Vietnamese Rainbow Summer Rolls

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Looking for a fun activity with friends? These summer rolls just may be it! I absolutely LOVE vietnamese summer rolls, they are so fresh, colofrul and healthy. Especially for the summer when you don’t really want hot food. Me and my roommate Julia made them together, which was really fun, because it takes some work! I added red peppers and purple cabbage to make them into “rainbow rolls” All in all it has every major food group–protein, carbs, veggies, fats. And it also is really nice you are entertaining. The recipe  itself doesn’t take much effort but the technique is what takes effort. I served them either with a sesame sauce or a peanut dipping sauce. My personal preference was the peanut sauce!  I hope you enjoy a fun afternoon of summer roll wrapping!

You Will Need:

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  • Red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • Grated carrot
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • lettuce
  • purple cabbage
  • Toasted extra firm tofu
  • Scallions
  • Herbs of choice: mint, cilantro or basil

-Rice paper wrappers

-Hot Water

-A Plate

-Plenty of Counter Space

Step 1: Prep Veggies

Cut the veggies into bite sized pieces and arrange them so they are easy to stuff. You can choose whatever toppings you like.

Step 2: Get Rice Paper Ready

The rice papers will be sold dry, you will need a kettle filled with warm water nearby. To roll the wrappers, fill a plate or saucepan with hot water and soak the rice paper wrappers in it for just a few seconds. Remove the wrappers right before they become soft, as they soften up on the counter afterwards. It might take a couple tries to get the right texture. Too soft or too hard will be difficult to roll.

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Step 3:   Start Rolling! 

The best way to do this is to have everything in front of you ready to go. I roll my summer rolls on  a cutting board. As soon as you lift the rice paper from the hot water lay it down flat on the cutting board. Take a tiny bit of each stuffing and lay it tight and condensed in the center of the rice paper. Then I roll the right side overthe center, tightly packing in the veggies. Once the right side is under the veggies, fold in the top and bottom edges. Then roll over towards the left to complete the summer rolls. Sorry that I don’t have a diagram, but hope the picture below helps! I also squirt a little lime juice in each wrapper just for extra flavor. 🙂 Delicious!FullSizeRender

Sesame Sauce:

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp water

Directions: Mix em up and serve!

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Peanut Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • Warm water
  • Cayenne pepper

Directions: Mix the ingredients together, adding warm water so it blends nicely. Sprinkle in a little bit of cayenne pepper. Serve chilled.

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