Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Easy Rice Paper Wraps with Lime Vinaigrette (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

I love vegetables. I really do. I especially love them when they are all wrapped up in a nice little roll with yummy lime vinaigrette to dip them in! These rice paper wraps are so easy to make and you can put just about anything in them.  I like to do what I call my version of a California Roll; fresh avocado with a sprig of cilantro along with carrots, cucumber, lettuce and scallions. They make a great snack or side with a nice summer meal.

The hardest part about this recipe is finding the rice paper wraps.  I thought I would have to search high and low for them. Luckily they were in my local Stop and Shop in the international section on the bottom shelf. Of course, Amazon almost always has whatever I can't find locally, so if you can't find them near you try Amazon.

Please note: Always check labels and manufacturing processes to ensure there is no evidence of any food allergens you may be sensitive to.  

California Roll Rice Paper Wraps: (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)
1 package rice paper wraps
2-4 leaves lettuce, shredded
1 medium cucumber
1 medium carrot
1-2 scallions, diced
1 small bunch fresh cilantro
1 avocado

Peel the skins off the carrot and cucumber then cut into thin horizontal strips, about 3-4 inches in length. Set aside about 8 sprigs of cilantro.  Cut the avocado lengthwise into thin slices. 

Fill a shallow pan with warm water. Pan should be wide enough to lay a piece of rice paper inside.  Lay a damp kitchen cloth on a clean surface and place the pan with water and cut vegetables next to this.  With clean dry hands delicately remove one rice paper sheet and place into the warm water for about 5-10 seconds.  Once the rice paper has started to soften, remove it from the pan and lay it onto the damp cloth.Then place about 2 avocado slices, 4 cucumber slices, 4 carrot slices, a sprig of cilantro, pinch of shallots and a bit of lettuce in the middle of the rice paper on top of one another.  Take one side of the rice paper and fold it over the vegetables.  Then fold the ends in and roll it up.  If you need a visual take a look at this video from Fifteen Spatulas.  She also has a great peanut dipping sauce recipe too.

Makes about 8 wraps.

Lime Vinaigrette: (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
1 teaspoon tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 

In a small bowl combine the lime juice, tamari, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Then slowly whisk in the the vegetable oil.  

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