Shrimp Spring Rolls
Because March 20th is officially the first day of spring, I thought what better way to enjoy the
day than to make spring rolls! I have never actually made them myself but really enjoy ordering them
when we go out. I’ll admit slicing up all of the veggies seemed tedious at first but I called in some
reinforcements and the whole family made their own customized rolls. We had a blast experimenting
with different flavor combinations and my boy’s liked playing with the bean threads! So if you are
looking for a fun way to enjoy the first day of spring with you’re family then give these a try!
Author: Christa Johnston
Christa Johnston is a busy wife and mother of two young boys and a self-proclaimed foodie. Her love of cooking stems from growing up in a large family where food was always in abundance and a focal point of every gathering. As a teenager, Christa was a frequent shopper of the Shoreview Fresh and Natural Foods location even as a young dancer grabbing a quick snack between classes. Now, with her two boys in tow she shops weekly for a quick sandwich, deli salad or natural organic ingredients to provide healthy eating choices for her delicious recipes! Christa will transform your Sunday Funday!
First, wash the vegetables and herbs and lay them to dry. Peel carrots and cut them into 1 ½ inch pieces and then julienne them along with the green onions, cucumber and avocado. Try to make the vegetables as close to the same size as possible. Next, remove the cilantro and basil leaves from the stems.
Cook your bean threads according to the package directions. Mine said to boil 2 cups of water and pour
into a bowl over the bean threads and allow to sit 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally then drain. I
boiled another cup of water and poured a ¼ cup into a large plate with a lip on it for my rice paper
allowing it to cool a bit as I found it to soften the rice paper rounds quicker. When my water cooled too
much I just poured it out of the plate and added more from the pot as needed.
Next I lay out all of your ingredients in an assembly line.. First the shrimp then the cilantro and
basil, then the vegetables and finally the bean threads. Take one rice paper roll and submerge it into the
warm water for 10 seconds then place it onto a non stick surface (I used a large dinner plate) and begin
assembling your rolls by placing 4 shrimps in the center of the roll in a straight line followed by 4 or so
cilantro leaves 1 basil leaf 4 carrot slices, 4 green onion slices, 4 cucumber slices, and 1-2 avocado
slices and lastly a small handful of the bean threads on top. Then just as rolling a burrito take in the sides of the roll in towards the ingredients and then grab the bottom of the round pulling gently but tautly over the ingredients and continue to roll it until it gets sealed by the top end. Continue the process trying all different sorts of combinations until all ingredients are gone!
To make the sauce pour all ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until well incorporated then pour
into 6 small individual bowls.
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