Spring Rolls




I love fried food, perhaps it was being raised in the south, but I really do. However there are times when something light and fresh is called for as well. Especially with the delicious peanut dipping sauce. Which is really my favorite part of spring rolls. The sauce is usually a little thick due to the peanut butter and it god so well with what is essentially a salad in rice paper.  I even ditch the rice noodles in favor of mung bean sprouts in mine, a vegetable I make sure and always have on hand.

I like a variety of vegetables in mine, but most anything fresh is good. The important thing is to include a variety of colors. I mean they'll taste great either way, sure, but the colors are part of the fun.  I see these a lot with a few shrimp artfully arranged to show through the wrapper. But, I don't eat shrimp. So this time we went with chicken. Later, since we enjoyed them so much, I served them for dinner with grilled chicken on the side.

Chicken
Purple lettuce
Carrots
Cucumber
Bean Sprouts
Cilantro
Radish slices
Red Onion
Bell pepper
green onions
Basil
Cilantro

Soak the wraps in warm water until soft, top with whatever fillings you like, and roll up like a burrito.  I like to chop the cilantro and green onions and then slice the lettuce on top of it and then mix the herbs in.
Sauce
3 Tbsp. Peanut butter
1/4 - 1/3 c. water to thin
2 tsp. soy sauce
3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, and half the water until smooth. If needed add more water until it is thin enough to pour. Add the remaining ingredients and taste.

Original Picture - Post Updated 8/10/2018

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