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.
Here’s a favorite from Chef DeAnna Germano, of Chef4Rent, that went out in our June newsletter. A refreshing mix of crisp, cold veggies in a tangy yogurt-based dip is just the ticket on a hot summer day. For a twist, if you can’t get your hands on some of the ingredients listed, try substituting other favorite vegetables from your seasonal produce list (turnips, cucumbers, other types of squash, etc.). Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls with Garlic Scape Dip By DeAnna Germano, Chef4RentMakes 4 servings. For the Rolls – 8 soy wrappers (Can be found at Wegmans.) 8 Lettuce Leaves 6 Cheriette or French Breakfast Radishes, thinly sliced (Pick your favorite kind!) 2 Carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks 1/2 Kohlrabi bulb, sliced into thin matchsticks 1 Yellow Squash, sliced into thin matchsticks For the Dip – 7 roasted Garlic Scapes 2 fresh Scallions 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1-3 tsp. Sambal, depending on heat preference (Sambal is a spicy, chili-based sauce that can be purchased in the Asian section of many grocery stores and at Asian markets.) 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Pepper Instructions: For the Rolls – Clean and cut all veggies into thin matchsticks, approximately 1″ long and 1/4″ thick. Lay out one Soy Wrapper on counter top, in diamond shape. Wet edges of wrapper. Lay veggies in center of wrapper with Lettuce Leaf. 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, wetting a bit more if necessary, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. Cut in half and serve with Garlic Scape dip. For the Dip – Turn oven to 425º. Roast Garlic Scapes for 10 minutes, or until browned. Puree all ingredients together to create dip.
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!