Summer is just a couple of weeks away and there are just some foods there are seasonal for me. I begin to think of the many food experiences I’ve had throughout the years to really come up with what food I should make.
I remember the first time I had a Thai Summer Roll. I believe it had shrimp in it and I had to ask for it to be removed. It’s been some years living this veg life, 16 years to be exact, and before there were vegan options I had to ask a ton of questions and make my own menu. Thai Summer Rolls always remind me that how I made modified and made my own rolls at the restaurant and how fresh and lovely it tasted. It was a flavorful salad, rolled up, with mint and basil, and a great sauce to match!
With summer not being far away, I knew I had to do my best to duplicate some flavors to make one of my go-to foods during the hot months. Don’t try to get me to eat summer rolls in winter though. It just wouldn’t work out.
This recipe is easy, gluten-free, (can be soy-free if tofu is omitted), and fabulous! You won’t be disappointed with the flavor or how simple this really is!
A simply Fabulous and Vegan recipe you can make for friends, family, gatherings, or an indulgent for your palate! Enjoy : )
1/2 Block Extra- Firm Tofu (wrapped in a paper towel, drain for 30 minutes to remove moisture)
1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
2 tsp Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Organic Maple Syrup
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp Red Chili Flakes
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
*Do not Throw Out Marinade After Use*
Sunflower Oil for Pan Frying
1/2 package of Cooked Rice Vermicelli Noodles
1 cup of Chopped Napa Cabbage
1/2 cup of Shredded Carrots
1/2 cup of Shredded Red Cabbage
1/2 Cucumber sliced into thin strips
15 – 20 Mint Leaves, coarsely chopped
15 – 20 Thai Basil Leaves, coarsely chopped
2 Green Onions, coarsely chopped
Drizzle of Sesame Oil
6 Rice Paper Wraps
The Sweet~N~Spicy Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp of Tofu Marinade
2 tsp Coconut Sugar
2 tsp Rice Vinegar
1 tsp Coconut Aminos
1 tsp Sambal Oelek (ground chili paste- use more or less for desired spiciness)
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
**water for thinness of sauce**
- To make tofu, cut the drained tofu into 1/2 strips, and place it into a bowl.
- Make the tofu marinade with- coconut aminos, coconut sugar, maple syrup, sesame oil, red chili flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pour the sauce over the tofu in a bowl and marinate for 30 minutes.
- While tofu is marinating, bring a pot of water to a boil, and prepare noodles as instructed on package. Remove from water, rinse with cold water, and place to the side. ** Use kitchen shears to cut noodles to prevent long strings in the rolls**
- Shred cabbages, carrots, and thinly slice cucumber. In a bowl mix mint leaves, basil leaves, and green onion with a drizzle of sesame oil.
- In a lightly oiled pan with Sunflower Oil, sear tofu over low-medium heat for 10 minutes on each side. (do not throw out marinade) Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Summer Rolls Assembly- to assemble, dip the rice paper into warm/hot tap water to moisten until pliable (about 30 seconds). Place on a plate, and organize the veggies and herbs.
- Arrange cabbages, noodles, tofu, mint, basil, and green onion. Roll once and tuck in sides, once sides are tucked continue to roll, sealing the roll, and place to the side.
- To make the sweet~n~spicey peanut sauce. Using whisk (spoon, or processor) mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, tofu marinade, coconut sugar, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, sambal oelek, sesame oil, ground ginger, and garlic. (water if needed)
** If you have a soy allergy feel free to omit tofu and replace with more veggies or even noodles!! This recipe is gluten-free.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 25
- Category: appetizer
- Cuisine: thai
Keywords: thai summer rolls, gluten-free, summer recipes, easy vegan meals, easy vegan appetizers, colorful foods