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Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate With Salad Rolls & Peanut Sauce
January 28, 2017 April 20, 2017
Today is the celebration of the Chinese New Year so I’m making salad rolls with peanut sauce. I particularly like these in the summer when fresh vegetables can be collected with only a few steps to the garden. But they are good any time of year.
The ingredients can be almost any salad fixings – lettuce or spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, jicama, scallions or red onion, carrots, celery, cilantro leaves, green beans, bean sprouts, snap peas, or broccoli to name a few. You can fill the rice papers with the vegetables your family loves!
So the rice papers. Yes, there’s a trick to them. You have to know the technique to make them come together. I learned how to make these in a Fu Asian class so it’s the only method I know to assemble the rolls. [See recipe card.]
Peanut sauce is made from equal parts of peanut butter, hoisin sauce and warm water.
They do present well when wrapped properly and how could you fail with salad ingredients? Best if made just prior to serving. These don’t store well in the fridge for more than a few hours. (I think the moisture from the vegetables breaks down the rice paper if stored too long.)