I love Spring Rolls! They are the perfect light and filling summer dish, and my kids adore them too! And today’s colorful and yummy recipe is brought to you by a very talented Kristeena from the lovely Motherhood in Stilettos.
For the Rainbow Spring Rolls
1 cup uncooked quinoa, red or white
2 cups vegetable broth or water
10 spring roll paper
1 cup each julienned cucumber, carrot, red pepper and beet
1 cup fresh basil,or any other of your choosing
1 cup red radish microgreens, or any other of your choosing
Maple Sesame Sauce:
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
Fresh ginger, cut into small slivers
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Spicy Soy Sauce:
¼ cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons sriracha
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped green onions for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds
In a medium size pot, add quinoa and 2 cups broth or water, bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and it’s light and fluffy in texture.
Prepare vegetables and herbs, set aside.
Prepare the Maple Sesame Sauce and the Spicy Soy Sauce by adding all of the sauce ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
To assemble spring rolls, pour very hot water into a shallow dish or skillet and immerse rice paper to soften for about 10-15 seconds.
Transfer to a damp tea cloth, paper towel, cutting board or a similar surface and gently spread out into a circle. It may take a little practice, so don’t feel bad if your first few attempts result in a few torn rice papers!
To the bottom third of the wrapper add a generous spoonful of quinoa, and layer carrots,red peppers, cucumber, beets and fresh herbs. Gently fold over once, tuck in edges, and continue rolling until seam is sealed.
Place seam-side down on a serving platter and cover with damp warm towel to keep fresh. Repeat until all fillings are used up – about 8 to 10 spring rolls total.
Serve with Maple Sesame Sauce and Spicy Soy Sauce
Leftovers store well individually wrapped in plastic wrap, though best when fresh.
You can prep the vegetables, herbs, dipping sauces and cook the quinoa the night before.
Kristeena is the founder and content creator of Motherhood in Stilettos, a healthy eating lifestyle blog. She helps busy moms create healthy recipes without breaking a sweat, while occasionally sharing her favorite beauty products and candid stories of motherhood. She is a mom to one wild stuntman boy, a lover of pineapple, a makeup hoarder and a firm believer of never owning too many black pairs of boots. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.