Vegetarian Spring Rolls are a vibrant and refreshing appetizer that bursts with flavors and colors. These rice paper rolls are not only delicious but also incredibly healthy. They’re packed with crisp vegetables, fresh herbs, and your choice of plant-based protein. In this recipe, we will guide you through creating your very own Vegetarian Spring Rolls.
For the Spring Rolls:
- 8 rice paper wrappers
- 2 cups cooked vermicelli noodles
- 1 cup firm tofu, thinly sliced into strips (or protein of your choice)
- 1 cup lettuce leaves
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cucumber, julienned
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil leaves (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (optional)
For the Dipping Sauce:
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce (adjust to taste)
- 2-3 tablespoons warm water (for desired consistency)
1. Prepare the Rice Paper Wrappers:
- Fill a large shallow plate with warm water.
- Immerse one rice paper wrapper into the water for about 10-15 seconds or until it becomes soft and pliable.
- Carefully remove it from the water and lay it flat on a clean surface, such as a cutting board.
2. Assemble the Spring Rolls:
- Place a small portion of cooked vermicelli noodles in the center of the rice paper.
- Add a few slices of tofu (or your chosen protein) on top of the noodles.
- Layer lettuce leaves, bean sprouts, cucumber, carrot, mint leaves, cilantro, and Thai basil (if using) on top.
- Sprinkle roasted peanuts (if using) for added crunch.
3. Roll the Spring Rolls:
- Fold the sides of the rice paper inwards, then gently roll from the bottom to the top, making sure to tuck in the fillings tightly.
- Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.
4. Prepare the Dipping Sauce:
- In a small bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, minced garlic, and sriracha sauce.
- Add warm water to achieve your desired sauce consistency. Mix well.
- Cut the rolled spring rolls in half diagonally.
- Serve the Vegetarian Spring Rolls with the prepared dipping sauce.
These Vegetarian Spring Rolls are a delightful and healthy way to enjoy a variety of fresh flavors and textures. Whether you’re serving them as appetizers, snacks, or a light meal, these rolls are sure to impress with their vibrant appearance and delicious taste. Plus, you can customize the ingredients to suit your preferences, making this dish incredibly versatile.