I 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.
Summer Rolls Recipe
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Servings: makes 8 rolls
Ingredientsfor 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
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 avocado
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt & pepper
- Slice the carrot, celery, cucumber and paprika into long sticks.
- Fill a bowl with water and dip in the rice paper. It might take a few moments for it to be completely soft.
- 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!)
- To make the dressing, blend all the ingredients in a separate bowl. Enjoy!