Salad Rolls w/ Spicy Garlicky Creamy Dip

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If you think you know salad rolls, think again! These gorgeous bite-sized salad rolls have become popular in Bangkok in the recent years, and it’s something my mom always brought home for me during my most recent trip home.

The star of this dish is the dipping sauce: creamy, garlicky, spicy, tart…this is the best thing to dip veggies in! Seriously…this has now become my favourite way to eat salad!

INGREDIENTS

Spicy Garlicky Creamy Dip

Makes enough for about 20 pieces

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 Thai chilies, to taste
  • 1 ½ Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ + ⅛ tsp fine salt
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ cup good mayonnaise

Salad Rolls

Amounts not given as it depends on how many kinds of vegetables you want to put in. See video for an idea of the amount of “stuff” in each roll. 

  • 10 sheets Vietnamese rice paper (one 8-inch round sheet makes 2 pieces)

Recommended “base” vegetables:

  • Baby salad greens (spring mix, arugula, baby lettuces)
  • Cucumber, cut into 3 inch sticks, seeds removed
  • Carrots, thinly julienned 

Other veg ideas:

  • Bell peppers, julienned
  • Avocado, julienned
  • Beets, julienned
  • Sprouts
  • Cilantro
  • Mint leaves
  • Thai basil leaves

Protein ideas:

  • Ham
  • Tuna salad
  • Shrimp
  • Imitation crab
  • Marinated tofu (I use pressed tofu and a very simple mixture of 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp sweet soy sauce or brown sugar, and about 1/3 cup water. Taste and adjust the salty-sweet balance to suit your preference. Cut the tofu into sticks and let them soak in the marinade for at least 20 minutes.)



INSTRUCTIONS

For the dipping sauce: In a mortar and pestle, pound garlic and chilies into a paste. Add salt, and using a swirling motion, grind the chili garlic paste further until there are no more pieces of chili skin left. Add condensed milk, mayo, and lime juice; stir until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning. Refrigerate while you make the salad rolls. 

For the salad rolls: (Note: it is easiest to watch the video for this part.) Cut rice paper in half with scissors, if it cracks around the edges where you cut them, do not worry. Soak rice paper in warm water for about 10 seconds (longer if the water has cooled down). Lay on a clean work surface and let it sit for another 10-15 seconds until it has absorbed all the water around it and the sheet has softened. Fold about 1 inch of the rounded side in towards the center; press the fold gently to flatten it.

Gather about 4 leaves of baby greens, picking different colours and shapes, and place them neatly on top of each other. Lay the salad bundle down on the rice paper, about 2 inches above the edge closest to you, and making sure the top of the leaves are sticking out about half an inch over the left side of the paper. Repeat with the another batch of salad greens and place it in the same manner on the right side of the paper. Place other vegetables and protein, but this time you want to center them on the paper. Wrap and roll tightly. Cut each roll in the middle to make 2 pieces.

Serve with the dipping sauce. If it needs to sit out for a while, be sure to place plastic wrap over them so they don’t dry out. Enjoy!

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