These spring rolls just taste like summer. They’re cool, light, and crisp. I usually make the peanut sauce first, using a food processor, and the base of this sauce can double as a great salad dressing! Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of how I’m not much of a recipe follower. Use the suggested ingredients below in whatever quantities appeal to your taste buds. Let your stomach be your guide. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce By Bob Cat Ingredients: For the Sauce – Garlic Ginger Olive Oil Sesame Oil Herbs (Use whatever is available – Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Oregano, etc.) Apple Cider Vinegar Soy Sauce or Tamari Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha.) Lime Juice (Optional.) Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and/or Cayenne, etc.)* 1-3 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Use to taste, depending on how peanut-buttery you like things.) Water (I usually add a splash to make it go further, but it depends on what kind of consistency you like.) *If you stop right here, this makes a really awesome salad dressing. For the Rolls- Veggies of choice, chopped finely (Whatever you have will do – Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Scallions, Avocados, etc.) Rice Noodles/Bean Threads, cooked (Optional.) Rice Wrappers, softened in a pan with a little hot water (You can find these at most grocery stores or health food stores in the Asian section.) Instructions: Lay Rice Wrapper flat. Load up with Veggies and drizzle with sauce. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of Wrapper up and lay on top of Veggies. Wrapper should stick to Veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. *Image Courtesy of: http://blog.eatnuts.com/recipes/appetizers/item/thai-spring-rolls-with-almond-dipping-sauce.
These wraps are quick and easy, for those days when you don’t feel like cooking (or eating a salad) but still want a good meal. Just a few simple steps. Ready in minutes! Hummus & Veggie Wraps By Bob Cat Ingredients: Wraps (I prefer pitas without the pockets – more like a flat bread – but tortilla wraps work, as well.) Hummus (Homemade, if you have time.) Any Veggies available (Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips – basically, everything in your CSA box, right now.) Cheese of choice (I prefer Goat Cheese or Feta.) Olives, Avocados, or Jalapeños (Optional.) Dressing (I recommend Annie’s Goddess or Ginger Sesame.) Instructions: Lay Wrap flat. Slather on Hummus. Layer Veggies. Layer or crumble Cheese. Drizzle Dressing. Roll and enjoy! Image Courtesy of: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/hummus-and-veggie-lavash-wraps/.
This recipe is a gift from Jon Stadt of Flour City Pasta, and I can’t think of a savory combination that tastes more like the summer. A combination of sweet and tangy, fresh and crisp, it is the ultimate summer side dish. The main ingredient is Jon’s cucumber conchiglie (Italian for “mini shell”) which incorporates freshly juiced cucumbers into the dough itself, yielding a delicate, pale green pasta that pushes the dish’s flavor to a whole new level! Fresh Cucumber Pasta Salad by Jon Stadt, Owner of Flour City Pasta Ingredients: 1 lb. Cucumber Pasta, cooked al dente, about 5-6 minutes (Substitute store bought conchiglie or mini shells, if you don’t have access to Jon’s pasta.) 3 Cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced thinly 1 pint fresh Blueberries 3 tbsp. fresh Mint 4 thinly sliced Scallions 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese (Exclude this ingredient for a completely vegan recipe.) Salt and freshly ground Pepper to taste 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup White Balsamic Vinegar 1 tbsp. Honey 2-3 tbsp. freshly squeezed Orange Juice Instructions: Whisk last four ingredients to make Dressing, and set aside. Place colander of cooked Pasta under cold, running water to quickly cool and keep from sticking together. Mix Pasta, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Mint, Scallions, and Feta, folding gently with a rubber spatula, to keep pasta from breaking, until evenly combined. Add Dressing and Salt and Pepper to taste, and mix until all ingredients are evenly coated. Chill and serve! *JON STADT, is the owner of Flour City Pasta, a local establishment committed to making pasta traditional ‘Old World’ way with tools imported from Italy. He uses organic flour and then adds organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices to make flavored pasta that brings a new level of taste and style to any pasta dish. Here’s a list of all the places you can purchase Jon’s delicious artisanal pastas! Find more recipes here, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram!