Summer Salad Rolls
We love eating leafy greens with every meal, but figuring out how to pack them can be a major pain. Our solution? Roll butter lettuce, cucumber, avocado, and tons of fresh herbs in rice paper wrappers and serve with a tangy peanut sauce for dipping—all the nutrition of a green salad with none of the mess.
for the peanut sauce:
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
juice of 1 lime
1 shallot, roughly chopped (1/4 cup)
1 small garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
¼ cup neutral oil
2 teaspoons maple syrup
for the summer rolls:
8 rice paper spring roll wrappers
1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated and washed
12 fresh mint leaves
12 fresh basil leaves
8 sprigs fresh cilantro
½ English cucumber, cut into sticks
1 small avocado, thinly sliced
1. To make the peanut sauce, blend all ingredients until smooth.
2. Meanwhile, cut or tear the hard rib from each butter lettuce leaf and prep all other filling ingredients.
3. Fill a bowl large enough to hold the spring roll wrappers with warm water. Soak one wrapper for about 1 minute, or until just pliable, then lay flat on a cutting board. Layer in lettuce leaves, folding large ones in half, then fresh herbs, cucumber, and sliced avocado.
4. Carefully roll up the wrapper, leaving both ends open. Soak another wrapper and wrap existing roll inside to secure ingredients.
5. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling ingredient. Then, pack in an air-proof container, layering in a damp paper towel to keep the rice paper moist.
6. Serve with dipping sauce on the side.
Originally featured in An End of Summer Picnic