Vegan Appetizer Recipes: Rainbow Spring Rolls w/ Carrot Ginger Sauce

August 20, 2015
The past few weeks in Southern California have been hot! Days when the temperatures are in the 90's are days I definitely like to keep my stove turned off. I also find that my body craves raw fruits and vegetables more in this weather. This has had me experimenting in the kitchen to come up with new and interesting raw dishes. This recipe for spring rolls is very easy to make and visually pleasing. They make a great addition to any potluck or appetizer table. I brought these over to a friend's pool get together and they were a hit. The raw, crunchy vegetables were refreshing on a hot day and the dipping sauce adds a little bit of zest. You can certainly experiment with what vegetables you use. I chose mine based on color. The variety of colors not only looks pretty but you are also taking in all the antioxidants and phytonutrients from the plants that give them their color so eat up!
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Vegan Appetizer Recipes: Rainbow Spring Rolls w/ Carrot Ginger Sauce

Recipe Type: Appetizers Detox
utensils YIELDS 12 - 15 rolls, depending on how full you make each one
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  • 15 Spring roll rice wrappers
  • 1/4 head Red cabbage
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 1/2 block Tofu
  • Carrot Ginger Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp Ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup Rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp Toasted sesame oil
  • to taste Sea salt
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Directions

1. Cut the carrots, cucumber and red pepper into long, thin pieces and separate the cilantro leaves from the stems 2. Keeping the shape of the tofu, wrap it in a clean kitchen towel and gently press out the moisture. Cut the tofu into long, rectangular blocks. 3. Get your station ready by laying out all your cut vegetables and tofu 4. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Quickly submerge the rice wrapper in the water until it begins to soften. 5. Lay flat on your surface and place the veggies and tofu in the middle. Fold over the right end to cover the bottom of the veggies and then roll up from the bottom. 6. Continue with the rest of the veggies and tofu. 7. For the dipping sauce, simply add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
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Kathryn is a vegan cook and nutrition consultant based in Los Angeles. She uses yoga in the park, runs by the beach and hikes through the mountains to connect and inspire creativity that she brings to her dishes. She is determined to make the world a healthier and happier place one meal at a time. Read more at ZENutrition or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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