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- 8 six-inch round rice wrappers
- 4 ounces crab meat
- 1 avocado seeded and sliced
- 1 persian cucumber about 2 ounces, julienned
- 4 baby-cut carrots julienned
- Wrapping the summer rolls: Dip the rice wrappers into water so that they become moist and soft. Lay out on a cutting board. Distribute the ingredients among 8 wrappers. To wrap, fold in the side closest to you, then the left and right sides, and then roll up.
- Making the sauce: Blend together the tomatoes, fish sauce, water, and red pepper. Sprinkle sesame seeds and scallions.
I’m definitely continuing this whole it’s-summer-and-let’s-eat-cold-food trend, at least for today. I can’t promise about tomorrow — I’ll probably be back to hot dishes again. But for today, I’m excited to share this no-cook summer recipe that’s super easy: throw a bunch of delicious ingredients together, wrap it up in a rice paper wrapper, dip into a spicy sauce, and eat. No cooking needed! You can make this ahead of time as well, and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you’re looking for something easy, low-calorie, and refreshing, these summer rolls are for you.
Rice Wrappers and How To Wrap a Summer Roll
First of all, I love rice paper wrappers. They come in packages with round 6 to 8 inch diameter sheets. Each wrapper is dry and hard, like a thin piece of plastic. To use, you simply soak the wrapper in water for a few seconds until it’s all wet. Then the wrapper becomes really soft and sticky — like an edible plastic wrap! The translucent wrapper stretches and clings to itself really well, so you can really load in a bunch of ingredients and the wrapper will manage to accommodate them all and seals up nicely.
Wrapping technique: once the rice wrapper is wet, I usually set it down on a cutting board. I add ingredients to the bottom half of the wrapper that’s closest to me. Then I fold up the side closest to me, then I fold up the left and right sides, and then I roll it up until it’s secure, making sure to tuck in the food. It’s not difficult to do and I love the versatility of these rice wrappers.
Difference Between Spring Rolls and Summer Rolls
There isn’t a difference and everyone just calls them whatever they want, especially when you look at restaurant menus. Pretty much every country and even regions of a country will have their own variations on these rolls so there aren’t any strict definitions. Spring rolls and summer rolls all refer to food being wrapped in a rice wrapper, sometimes fried or baked, sometimes not. A typical Vietnamese spring roll or summer roll will include shrimp, carrots, cabbage, and some herbs. Dips like peanut sauces are really popular, too.
With this recipe, I’ve taken ingredients that I love (crab and avocado) and stuffed them inside a rice paper wrapper. This is definitely not authentic and it’s my own spin on summer rolls! 🙂