Fresh vegetable rolls with avocado, carrots, red cabbage, cucumbers and lettuce are so easy to make and perfect for a fresh and light lunch, dinner or snack. Serve these babies with a delicious spicy peanut sauce.
One of my favorite things to order at Thai or Vietnamese restaurants are fresh spring rolls. Not to be confused with their fried counterparts, fresh spring rolls are usually one of the healthiest options on the menu. They’re packed with crisp fresh veggies, herbs and rice noodles and typically served with side of peanut sauce for dipping. I’ve had some great fresh spring rolls here in Richmond, but I think the best I’ve ever had were at Elizabeth St. Cafe in Austin,Texas. I still have dreams about those poached shrimp spring rolls — they were amazing and came with not one, but three different types of dipping sauces. Oh so good!
A few years ago I found out that you can buy rice paper wraps and make fresh spring rolls at home and I’ve been hooked on them ever since! I’ve posted about making them before but never posted a recipe so I thought I should go ahead and make that happen today.
Often times at restaurants the rolls are packed with rice noodles but the version I’m sharing today is all veggies! I made this batch of rolls a little lower in carbs without the rice noodles. These little guys are perfect for warm spring/summer nights when you’re just not in the mood to turn on the oven, which is basically every night here in Richmond during the summer. 🙂 Enjoy!
Fresh vegetable rolls with avocado, carrots, red cabbage, cucumbers and lettuce. Served with a delicious spicy peanut sauce.
4 rice paper wrappers
1 cup romaine lettuce leaves
1/2 cup cucumber, cut into strips
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1–2 avocados, sliced
fresh basil and mint
1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (Sambal Oelek)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
3 Tablespoons water
Wet spring roll wrapper with warm water. I usually heat a pot of water on the stove top (not letting it get to a boil) and once it’s warm I put it in a bowl or plate that is large enough to fit the rice paper wrapper in.
Place wrapper on a hard surface. Place lettuce leaf on far left edge of wrapper.
Place a little of each ingredient into the wrap. Top with avocado and one or two leaves of the fresh herbs.
Roll wrapper from left to right, folding in the top and the bottom sides of wrapper toward the middle, just before the wrapper is completely wrapped.
Complete steps 1 to 4 for each wrapper.
Whisk all ingredients for the sauce into a small bowl. Serve as a dipping sauce for the rolls.
Serving Size:2 rolls with peanut sauce
Keywords: fresh rolls, vegetable rolls, fresh spring rolls
Have you ever made your own fresh spring rolls before? If not, I challenge you to try this recipe. It’s way easier than you’d imagine and it’s fun to play a little with your food!