A spring rolls recipe that takes “spring” to its literal potential.
Many Chinese-American restaurants feature spring rolls that are borderline addictive. They are thick but go down easy and soft on the inside and fried to crispy perfection on the outside. They are often stuffed with all kinds of add-ins, like pork, shrimp, seafood, chicken, beef, tofu and veggies. The variations are endless. And while they all taste fantastic, they aren’t exactly doing your in-progress summer body any favors. Luckily, you can go DIY on this Chinese classic with the following spring rolls recipe for a vegan, figure-friendly version you don’t want to miss.
Before we get to the alternative, healthier spring roll recipe, let’s take a look at why you may want to make the switch in the first place. The average single pork spring roll has about 75 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 28 milligrams of cholesterol, 210 milligrams of sodium and 7 grams of carbohydrates. However, spring rolls don’t come by the roll – they come in a pack – so you are likely going to consume a few (or much) more than just 1-3 spring rolls in one sitting. Pop after pop, the calories and fat grams add up, and that’s not even accounting for the various sugary dips offered alongside spring rolls.
Traditional spring roll pastry is a mixture of wheat flour, water and salt. The pastry wraps around the add-ins and is then fried. Not quite the recipe for a slim figure. The following spring rolls recipe uses rice paper instead of wheat flour-based pastry, much in the style of Vietnamese spring rolls, and keeps the add-ins completely veggie-based. It also includes a recipe for a delicious almond sauce dip, so you can further enjoy your slimmed-down version of spring rolls.
Easy Vegan Spring Rolls Recipe
Makes about 6 rolls
- 6 rice paper wraps
- Fresh lettuce
- Fresh cilantro
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1.5 cups grated cucumber
- 1 large avocado
Fill a large bowl with warm water and set down a damp dishtowel to work on. Organize all the ingredients, so you can operate an assembly line. Take one wrap paper and place it into the warm water until it is soft – it will take about one minute. Lay the sheet out on the dishtowel and resume to line the center, in a vertical direction, with a few pieces of lettuce, a few sprigs of cilantro and then a small handful of carrots and cucumber and a few slices of avocado. Fold the top and bottom edges of the rice paper over to slightly overlap the add-ins and then flap over the right edge over the add-ins, rolling the entire spring roll towards the left to close it completely. Repeat with the remaining rice papers and veggies.
Ginger Almond Sauce Recipe
Makes about 3/4 cup
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1.5 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Add all ingredients except water to a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Add warm water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency. Serve aside the spring rolls and dip away!
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