Veggie Summer Rolls

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  • Makes 12 spring rolls

These Vietnamese-style summer rolls are bundles of flavor. Stuffed with fresh veggies and vermicelli noodles, they’re hearty enough to enjoy as a meal, but they also make for a fun, refreshing appetizer. Cover assembled spring rolls with a damp paper towel to keep them from drying out. Look for brown rice paper wrappers to wrap these colorfully filled rolls. Purchase them online if you can’t find them in the supermarket.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Dash crushed red pepper
  • 2 oz. dried brown rice vermicelli noodles
  • 12 8-inch brown rice paper wrappers
  • 12 to 24 sprigs fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, dill, and/or chives)
  • 12 6-inch very thin asparagus spears
  • ¾ cup shredded peeled fresh beets
  • 2 carrots, cut into thin strips (¾ cup)
  • 1 kohlrabi (head only), peeled, cored, and cut into matchsticks (¾ cup)
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into 12 slices

Instructions

  1. For dipping sauce, in a small bowl combine the first five ingredients (through crushed red pepper) and 2 Tbsp. water.
  2. Prepare noodles according to package directions; drain. Rinse under cold water; drain well. Use kitchen scissors to snip noodles into small pieces.
  3. Pour warm water into a pie plate. Carefully dip a rice paper wrapper into the water; transfer to a clean work surface. Let stand several seconds to soften. Place one or two herb sprigs just below the center of the paper. Arrange some of the noodles, asparagus, beets, carrot, kohlrabi, and avocado over herbs.
  4. Fold bottom edge of wrapper over filling and tuck it under on other side while pulling the roll toward you. Fold in sides to seal in filling. Continue rolling tightly. Repeat with the remaining rice paper wrappers, herbs, and vegetables. Serve with dipping sauce.
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Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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