A whimsical fun super healthy appetizer: Bouquet mini spring rolls!
I love this! it's like serving crudite with a fun Asian twist.
Can't take credit, i saw these at my beautiful niece's engagement party and had to make my own version. You can use any raw or even steamed veggies, add protein of choice and serve with a yummy dip, like my low calorie peanut sauce
difficulty level: easy
prep time: 10 minutes
make time: it takes about a minute per mini roll
equipment needed: vegetable slicer mandolin, you could chop the veggies by hand, but it would be a lot more labor intensive
what you need:
- 15 x 9" rice paper rounds, carefully cut in half with scissors
- 4 heirloom carrots, 2 orange 2 yellow peeled, cut into 3 - 3.5 long pieces, sliced on the thin julienne setting of the mandolin into matchsticks
- 1/4 red cabbage sliced super thinly, thinnest setting on mandolin
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced into 3" matchsticks
- 4 Persian cucumbers (or one English cucumber) sliced into matchsticks on thin julienne setting of the mandolin then cut into 3" long pieces
- 1 package pea shoots, cut into 3- 3.5 inch pieces
what to do:
- have a large clean cutting board ready, alomg with a large piece of wax paper or parchment paper to place little bouquets on
- fill a tupperware wide enough to easily submerge the rice paper halves with room temp water
- place all cut veggies on display for easy access
- dip each rice paper half round in the water 3 times
- place on cutting board
- place 4 pieces of cucumber on the half round with at least an inch left of space at the rounded part, so the veggies stick out off of the flat side of the cut round, layer 2 green onions matchsticks, 3-4 pieces each iof orange and yellow carrot matchsticks, a little bit of red cabbage then finally the pea shoots.
- fold the rounded bottom part over the bottom half of the cut veggies, take one of the ends, fold on top, then press the veggies together into a bundle rolling the little bouquet into a little package
- set aside on wax paper, and repeat.
- you can store these in the fridge in a wide tupperware, place wax on the bottom, and between layers.
I love how you can stand these up or place them down or arrange in bowls, so much delicious nutritious colorful veggie fun... yes i do realize i might need a life! ;)