Rice Paper Spring Rolls & Almond Dipping Sauce

Okay, raise your hand if you know you should eat more fresh veggies.  Lots of hands raised, hmm?  I know that I certainly need to eat more greens & reds & oranges & yellows, but for some reason it always seems like more work to make a salad than a sandwich… know what I mean?

I’ve seen recipes like this in several places over blog and print land lately.  This is my version, based on our tastebuds & what was in the fridge.

What’s the appeal?…it has every color under the rainbow (again with the “pretty”), you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, you can make extras and have lunch ready for a few days, and it’s what happens when a salad & a sandwich join together!  Give it a try and see if you agree:-)

Veggie Spring Rolls

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6 rice paper wrappers
2 cups sprouts  (I used alfalfa, but use whatever kind you like)
1 red beet, trimmed & julienned
1 medium carrot, peeled & julienned
1 cucumber, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 avocado, sliced lengthwise
1 cup (or so) of baby spinach

Soak one rice paper wrapper in warm water until softened and pattern in paper is less noticeable

Very carefully (believe me when I say these are very fragile), pull the rice paper out of the water, allow excess water to drain, and lay out on a flat surface

Arrange veggies in a row along the center of the rice paper.  Add greens last.  Leave about 1 ½ inches at both ends.

Fold ends in and roll tightly (but very carefully!) to wrap up the sides.

Repeat the soaking, removing & draining with a second piece of rice paper.  Lay on a flat surface, place roll along center of second piece and wrap.

Almond Dipping Sauce (from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet)

½ cup raw almonds (or almond butter)
¼ cup water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp tamari
½ tsp crushed garlic
¼ tsp fresh ginger
Dash cayenne
Dash salt

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Will keep in a stored container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Comments

  1. I did it! I need to practice the whole wrapping tightly part. The dipping sauce was a perfect compliment to the veggies. Thank you for this!

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