Since we’ve been back to the States I have been seriously missing all the amazing food we ate on vacation. In the three weeks we’ve been back, I’ve ordered Thai food from our favorite neighborhood spot at least three times. Between ordering Asian food, I’ve decided I need to try my hand at making a few things so I stop making a run to Land every few days. I decided the easiest place to start would be the spring roll. It requires no cooking, about 10 minutes, and can be made with whatever’s laying around the fridge. Sounds pretty perfect, right?
I was inspired after I found myself in the “specialty” section of the local grocer when I was looking for coconut milk. (Really? Coconut milk is a specialty item?) I stumbled across rice paper wrappers and I knew I had to try my hand at spring rolls. I had zucchini, yellow squash, basil and pea shoots – all of which I thought would go perfectly together for a fresh and healthy lunch.
One of my favorite things about summer is the farmer’s market where we can get super fresh and super tasty vegetables. There’s something about farmer’s market veggies that have so much flavor. Why bother with turning on the stove and doing anything with them?
I started by using a vegetable peeler on the zucchini and squash to make them as thin as I could get them. It makes the rolling process much easier, and even leaves the veggies with a little crunch which really helps make the rolls. With some spinach and pea shoots to add to the texture and some basil leaves for even more flavor, these spring rolls were surprisingly delicious and super easy to make.
The hardest part was just making sure the rice paper stayed together – it’s a delicate dance. Getting the wrapper wet enough to be pliable but not stretching it too far that the pea shoots start to poke through. As long as you take your time and roll it like a burrito, you should be good. A little practice and a bit of trial and error (two out of my five were torn) and it will eventually come together. The key I found is to not pack them quite as full as you’d like.
To serve them I whipped up a simple dipping sauce from toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder, minced onion and chili powder. It added a bit of kick and more depth to the rolls.
They were, of course, great to eat immediately, but also managed to hold together well enough to be packed for lunch again the next day. I’ve got quite a few wrappers left, so I definitely see more spring rolls in my future. They’re so easy and delicious how could I not want to make them all the time?
Zucchini Basil Spring Rolls
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup thinly sliced yellow squash
- 1 cup thinly sliced zucchini
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup pea shoots
- 2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon minced onion
What You’ll Do:
- Starting with one roll at a time, wet the wrapper so it is pliable but not too sticky.
- Place the squash and zucchini in the first quarter of the wrapper, top with spinach, basil, and pea shoots.
- Fold the side closest to you over and start rolling until the middle of the wrapper.
- Fold in the sides, like a burrito, and continue to roll the rest of the way and use a bit of water on your finger to seal the end.
- Repeat with the remainder of the vegetables, it should make 5 rolls in total.
- Whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, and spices together. Slice the spring rolls and dip in sauce. Enjoy!
I hope you will love Thai papaya salad as well.
Yes! Papaya salad is one of my absolute favorites! 🙂
Sounds great! Once I get some actual veggies from my garden, I’ll use them and my herbs to try making rolls like these 🙂
Oooh that sounds lovely! I would LOVE to have my own garden to go to for this! 🙂
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these look delicious! Will be trying these this week!
Great! Let me know how you like them. 🙂
My husband and I love Thai and veggies! This looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂
Looks so yummy!
will surely try!!
Happy preparing and cooking.
Looks so delicious! Certainly a lot healthier than the post I just made – on the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve ever tasted! If you’re interested, check out http://www.thehedonistavista.wordpress.com – I will certainly be reading more of your posts! Clare x
Thanks, Clare. Yes – I definitely wouldn’t be eating the pulled pork sandwich since I’m a vegan! But if you have any vegetarian/vegan recipes, I’ll check them out. Thanks for stopping by!
Haha I wish I had the self discipline to be vegan! I tried it once for a fortnight (it was actually supposed to be a week’s detox, one of the Gwyneth Paltrow GOOP ones) but I loved it so much I stuck to it for another week and it’s affected my eating ever since! I couldn’t be vegan all the time, but these days I try to be as good as possible (with the exception of the odd pulled pork sandwich or steak haha!). Good on you for being so healthy! 🙂
Made these last night (with sprouts instead of pea shoots) — delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.
Thanks so much! I love hearing how my recipes turn out for other people. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know! 🙂
Sounds tasty- I’m hoping for a glut of courgettes from my allotment, so I will defos be making these. What’s yellow squash? Just yellow zucchini? Cheers
Yes! We also call it summer squash if that helps? But basically looks like zucchini but is a little fatter towards one end. Hope that helps! 🙂
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Gonna have to try this!!!
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Wow, those look great! I have such a hard time believe its this easy… but with your help, I will make an attempt.
🙂 It’s really not that difficult I swear. Just be gentle with the wrapper as you roll and you’ll be all set!
Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll send you a photo!
Please do! I’d love to see how it turns out for you 🙂 You can always get me at girleatsgreens.com
great blog name by the way….
Aw thank you so much! 🙂 It came out of an hours-long brainstorming session I had with a friend. Some of the earlier thoughts were not nearly as good!
Omommm!!! Fresh and light!!! Love it!!
This looks delicious!
This look absolutely yummy!!! love!
Thanks so much!
Non si conoscono le zucchine se non si hanno mangiato le zucchine di Albenga (Italy). Aglio in polvere? Orrore!!
Spring rolls are such a fun food project.
Those look divine!
Thanks so much!
Thank you! 🙂
This food look rae it seem very delicious- Raymond Sawyer
I can’t wait to try this….my garden overfloweth. THX. :). Nice change from the salad I posted, did someone say curcubita pepo?
Yum!! This is an amazing recipe for those who love healthy food and value efficiency!! Thnx for sharing!
Thank you so much – I hope you enjoy! 🙂
It’s almost too beautiful to eat!
Thank you! But you should eat it – it’s delicious! 🙂
Makes me want to grab it right out of the photo!
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Here’s another! I LOVE spring rolls!
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