Summer Fresh Rolls

Nothing is more summer than fresh ingredients and it is hard to get fresher than fresh rolls. For those of you that don’t know, fresh rolls are essentially spring rolls, but mostly raw and not deep fried. They are made using rice paper wrappers and an array of vegetables, herbs and at time noodles.

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One of our favourite things about fresh rolls is that they are incredible easy to make at home and  are a great fridge clearer when you have a bunch of different vegetables in the fridge to use up.

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They are the perfect summer snack or light meal as they are fresh and full of flavour!

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When making them, especially for the first time, be sure to take your time and understand that the first couple are going to look horrible. There is a learning curve to wrapping fresh rolls that only comes with practice.

Ingredients:

Fresh Rolls:

  • 5-6 rice paper sheets
  • 1 medium carrots
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/4 english cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 block tofu
  • 1 tsp sesame oil, for frying

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. To make our dipping sauce combine your sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, chili flakes, ginger powder and garlic powder in a bowl and whisk together.
  2. We are aiming for a pancake batter consistency, add water until you get the desired consistence. We added about 2 tbsp of water. Set sauce aside.
  3. Slice your block of tofu in half length wise and thinly slice. You re aiming for slices about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  4. Add your frying sesame oil to a pan and fry your tofu on each side until golden brown.
  5. Scoop about 3 tbsp of your peanut sauce into a small bowl and microwave until warm. Coat your tofu pieces lightly in the sauce. Set aside.
  6. To prep your veggies thinly slice them into long pieces. It is almost like how you would cut your sushi fillings.
  7. Once all your fillings are prepped add warm water to a shallow dish and soak your rice paper one at a time. They only need to soak about 10 seconds then remove them a begin to construct your rolls.
  8. Add all of the desired fillings to your rolls, we added a little bit of everything to each roll. Be sure to leave about an inch on the top and bottom of the roll to fold it in.
  9. Roll up your fresh rolls (carefully!) as you would roll a burrito. Repeat for each roll.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
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