You may already be a fan of summer rolls (sometimes called salad rolls, or Vietnamese Spring Rolls), in which case you’ll understand my great enthusiasm for these. But if you aren’t familiar, you’re going to thank me once you try them.
Unlike fried spring rolls or egg rolls, summer rolls are generally made with fresh ingredients, and served at room temperature.
The easy assembly starts with rice spring roll wrappers, dipped briefly in water, then laid flat on a plate. The wrappers are covered with all of your wonderful fresh ingredients, neatly rolled, and served immediately.
You’ll notice that in this recipe I’m adding a very flavorful sautéed tofu. It’s fantastic this way, because the tofu really becomes a fabulous condiment. You can use more or less, to taste, or you might make a point of using only uncooked ingredients, if you prefer. Just let your imagination be your guide, but be forewarned that these are practically addictive.
SUMMER ROLLS WITH SPICY PEANUT TOFU
2 brown rice spring roll wrappers
2/3 cup fresh spinach leaves or other salad greens
1 medium carrot, trimmed, peeled, cut into matchsticks
2-inch wedge of English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup Spicy Peanut Tofu (see recipe below)
Follow package directions to prepare rice paper wrap, carefully holding (one at a time) under a running faucet to get wet, then placing it on a plate. Working quickly, place spinach leaves evenly over the top, leaving a border of an inch for wrapping. Add other vegetables in a line across the center. Top with Spicy Peanut Tofu. Gently roll tightly from one side to the other, carefully tucking in the ends as you go, just like a burrito.
To slice, cut the summer roll into halves and serve.
* SPICY PEANUT TOFU
1 package extra firm tofu, crumbled
1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
1/4 cup Cholula Hot Sauce (or equivalent, to taste)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Heat a large nonstick wok or skillet (my favorite is Scanpan), and add tofu to the pan. Brown slightly, stirring occasionally. If needed, add a little water to prevent sticking to the pan. Sprinkle with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and hot sauce. Continue to cook until slightly browned. Add peanut butter and balsamic vinegar, and continue cooking until golden and crispy. Turn off heat and set aside.