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Vegetarian Summer Rolls (video)

You’ve probably eaten Vietnamese summer rolls and found them both delicious and exotic. With all those wonderful raw vegetables in season, and no cooking necessary, why not make them yourself?

The only special item you’ll need is rice paper, which you can get at an Asian market or large supermarket. You might need a little practice in soaking the rice paper the right amount so it rolls and doesn’t tear. This video shows you how. And I learned a new trick — folding the damp rice paper in half so that it makes a stronger roll that will not split or break.

In this video the rolls are made with Boston lettuce, red peppers, zucchini, and carrots. But the nice thing about summer rolls is you can use anything you choose: cilantro, mint, basil or other herbs, sprouts, thin rice noodles, or what have you. What could be easier?

And then add your favorite dipping sauce and you’re ready to go. Buy or make Nam Pla or Peanut Sauce, or mix up some soy sauce, sesame oil, and any other Asian flavor you favor.

What a great substitute for an ordinary salad.

Photo credit: Mark H. Ambinder

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5:51PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Looks good.

9:08AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

The cook mentioned shrimp as a possible addition to the spring roll. Shrimp does not belong in a vegetarian item. Shrimp are living creatures like cows and pigs. That is a no-no.

9:06AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

I'm going to try this recipe very soon. Thanks

5:16PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Thanks for this fantastic picture. It sounds yummy!

2:55PM PST on Feb 3, 2011

they sound real good. I have to try them.

11:19AM PST on Dec 29, 2010

i love summer rolls

7:01AM PST on Dec 22, 2010

I go to my local Asian market as often as possible because I love soba noodles & noodle stir frying but I ADORE the spring roll!!! I make these for myself quite often. I get a variety of dipping sauces (my favorites are plum & spicy Thai peanut).

7:34PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

It looks really good. :)

2:50PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Looks really yummy!

7:11PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

I've made these before. they're really good.

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