Avocado Spring Rolls
Also known as summer or Vietnamese rolls, these little pockets of deliciousness are perfect for any season.
- I also made some using pan crispy tofu and shredded broccoli for the Batman as a quick post workout treat. They are equally delicious dunked in any of the sauces below.
- Get creative with the filling ideas: add steamed asparagus, thinly sliced cucumbers, radishes, lots of fresh cilantro instead of basil, microgreens or sprouts. Whatever rocks your taste buds 😉
These Homemade Spring Rolls are Everything:
Tips for Working with Rice Paper:
- Make sure to use a bowl that is larger or the same diameter as the rice paper wrappers to dip them in.
- Immerse each wrapper in warm water for 3 to 4 seconds, no longer. Count to 4 and take them out.
- Place them on a large ceramic or porcelain plate to prevent sticking. Do not use a wood or plastic cutting board as the rice paper will most likely stick and be impossible to work with.
How to Store Fresh Spring Rolls:
Mango Avocado Spring Rolls (Vegan)
- 8-10 spring roll rice paper
- 1 red mango -peeled & sliced into strips
- 2 avocados -sliced
- 1 cup purple cabbage -shredded
- 1/2 cup shredded broccoli
- 1/2 red bell pepper (julienned)
- 3 sprigs fresh basil (leaves only)
- 1 bunch sunflower sprouts or micro-greens
- 3 scallions -thinly sliced (optional)
- 1 batch mango avocado sauce (for serving)
- 1 batch sweet and spicy chili sauce (for serving)
- 8 oz extra firm tofu (drained & pressed)
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1 pinch sea salt
Almond / Peanut Sauce
- 3 tbsp peanut or almond butter
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave (to taste)
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 lime -juiced
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 clove garlic -grated
Prepare the Tofu:
- Heat up a cast iron skillet over medium high flame. Make sure it is seasoned well or you’ll have to add a drop of oil to coat it all over.Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch thick sticks and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt all over. Dredge them in the tapioca flour making sure to get all sides then add them to the hot skillet. Sear the tofu for about 2 minutes per side until nicely golden all over. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate until needed. (Alternatively you can air fry the tofu oil free in a toaster style air fryer for 15 to 18 minutes at 375"F).
Prepare the almond /peanut sauce:
- Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add more water to thin out the sauce to your liking and adjust seasonings to your taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Assemble the Spring Rolls:
- Prepare your veggies and fruit by slicing them into thin long slices. Shred cabbages and carrots. After slicing the avocado make sure to hit it with a squeeze of fresh lime right away to keep it from oxidizing and browning.
- Fill a large bowl with warm water for the rice paper.Immerse the rice paper in the warm water and count to 4. Take it out promptly and place it on a flat surface like a large ceramic plate. (It’s super important not to allow the rice paper to soak for too long. It should still be a little firm but don’t worry it will continue to absorb water as it sits and soften perfectly.)
- Layer the ingredients on the side of the rice paper closer to you. I add about 3 pieces of mango, 3 of avocado, a good bunch of red cabbage and some micro-greens or sunflower sprouts together with a couple of leaves of fresh basil.
- Pick up the spring roll edge closest to you and snuggly fold it over the ingredients. Pick up the sides of the spring roll and fold them over the toppings.Go back to the spring roll side closest to you and continue folding until a snug burrito like roll forms.
- Place the fresh spring rolls in a container lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Cover with a tight lid and refrigerate until ready to serve.