03. June 2014

Summer Rolls

Summerrolls_3I have to admit: I do not often eat out. I just find it too expensive and I’d rather save the money for a better home made salad. When I do go out it’s for the Asian kitchen. And while I used to order lots and lots of spring rolls, I have now gladly joined the summer roll team. Raw vegetables and herbs, rolled in rice paper and dipped in a delicious sauce. They are super easy to prepare at home and it doesn’t take much to make them tasty. For me, they represent a perfect light dinner (or lunch) and they will always make a pretty good impression laying on your table.

Finding the rice paper can be a bit tricky, as your conventional supermarket most likely won’t sell it. Try your local Asian store or market, I am sure they will have some. Otherwise check an organic or health food store.

Making summer rolls can also be an activity to get the whole family together. By letting everyone fill and make their own rolls, every eater will be happy with them. (Especially kids love it!) Same goes for meals like wraps or pizza. The eating experience will be much more intense when you have prepared your own meal and know exactly what it is made of.

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Recipe

Summer Rolls

Details

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: makes 8 rolls

Ingredients

for the rolls

  • 1 carrot
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 8 leaves of cos lettuce
  • 1 sweet bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • fresh herbs: dill, coriander, chives and parsley
  • 8 rice papers

for the dressing

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper
  • coriander

Instructions

  1. Slice the carrot, celery, cucumber and paprika into long sticks.
  2. Fill a bowl with water and dip in the rice paper. It might take a few moments for it to be completely soft.
  3. Spread the soft rice paper on a plate and fill it with the vegetable sticks, lettuce and fresh herbs. Fold the rice paper, so that a roll is formed. This might take a bit of practice. (I am not there yet, either!)
  4. To make the dressing, blend all the ingredients in a separate bowl.
    Enjoy!
  • Meghan

    Sounds and looks delicious! Thank you, I’ll try this (:

  • Kat

    What sauce did you use for dipping?

  • MarieK.

    They are amazing!! I have done them before (filled with quinoa and some vegetables) and I fried them in a pan (a more heavier choice I guess) but I really love them! (:
    Oh and you can find the rice paper at REWE! (:

  • K*

    That looks delicious and seems simple.
    I hope that I’ll find the rice wrap paper somewhere around where I live.

    Are you using Hummus with it?

    By the way, I just tried today the overnight oats and it was delicious!

    • Hey! I am so happy you enjoyed the oats!
      No, I use the tomato avocado dip. But I’m sure the hummus works as well (:

  • I will definitely be trying out these rolls they look very tasty!

  • Elin

    I screenshot every recipe you got and save it for the day I get healthy. Just cant find the inspiration I need, when it’s so simple to buy candy and other unhealthy stuff… It have to stop:(

  • This looks so good! I might just make myself some of these rolls!

    L&L – http://sisterblend.blogspot.com

  • Faith

    I was put on to your site by my 17 year old daughter says something when a youngster tells you to eat more healthily. I think she heard about you on Jacksgap or a similar site. Love the look of the dip definitely going to try it and the carrot boost is on for later this morning.

    • Dear Faith,
      thank you so much for that lovely comment. It’s wonderful to see that you found some inspiration! I hope you liked the carrot juice. All the best to you and your family.
      Pauline

  • ina

    I’ve been following you on instagram for quite some time now and I am so happy that you have launched a blog now (and are about to start a Youtube channel soon, too!)!! I love your recipes and everything else about your posts! Keep up the good work, mate! You’re so inspiring!! <3

    Love, ina

    Visit me at Petite Saigon

  • Nadia

    Hey i tried this out yesterday and found it very hard to wrap the rice paper around the filling. Is there a special way of doing it?

  • Maria

    I went to a Thai restaurant after reading this post and tried their very similar version of this meal, and it was absolutely delicious! I’m hoping to find some way to recreate the peanut sauce used at the restaurant, but I’ll make sure to try the sauce you recommend as well. I’m excited to make them myself! Thanks very much for sharing!

  • gaia

    Hi Pauline,
    I found your blog from instagram and I really really like it since your lifestyle and eating choices seem to be quiet similar to mine.
    I live in Berlin as well and I was wondering where you got the rice paper from, or what it is called in german so i can look for it in the supermarket.
    thank you!

  • Gorgeous! Making these tonight, bet the kids will love it. Thanks

  • Sonnenblume

    I like your blog! *-*
    The pictures are amazing!
    Sonnenblume
    sonnenblume02.blogspot.de

Welcome to my kitchen, my colourful world of nourishing foods. Here I choose to live healthy, eating whole, plant-based foods; a happy mix of vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

I am Pauline, a 22 year-old food lover and photographer from Berlin.

My recipes are simple, vegetarian dishes with plant-based and natural ingredients only. Perfect for everyday life. You do not have to be a skilled cook to have a balanced and healthy diet – I am not! An open mind and willingness to try out something new everyday shall be enough. It’s an infinite journey, and I am happy about everyone who decides to come along.

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