Spring Rolls in the Spring with Nicole Scharer

Recipe by Nicole Scharer

Looking to try something new this spring? Look no further. Nicole Scharer has given us easy step-by-step directions for how to make her delicious Peanut Spring Rolls.

Spring into the new season with a fresh take on dinner. Packed with nutritious ingredients, Nicole Scharer (@nicole_scharer) shares her take on classic spring rolls. These rolls are a wonderful choice during spring months as the days get longer and the temperatures rise. Not only are these Green Papaya Summer Rolls delectable, but they are also fun to make, and you can decorate them any way you want. Serve them on a platter to guests, or enjoy a fresh spring lunch on your own. Either way, you'll want to bookmark this spring recipe.

Part of what makes these spring rolls an indulgent treat is the rich, creamy dipping sauce that accompanies them. Utilizing peanut butter, coconut milk, and Thai chili sauce, the dipping sauce compliments the fresh flavors found in the rolls with a bold depth. You can even adjust the dipping sauce to match your preferred flavor. Kick up the heat with an extra dash of chili sauce, or tone it down with extra coconut milk. Putting together the dipping sauce is simple, as all the ingredients are whipped together in a blender or food processor.

Within the spring rolls themselves, you'll discover an array of fresh ingredients. Butter lettuce, green papaya, carrots, mint, basil, and edible flowers all combine to bring the flavors of spring into your mouth. However, you don't have to stop there. You can customize your spring rolls by adding your personal favorites. Perhaps you'll go spicy with a freshly sliced jalapeno, or maybe you'll focus on the crisp crunch of cucumber.

Remember, with an AeroGarden, you can grow your own fresh ingredients to add to your favorite dishes. AeroGardens are self-watering gardens that anyone can enjoy with no dirt or green thumb necessary. Perfect for growing herbs in your home, an AeroGarden makes it easy to add new flavors to your daily routine.

Here to help you discover the joys of creating your own spring rolls is Nicole Scharer. Nicole is a chef who pairs food and travel together to create truly inspired dishes. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to continue to discover new, fresh spring recipes. As you test out this recipe, remember—practice makes perfect. Rolling spring rolls is a true art form, and the more you make, the more you'll perfect the talent. Keep your phone handy and snap a few of your finished rolls. Enjoy!

Recipe: Peanut Spring Rolls

*Featuring Fresh Herbs from AeroGarden

  • Butter Lettuce (Torn into Half Pieces with Core Removed)
  • Green Papaya (Peeled, Shredded)
  • Carrot (Peeled, Shredded)
  • AeroGarden *Fresh Herbs Mint, Basil (Julienned)
  • Edible Flowers
  • Summer Roll Wrappers

In a large bowl, moisten a summer roll wrapper. Sprinkle edible flowers, top with lettuce, then papaya, carrot and then fresh herbs. Let sit for about 1 minute so wrapper is flexible. Start on bottom end and fold up. Then fold in sides. Then complete the roll. Serve with coconut peanut sauce recipe below. Optional to add grilled shrimp or chicken.

Coconut Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

In a food processor combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Can always add more sweet chili to thin if you like spicy or coconut milk for mild.

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