Jul 25, 2018 (Last updated Sep 12, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani
Hey babes! Today I’m sharing these gorgeous Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls. A deliciously clean and colourful recipe for all you healthy-foodies out there. Yaaas queen! You’re gonna love this one.
Rice rolls are the perfect summer recipe because they are light, clean and don’t require you to turn on your oven. France is currently going through a heatwave at a whopping 34 degrees. It’s so freaking hot out that even the thought of turning on my oven is out of the question. Literally as I type this blog post my keyboard seems to be radiating heat. Or maybe I’ve just never been aware of it until now?
And in heatwaves like these I turn to cold dishes; like salads, veggie trays, and rice paper rolls to keep my hunger at bay. The recipe for these Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls is a gorgeous one. Combining sushi rice with mango, avocado, purple cabbage, carrot, and green beans. It is fresh to death. I love the crunchy veg, creamy avo and sweet mango that comes with each bite, pillowed between sticky rice. It’s also #beautifulfood at its finest. With its colourful ingredients each bite reveals a gorgeous rainbow.
As you know I’ve made rice paper rolls on many occasion, but this was the first time I decided to add some sushi rice to the mix. I just felt it needed a little more heartiness to the fresh dish. I love my rice paper rolls sans rice, but typically I end up eating so many without ever fully filling up, and two hours later I’m hungry again. Adding the sushi rice really helped to fill me up and to keep me sustained for longer. I also really liked the overall texture it gave to the rolls – adding a little cushioning and plushness to each bite.
But we also can’t forget the creamy tamari dip that is the partner in crime to these too-good-to-be-true rainbow rolls. A simple blend combining tahini with tamari, lime juice, and water to thin. It’s the finishing touch that brings that umami to the dish. Trust me you won’t want to skip it.
I will warn you, however, that if you are new to the rice-paper-roll-making shenanigans they do take some time to make. It requires thinly slicing your veg, and delicately rolling into neatly compact little rolls. Once you get the hang of it you’ll get faster, but it takes patience. My recommendation is to chop all your veg ahead of time, using a mandolin to thinly slice to speed up the process. Lay out the veg so it’s readily available, like toppings to a pizza, and get on decorating.
Another big tip is to not overstuff the rice rolls. You’ll be surprised how just a little of each ingredient adds up. If they are overstuffed they will be hard to roll, and more likely to break. But don’t let this deter you because making rice rolls is actually really fun! It’s like arts and crafts for adults, and you get to eat the outcome – what more could you ask for? I love to do this with a glass of wine, some music, and your hubby or friend by your side. It certainly makes for a fun date night.
So enjoy these Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls with your loved ones while you soak up this scorching summer sun! Whether it be by the pool, at an evening picnic, or up at the cottage, there is no better way to chill out and taste the rainbow.