Recipe, words and images by Lily Krass
By the time August rolls around, my garden is brimming with so many leafy greens that I sometimes wonder how I’m going to keep up. I love salads, but there are only so many I can eat in a day.
Spring rolls are my favorite solution to the abundance of greenery coming in the door each day, a fresh, crunchy treat that features a mixup of flavors that I never tire of. What better way to embrace the bounty of fresh summer greens than by rolling them up and dunking them in a sweet, savory peanut sauce?
We get a CSA farm share each week from Cosmic Apple Gardens in Victor, Idaho, and their green spring mix (Cosmic Mix) are some of the most vibrant, tasty salad greens I’ve ever had. A huge bag of Cosmic Mix can be easily gone in an afternoon when I roll it all up with some crunchy radishes, sliced carrots, and fresh tofu. Greens, radishes, carrots, and tofu are my favorite combo for a spring roll, but there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. As a general rule of thumb I like to aim to have something green, something crunchy, and a protein to roll up; other than that, the sky’s the limit!
For delicately sliced carrots and radishes, I love to utilize the 6” Petty Knife. It’s slim and sleek, with excellent precision when I want everything sliced super fine. For me, the Petty is an oft-overlooked kitchen essential; it’s not the first one I’d pick out of a lineup, but it’s become invaluable for recipes like this that demand quick, precise slices for a high volume of vegetables.
These spring rolls make for an easy light lunch, a colorful appetizer, or a quick no-oven-required dinner for the hottest months of the year. Peanut sauce is a serious kitchen staple of ours, and I always recommend making a big batch to keep on hand at all times. Aside from being the perfect sauce to dunk a crunchy spring roll into, it’s also great over noodles or rice, easily turning a quick pantry meal into a tasty Asian-inspired dish. Sometimes I like to thin the sauce with water or sesame oil and use it as a salad dressing. In short, it will be a serious fridge hero when you’re not quite sure what to throw together.
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