A few years later, I was looking on Pei Wei’s website (P.F.Chang’s more casual restaurant- if you aren’t familiar) to check out the nutritional information and see what might be my healthiest option. I found these Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls. When I tasted them, I realized they were much like those yummy spring rolls from the International Market, but with chicken in addition to the veggies. They too are served with a sweet chile sauce that is super tasty as well as a peanut sauce for dipping.
I decided they couldn’t be too difficult to make, so I attempted these at home. They worked! My philosophy about these spring rolls is much like my philosophy on Wraps (which I wrote about a few weeks ago) but with an Asian twist. I look at all the veggies and herbs I have and see what I think would be tasty together (and what my eaters might eat) and throw it in rice paper and wrap it up.
First, prep the fillings (washing, cutting, chopping, etc.) If you are including rice noodles as a filling, prepare those.
Then, individually soak rice paper (which I buy at the International Market but is also available on the International Aisle at the local grocery) following the soaking directions on the package.
Prepare rice paper one at a time and fill with the goodies of your choice.
Wrap them- tucking in the ends and then gently and securely rolling them up. (The paper sticks nicely to itself.)
Place on a plate.
These can be made ahead and refrigerated too, which is nice.
We have been eating ours accompanied by steamed edamame and rice and sometimes sliced melon or other fruit. (Since I believe fruit goes with every meal).
Our favorite twist on rice when serving Asian dishes is to prepare the rice with Coconut Milk as the majority of the liquid in place of water. My friend Melissa S. introduced us to this when she came for dinner a couple of years ago. I feared it would taste too coconutty and “obvious” for my kids, but it doesn’t. It is creamy and tasty and adds such a nice subtle difference to the rice. You must try it!
Don’t be afraid to try making these Salad Spring Rolls!
It’s actually fun and beautiful. And it is perfect for the warm days of summer.