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Fresh Avocado and Smoked-Salmon Spring Rolls

Spring rolls, made with moistened rice paper wrappers, are surprisingly easy to assemble -- and are ideal for a buffet or light lunch. The filling for these rolls contains a creamy-crunchy, sweet-and-savory mix of jicama, smoked salmon, and avocado.

  • Yield: Makes 12 rolls

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons almond oil
  • 1 cup jicama, diced
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium, almost-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 12 8-inch dried rice-paper wrappers
  • Sweet-and-Sour Chili Sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Combine soy sauce, cayenne pepper, onion, and almond oil in a medium bowl. Mix well. Mix in jicama, salmon, and avocado. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

  2. Fill a medium bowl with warm water. Dip one of the wrappers in the water for 15 seconds, or until softened. Carefully transfer it to a dry work surface.

  3. Arrange 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling in an even horizontal mound just below the center of the wrapper. Roll up the rice paper to form a tight cylinder, folding in the sides about halfway. Assemble the remaining spring rolls the same way. Cover finished rolls with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying.

  4. Serve fresh rolls whole or cut in half, with Sweet-and-Sour Chili Sauce.

Cook's Notes

You can replace the jicama in this recipe with green apple. Both are sweet and crunchy in texture.

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