Vegetarian Fresh Spring Rolls

"A cleansing mouthful of fresh vegetables that makes a delectable appetizer or a fine addition to asian-influenced meals. Cook time is refrigeration time. Altered from original in Healthy Weeknight Meals."
 
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Ready In:
55mins
Ingredients:
18
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the carrots, green onions, cabbage, olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper: toss well.
  • Let marinate at room temp for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, place the noodles in a medium bowl.
  • Cover with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are softened.
  • Drain well and snip into 2-inch pieces.
  • Set aside.
  • Place about 2 Tablespoons of the noodles and about 2 Tablespoons of the vegetable mixture about 1-inch from the lower edge of each rice paper round.
  • Sprinkle with basil/mint leaves.
  • Fold the bottom edge over the filling; fold in both sides and roll up tightly.
  • Press to seal.
  • Place on a plate seam side down; cover with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes (you may also make these ahead of time and refrigerate for several hours).
  • Two quick sauces (or use hoisin, hot mustard, etc): In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut oil, hot sesame oil, garlic and sugar.
  • Serve as a dipping sauce with the spring rolls.
  • NOTE: To soften the rice-paper rounds before rolling them, fill a large bowl with warm water.
  • Dip each rice-paper round into the water for 10 seconds, or until softened and transluceent.
  • Remove and let drain on a clean dish towel.
  • Do not stack the rice papers; they will stick together.

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Reviews

  1. riffraff
    I added bean sprouts and left out the red pepper. We tried them steamed and baked and liked the baked best. Great recipe and great sauces too. Thanks S'kat!
     
  2. Jason97
    I use lettuce, cucumber wedges, cilantro, rice noodles and carrot strips in mine. I mix some melted crunchy peanut butter with Hoisin Sauce and use that for dipping. Easy and tasty.
     
  3. lolablitz
    Great recipe! I added jullienned cucumbers with the mint and used grated carrots and skipped the red pepper. Not too putsy once you get the hang of wrapping them. I used deep-dished dinner plates, one I filled with warm water and the other to roll them up on (the paper sticks to everything except glass). Will make again and again, they were so lovely with pho (#28377). Served with Mae Ploy. Thanks for the keeper!
     
  4. Wendelina
    I was looking for a recipe close to the spring rolls served in our local Thai restaurant and this is spot on! So fresh and bright tasting! I used the mint in mine and we all loved the flavor and aromatics. I served mine with a sweet peanut sauce instead. These would be fantastic with any sauce. Thanks for posting!
     
  5. GrandBendJen
    Delicious and easy! We didn't have peanut oil, so subbed melted peanut butter instead and used it in the sauce. Also didn't have cilantro, so skipped that as well, but we still really enjoyed it!
     
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  1. spatchcock
    Just wonderful. I was making a pretty authentic Thai dinner, so I left out the sweet red pepper and used light veg or canola oil instead of olive oil (can't remember which!). I added bean sprouts instead. I also added lots more hot sesame oil to the dipping sauce. Overall, a true winner. thanks, s'kat!
     

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