If you haven’t been able to tell, I kind of have a thing for spring rolls. For instance:
Are you really surprised that I now have a quinoa version? I didn’t think so.
Origins of Fresh Spring Rolls
Fresh spring rolls (also known as gỏi cuốn or summer rolls) are a common Vietnamese dish, but the concept is believed to have originated in China. It’s thought that they may be a modification from Chinese egg rolls, but with Vietnamese flavors.
They are typically made with fresh vegetables, herbs, and protein that are wrapped in rehydrated rice paper and served with a dipping sauce.
Quinoa Spring Rolls
These 30-minute spring rolls start with the protein-rich super grain quinoa.
Protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, nutty flavor, light texture – any of this ringing a bell?
While your quinoa is cooking away, prep your vegetables and herbs. I went with cucumber, red pepper, carrots, cilantro, and mint. But it’s so versatile that you can use whatever you have on hand. I think asparagus, avocado, radish, and even orange would be lovely additions.
All that’s left to do is roll it all together and then prepare your cashew dipping sauce!
This sauce is seriously flavorful, super dreamy and perfect for these rolls. Plus, it’s peanut-free yet mocks the flavor of peanut sauce. It’s straight-up taste bud trickery, I tell you.
I think you guys are going to LOVE these rolls! They’re:
Creamy + sweet from the cashew sauce
& Seriously delicious
I think these spring rolls would make the perfect picnic, beach day or day trip food because they’re super portable. They would also make a great quick weeknight meal when you’re craving something light, fresh and vegetable-heavy.
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Quinoa Spring Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce
- 1 cup red or white quinoa (thoroughly rinsed)
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for GF eaters)
- 1/2 medium lime (juiced)
- 10 spring roll papers, pieces of sturdy greens, or lettuce boats/cups
- 1 cup each julienned cucumber, carrot, and red pepper
- 1 cup fresh herbs (cilantro + mint)
- 1/2 cup cashew butter (if unsalted, add additional soy sauce)
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for GF eaters)
- 3/4 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 2 Tbsp sweetener (i.e. maple syrup, agave, brown sugar, or honey if not vegan)
- 1/2 medium lime (juiced)
- Hot water (to thin)
- Start by preparing quinoa. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp oil and quinoa and quick toast for 2-3 minutes. Then add 2 cups water (amount as original recipe is written // if altering batch size, use 1:2 ratio quinoa to 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.
- Prep vegetables and herbs and set aside.
- Prepare cashew butter sauce by adding all sauce ingredients except water to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add enough hot water to thin until a pourable sauce is achieved. Adjust flavors as needed (I often add a little more chili garlic sauce and sweetener).
- To add more flavor to the quinoa, add 1 Tbsp soy sauce + 1/2 lime, juiced (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and toss to coat. Set aside.
- 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 cutting board or 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 fail!
- To the bottom third of the wrapper add a generous spoonful of quinoa, and layer carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, and fresh herbs on top (see photo). 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 8-10 spring rolls total (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
- Serve with cashew butter sauce and sriracha or hot sauce of choice. I like to mix mine and go dip happy.
- Leftovers store well individually wrapped in plastic wrap, though best when fresh.