Summer Rolls With Spicy Dipping Sauce

June 22, 2018
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FEAST Magazine

I fell in love with spring rolls years ago on a trip to Vietnam; they pack a bounty of flavor in every bite. Sometimes called salad rolls, spring rolls are served at room temperature – never fried – with a dipping sauce.

Here, I’ve given spring rolls a little twist by using buckwheat soba noodles in place of traditional rice noodles, and adding cashews for extra crunch. Paired with a spicy, zesty Thai-inspired dipping sauce, these summer rolls are perfect for picnics and backyard cookouts.

Ingredients

Serves 10

Spicy Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sambal oelek
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

Summer Rolls

  • 10 8-inch round rice-paper wrappers
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 beet, peeled and grated
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 8 oz buckwheat soba noodles, cooked
  • ½ cup salted cashews, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds

Preparation

Spicy Dipping Sauce

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

Summer Rolls

Fill a large baking dish with warm water, dip a rice wrapper into water and completely submerge for 30 seconds. Transfer wrapper to a clean, flat work surface and stack a few slices each of bell pepper, carrot, beet, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, Thai basil and mint on the bottom ¹⁄₃ of wrapper. Top with a small handful of cooked soba noodles and a sprinkle of nuts and black sesame seeds.

Fold bottom of wrapper over filling and roll once to form a cylinder. Fold in both sides of the cylinder tightly to seal roll. Continue folding over until roll resembles a burrito shape. Repeat until all rice-paper wrappers and filling ingredients have been used. Cut rolls in halves or thirds, and serve with dipping sauce. Cover with a damp paper towel if not serving immediately.

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