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Quinoa Summer Rolls with a Thai Peanut Sauce

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Quinoa Summer Rolls with a spicy Thai Peanut Sauce [gluten-free + vegan]

With all the restaurants in New York, you’d think a girl would be able to find a decent summer roll.

But here’s what I’ve come to find out: they either have them and they’re deep fried – umm…hello those are Spring Rolls! – or they’re FULL of rice noodles. And sure, while the rice noodle ones satisfy in a pinch, they’re basically just rice on rice on rice.

Can’t a girl get some veggies up in here!?

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So I’ve resorted to making them at home, and you know what I’ve discovered? They’re SO easy! As long as you have your veggies prepped, you can basically just work it like an assembly line, adding fillings and rolling them up.

In less than 20 minutes, your entire batch will be made. How awesome is that!?

To make my summer rolls a touch bit healthier, I’ve decided to skip the white rice noodles and add quinoa instead. Then I add all my toppings, roll them up and dunk them in a spicy Thai peanut sauce. Pretty much the best meal ever.

Quinoa Summer Rolls // dipped in a spicy peanut sauce, these are not only healthy, but also delicious and packed full of flavor!

What I love about these quinoa summer rolls is the contrast between the flavors and textures. They’re filled with fresh, crunchy veggies, which have been sandwiched between creamy avocado and fluffy quinoa. They’re filling, nutritious and taste absolutely amazing.

Especially when they’re dunked in that sauce…oh yes!

Quinoa Summer Rolls // dipped in a spicy peanut sauce, these are not only healthy, but also delicious and packed full of flavor!

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Quinoa Summer Rolls with a Thai Peanut Sauce

To make my summer rolls a touch bit healthier, I’ve decided to skip the white rice noodles and add quinoa instead. Then I add all my toppings, roll them up and dunk them in a spicy Thai peanut sauce. Pretty much the best meal ever.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Keyword healthy rolls, peanut, summer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 364 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

for the summer rolls:

  • 10 rice paper wraps
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded romaine
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa any variety (I used black quinoa)
  • 2 cups papaya noodles OR 1 large carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 medium avocado sliced

for the peanut sauce

  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha or spicy chili sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons water

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the veggies and arrange them on a plate for easy assembly. If using papaya, peel whole fruit then using a juilenne peeler, peel "noodles" from the outside of the papaya. Continue to peel until you get to the softer flesh, rotate fruit and repeat until you have two cups. [you can skip this part and just use carrots if you prefer!]
  2. Fill a shallow dish or plate with warm water. Dip a rice wrapper into the water, allowing it to soften for a few seconds. Transfer the rice paper to a flat surface, then add fillings.
  3. Place a layer of quinoa onto the center of the circle. Top with lettuce, peppers, papaya (or carrot) and avocado. Assemble like a burrito - fold in the sides, then roll away from you, tucking the filling in as you roll.
  4. Repeat until all ingredients have been used.
  5. For the sauce, whisk together the peanut butter, tamari, hot sauce and lime. Blend until smooth. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Dip summer rolls into sauce and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Summer Rolls with a Thai Peanut Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 514mg 21%
Potassium 739mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 6g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 274.9%
Vitamin C 61.5%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 18.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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