A favorite healthy snack

We ran away this last winter to SE Asia. We were mainly in Vietnam, but had some side visits to Cambodia and Thailand. It was an amazing trip! You can scroll through my Instagram to see some of those adventures. We definitely fell in love with the food. One dish that I just can’t stop making are the fresh Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce. This last weekend I demonstrated how to make them at our mountain Farmers Market. I thought you all might enjoy seeing the video my friend took of the process. Plus I wanted to share the recipe. This is my rendition from a class we took at the Eco Coconut Tour in HoiAn, Vietnam. I didn’t link this tour as it just wasn’t what we had expected and I can’t recommend it. But the very next day we found a great restaurant and cooking school! We took two classes at Kumquat Restaurant and highly recommend it. I haven’t made any of the recipes we learned there yet, but they were memorable and easy to follow.

For these Salad Rolls I love adding lots of seasonal herbs and of course why not put in some edible flowers to up the game. Right now I am using marinaded Dandelion leaves, a mix of mints, lemon balm, chives, a variety of basils, calendula petals, chive blossoms, thyme blossoms. Really the sky’s the limit!

Vietnamese Salad Rolls

  • rice paper

  • lettuces

  • herb mix (include mint and basil if possible)

  • halved shrimp or thinly sliced chicken or tofu

  • slivered carrot

  • slivered scallion

  • toasted peanuts (optional)

  • fried shallots (optional)

Marinade for the carrots and scallion. Mix all ingredients together. Keep in marinade 1 hour.

  • chopped ginger (to your liking)

  • 1 Tbl sugar

  • juice from a lime

  • 1/4 cup water

Moisten rice paper in room temp water and place on a plate. Put a small amount of your ingredients, except protein, on the lower lower half of the rice paper. Make sure you are a 1/4 inch in from edges. Place protein just above greens. If using shrimp place so each outside half is down on the paper. Begin to roll, tucking in sides as you go. If you have to many ingredients you will find them hard to keep together.

Peanut Sauce

mix all ingredients together

  • 4 cloves garlic minced

  • 2 Tbl sugar

  • 2 Tbl light soy sauce

  • lg pinch salt

  • 3 Tbl sesame oil

  • 3 Tbl creamy peanut butter

  • 3/4 cup water

  • juice of 1 lime

  • lg pinch red chili flakes