Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Rolls

When it is hot, like now, I enjoy making summer rolls. Not exactly a salad and not really a sandwich, with a package of rice paper wrappers, you can turn anything into hand food.

Available in the Asian section of your grocery store.

The wrappers are thin and brittle with an embossed pattern. To use, dip for a few seconds in warm water, the pattern disappears and they become very pliable. Place onto a moistened kitchen towel, add desired fillings, then roll like a burrito. Once you work with one or two of them, you will have a feel for how easy and forgiving they are.

Possibilites are endless as far as fillings go. Here is the batch I made today.

Summer Rolls
Rice paper wrappers, dipped into warm water until pliable
Zucchini, sliced lengthwise, sauteed in a little olive oil
Red bell pepper strips
Thinly sliced onion
Baby spinach leaves
Fresh mint, coarsely chopped
Alfafa sprouts
Almonds, sliced and toasted

Spread some hummus on each roll, then build layers as desired. Roll up.

Dipping Sauce
Juice of 1 lime
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together. This is the amount I used for the two of us.


  1. Wow....those sure do look good!


  2. I so love these. Your rolls look wonderful and have made me hungry. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. What a fantastic idea for a light lunch or dinner during the hot months! I'm going shopping later and rice paper just got added to the list! I love your awesome recipes!

  4. What a creative recipe! I don't know if I can find rice paper here, but would love to be able to find it and then give this a try!