water over them, allowing them to soak for about 5 minutes. Drain.
- Once the bean threads are ready, take one rice paper sheet and dip each side into a bowl of hot water until flexible (approximately 3-5 seconds). Place the rice paper sheet on a cutting board or other flat surface.
- Assemble some bean threads, purple cabbage, bell pepper, strawberries, avocado and cilantro on the soaked rice paper, in the middle towards the side closest to you.
- Take the side that is closest to you and pull it over the filling, making sure the edge reaches around to the other side, securing the filling in its place.
- Take the left side of the rice paper and fold it over. Do the same thing on the right side.
- Finish the roll by rolling it completely (much like rolling a burrito).
- Repeat steps 2-6 until each roll has been made. FYI - 2 of these fills me up.
Optional: Serve these rolls up with some Green Goddess, peanut sauce, or tahini dressing.