A light, tasty and easy appetizer: Asian Peanut Salad Rolls

hIf you love salad rolls but have never used rice paper, here’s an easy introduction from my book, The Enlightened Eater’s Whole Foods Guide (Viking Canada). They’re also a tasty alternative to deep fried spring rolls as a pre-dinner party munch. If you like, you can also add a small amount of shredded chicken or cooked salmon to each roll for a more substantial offering.
Asian Peanut Salad Rolls

Makes 12 rolls which serves 4 – 6

12  6-inch  (15-cm) rice paper rounds
10 –12 lettuce leaves, preferably Boston or butter
1/3 cup (75 mL) shredded carrots
1/3 cup (75 mL) coriander leaves
1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped green onion, tops only
1/3 cup  (75 mL) coarsely chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp  (25 mL) hoisin sauce
Extra hoisin sauce for dipping

Place two paper towels on flat work area. Fill a shallow pan or pie plate with warm water. Soak 2 rice paper rounds in water until they are pliable, around 30 seconds.

Remove rice-paper rounds, allowing for water to drip back into pan. Place  each on paper towel.  On each, put one piece of lettuce on bottom half of soaked rice paper,  leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) border along edge. Tear lettuce if necessary in order to fit.

Spread 1 teaspoon (5 ml) shredded carrot over top of lettuce. Repeat with the same amount of cilantro, green onion and peanuts. Place 2 or 3 mint leaves on top. Drizzle with ½ teaspoon (2 mL) hoisin sauce.  Fold sides of rice paper sheets over filling; roll up jelly-roll fashion. Gently press seam to seal; place, seam side down, on plate and cover with  a dampened tea towel. Repeat with the remaining rice paper rounds and ingredients.

May be made 4 to 6 hours ahead of time: keep dampened tea towels covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

Per roll   nutritional information:
Calories:  50
Protein: 1  gram
Fat: 2 grams
Saturated Fat: less than 1  gram
Carbohydrate: 7  grams
Dietary Fibre:  1 gram
Sodium: 45 milligrams

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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