Summer rolls are the kind of food I roll my eyes about before admitting I actually love them, because yes, they are a native to Pinterestdom. BUT: They’re also actually really easy to make, colourful, tasty, light and weirdly fun to get everyone around you having a try. There haven’t been so many concentrating faces in my kitchen since NEVER, and this was the ideal way of getting everyone to pitch in for their own dinner, which if you’re as much of a control freak in the kitchen as I am, can be a hard power to relinquish. If you have any children you need to look after at the tail end of the summer holidays (ie you've been to see all the films, made all the milkshakes and painted all the faces), this could be a really fun way to spend a lunch time AND eat a load of raw vegetables : D D D D D
The clear wrap and delicate filling arrangements might look tricky, but the rice paper will actually take a fair bit of pulling and sticking, so don’t worry about giving these fellas a firm hand. The main tip I have is to have every single last thing ready to go before you start soaking the papers- they don’t keep all that well so you pretty much want to be eating them straight away, or even as you go!
And if you can’t get hold of these wraps, I actually prefer using huge salad leaves, which make this look *even* brighter!
1 pack of rice paper wrappers/ pancakes OR a bigggg lettuce for using the leaves
1 cucumber, julienned (chopped into very thin slices)
2 carrots, julienned
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, julienned
1 mango, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, sliced into quarters length-ways
Other options: slices of radish, coriander leaves, tofu, bean sprouts, red cabbage
Then 1-2 portions of thin vermicelli rice noodles, cooked and drained and on stand-by
Assorted dressings including:
Sesame seed salt
Sweet and sour sauce to drizzle over or dip
Sweet chilli sauce
You’re basically going to be done in about ten minutes! Just prepare the rice paper wrappers as per instructions, then pile on the shredded vegetables and fruit, adding whatever you like. If you want the coriander leaf effect, add that on first, pressing the coriander down to the leaf stays in place. Top with a dressing of your choice and roll up like a burrito. They take a fair bit of stuffing so don’t worry if you’ve got a big pile.