Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

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I like to make all types of recipes but lately it seems I’ve been making more comfort food recipes and less veggie-forward recipes. I’d like to include more vegetable recipes on the blog and that starts with these Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce.

These spring rolls are loaded with colorful vegetables. The tamari tofu sticks are savory and crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside for a nice contrast of texture. The ginger peanut sauce adds a fresh, subtle spicy flavor to this dish.

Ginger Peanut Sauce

Tips for Making the Best Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

  • Cut your veggies as thin as you can. Use a mandoline slicer if you want to get thinner, more precise cut vegetables.
  • Rinse or soak the rice paper once or twice for just a few seconds before adding vegetables. Don’t let the rice paper get wet for too long or it will fall apart and be difficult to spread out.
  • Cut the tofu into thin slabs and press them between kitchen towels to remove excess moisture. If you press the tofu as one large block then you aren’t as likely to remove as much water. The more water that’s removed from the tofu means the more tamari it can soak up, giving it more flavor.
  • Use fresh vegetables. The key to this recipe is to make sure everything is fresh and crisp to ensure flavorful spring rolls.
  • Let the tofu soak up all of the tamari before cooking.
  • Cook the tofu for 1 – 2 minutes on each side. The outside of the tofu should be crispy and the inside should be soft and chewy.
Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Simple Step-By-Step

  • The first step to making these spring rolls is to prepare the tofu. Drain and press the tofu to remove liquid, then soak it in tamari and cook it until crispy.
  • Prep all the veggies by rinsing, peeling and cutting when necessary. The best time to get the prep work done is while to tofu is being pressed.
  • Make the ginger peanut sauce. Add all ingredients to a small blender or food processer and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to get the desired consistency.
  • Wet the rice paper, add the veggies and roll! That’s it!
Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

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Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

  • Prep Time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 68 spring rolls 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These spring rolls are loaded with colorful vegetables. The tamari tofu sticks are savory and crispy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside for a nice contrast of texture. The ginger peanut sauce adds a fresh, subtle spicy flavor to this dish.


Scale

Ingredients

Spring Rolls:

  • 8+ Rice Paper Sheets
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced into thin, long strips
  • 1 large Carrot, peeled and sliced into thin, long strips
  • Handful of Bean Sprouts, rinsed
  • Handful of Cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/4 of a Purple Cabbage, sliced into thin, long shreds
  • 1 Block of Firm or Extra Firm Tofu, drained
  • 3 Tbsp. Tamari or Gluten-Free Tamari
  • 12 Tsp. Sesame Oil

Ginger Peanut Sauce:


Instructions

Spring Rolls:

  1. Turn the tofu block so that the widest part is horizontal and laying flat on the cutting board. Cut the tofu into long, thin rectangular pieces (approximately 8 pieces) and press for 15 minutes to drain. I put the tofu strips between a kitchen towel and stack books on top to press them.
  2. While the tofu is being pressed, prep the veggies. Make sure the bell pepper, carrot, and cabbage are sliced into long, thin strips/shreds. Rinse the bean sprouts and cilantro and remove any long, stems if necessary.
  3. After pressing the tofu, cut the 8 rectangular pieces into thirds. The tofu pieces should still be long rectangular strips but you should now have a total of 24 pieces. If you prefer larger tofu pieces, you can cut the tofu into halves instead of thirds and have a total of 16 pieces.
  4. Add the tofu to a plate and evenly drizzle with the tamari. Let the tofu soak for 5 minutes, rotating often.
  5. Add the sesame oil to a large non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Add the tofu pieces and flip onto a different side every few minutes. The inside of the tofu should still be soft and bouncy, but the outside should be crispy.
  6. To assemble the spring rolls, start by running warm water over both sides of a piece of rice paper for a few seconds. The rice paper should still be firm and not falling apart.
  7. Lay the rice paper onto a non-stick surface such as a cutting board. In small amounts, add some red bell pepper, carrot, bean sprouts, cilantro, purple cabbage, and two tofu sticks. The vegetables should be stacked on top of each other to make rolling easier.
  8. The rice paper should be stretchy and pliable at this point. Grab the bottom of the rice paper and roll it to cover the vegetables. Grab the sides of the rice paper and fold them in towards the center. Roll the spring roll up the rest of the way so that the rice paper wraps around the rest of the vegetables. Repeat until you run out of vegetables or tofu sticks.

Ginger Peanut Sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small bullet-style blender or food processer. Blend on high until all ingredients are fully incorporated into a sauce. Add more water, 1 tbsp. at a time, if needed.

Notes

*Peanut Butter: I recommend using sugar-free, oil-free peanut butter. I prefer to control how much oil, sugar, and salt is in the ginger peanut sauce recipe. If you don’t mind having ginger peanut sauce that has more sweetener, oils, and salt then feel free to use whichever peanut butter you prefer.

Want more veggie recipes? Check out my recipe for Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus!

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