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 fresh asparagus, mushrooms, fiery wasabi, and healthy miso paste and walnut oil.

Body+Soul, April/May 2005


Credit: Lisa Hubbard

Recipe Summary

Makes 8 rolls


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a small bowl dissolve miso in 2 tablespoons warm water. Mix in rice wine. Set aside.

  • Cut each asparagus spear in half. (Or hold a spear in both hands, closer to the tough, woody end than to the tip. Bend the stalk until it snaps.) Heat walnut oil in a large cooking pan over medium-high heat and swirl to coat pan. Add shiitake mushrooms; saute until softened, about 1 minute. Add asparagus spears; saute until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in miso mixture. Remove from heat; let cool.

  • 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.

  • Spread about 1 teaspoon wasabi paste horizontally just below the center of the wrapper. Top the wasabi with 2 tablespoons of the spring-roll filling in an even horizontal mound. Roll up the rice paper to form a tight cylinder, folding in the sides about halfway. Assemble the remaining spring rolls the same way. Serve fresh rolls whole or cut in half, with Lime and Soy Dipping Sauce.