How-to: Homemade Summer Rolls
Summer rolls (aka rainbow rolls) are one of our favorite base meals for spring and summer! There are so many different ways you can make them, they're quick and easy and the kids love putting together their favorite combos. They make a full meal when you pair them with my favorite best ever healthy peanut sauce (YUM).
They're surprisingly easy to make, once you get a hang of handling the rice paper wraps; and best of all, you can make dozens of different combinations (see below for some of my favorite filling ideas!).
Here's how to make them:
Gather your filling ingredients (see below for ideas).
Start with rice paper wraps (sometimes called spring roll wrappers).
Boil water and pour into a large bowl. Let cool just slightly and add wrap, one at a time. You just want it to soften- this doesn't take more than a few seconds! Using a flat spatula, carefully remove and place on a flat surface (do not put on top of paper towel or something that could stick to it- they are very sticky!)
Place desired filling in the center.
Fold the wrap up and over the filling in the center (parallell to filling).
Fold in one side, and then the other. Roll into a tube. Repeat until you run out of filling or wraps! The kids love to help me with this!
We love a mix of fresh and cooked filling. Some traditional filling options are:
Thinly sliced carrots
Thinly sliced cucumber
Shredded cabbage (I'll often use a slaw mix to make this even easier!)
Thin rice noodles (cellophane noodles)
Thinly sliced or grated Radish
Sliced green onion (scallion)
Tofu (baked, pan-seared or fried)
Vegetables are sometimes tossed in a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar and fish sauce- I like to keep them fresh, but lightly marinating them is always an option!
A few of our favorite combinations:
Cucumber, carrot, cabbage, cilantro and shrimp
Cucumber, avocado, mango and shrimp
Crispy tofu, cilantro, carrot and daikon radish
Salmon, avocado and red cabbage
But really- the sky is the limit, here!
Just don't forget the peanut sauce for dipping!