I love any food that turns a complex array of flavours into a handheld treat. That is why I love making spring rolls; they pack different flavours in a bitesize healthy package. They are super versatile, being fully customizable to your desires. For this recipe I chose to combine the sweetness of sweet potato with the kick of wasabi, adding some cucumber for freshness and some avocado for creaminess. I added some chickpeas for protein, to make it a bit more filling.
I think stirring the wasabi into some (soy) yoghurt makes it a bit milder, but mainly it makes it easier to dose: undiluted wasabi can be a bit too spicy for me, so thinning it with yoghurt allows me to add just how much I want. I didn’t use all of this sauce, so you could use whatever you have left as a dipping sauce.
I made these spring rolls as part of a meal prep, but I was actually not a fan that. The moisture from the sweet potato mash made the rice paper tear. That is why the next days I had to cut up the rolls into my salad; they were delicious anyway, but it was impossible to eat them from your hands. Here is a picture of what it looked like the first day, served on some salad (I will not confront you with how it looked the next day ;))
Ingredients for 4 lunches:
- 8 rice paper sheets (8 inches)
- One big sweet potato (mine was around 400 grams)
- One large avocado, cut into slices
- Half a cucumber, cut into strips
- One can of chickpeas, drained
- 2 tsp. of wasabi paste
- 2 tbsp. of (soy) yoghurt or mayonnaise
- Some salad to serve it with
- Peel and dice your sweet potato, add to a pan of boiling water and let simmer for 15 minutes. Drain your potatoes and mash them. Let cool to room temperature.
- Mix your wasabi paste and yoghurt or mayonnaise in a bowl
- Have two plates ready, one with warm water, and one dry
- Place your sheet of rice paper into the water, flipping it to cover both sides. Wait until it softens and then transfer to your dry plate
- Pile on one eight of all your ingredients
- Fold over the sides
- Fold over one end and roll
- Place on your bed of salad and enjoy!
Here is what my spring roll making station looked like
The folding process in pictures