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Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce

Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce

Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce
If you’re anything like me, you’d walk to the edge of the universe for a good spring roll. Or perhaps take the more effective route and call in a takeout order. But if you’re really feeling frisky, you can try your hand at making spring rolls at home! They’re easy and fun for the whole family, and you can put a wide variety of fresh produce in them. And don’t get me started on the dipping sauce!

Since it’s spring, it’s only appropriate that we enjoy spring rolls with fresh spring produce. It’s like eating chili when it’s chilly outside and popsicles when it’s hot. It’s just something we do. We spring roll in the spring.

Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce
I love spring rolls for a number of reasons. First, the tasty ingredients. This one includes in-season asparagus, butter lettuce, and avocado–a simple yet tasty combination with great texture. Second, the dipping sauce! For this recipe, I thought a light citrus dipping sauce would go well with the asparagus, but you can also make the peanut sauce from Kiersten’s Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with Ginger-Peanut Sauce recipe. Dipping sauces are as good as gold in my book. Third, spring rolls are like miniature burritos. Anything remotely resembling a burrito is also as good as gold!

If you’ve never made spring rolls, there’s no need to be intimidated!  Although the spring roll wrappers can be a little tricky to get used to, they are very easy to work with once you get the hang of them. You simply heat up a saucepan of water to just below a boil and get one wrapper wet at a time. I’ve found that quickly rolling the edges of the wrapper in water works well and prevents the wrapper from collapsing onto itself.

How to Roll a Spring Roll
You lay the wrapper flat on a cutting board or a piece of parchment paper and stack the filling ingredients on top of each other. You then take the top part of the wrapper and fold it all the way over the filling, followed by folding in the two sides of the wrapper, and then rolling the spring roll over the rest of the wrapper so that it’s completely encased. What happens next is a double-dipping spring-roll-ravaging fiesta of deliciousness.

Where do you find spring roll wrappers and vermicelli noodles? I got mine from the ethnic section at my local grocery store. If your local chain store doesn’t carry them, you should be able to find them at an Asian grocery store or Whole Foods.

Whatever you fancy in your spring roll, roll it up!

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Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce

Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce

Fresh spring rolls filled with asparagus and avocado, served with a light, citrusy sauce.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 spring rolls

Ingredients

For the Citrus Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (see note)

For the Spring Rolls:

  • 10 asparagus spears, tough ends removed
  • 20 leaves butter lettuce, hard ribs removed
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 2 ounces bean or rice vermicelli noodles
  • 10 large basil or mint leaves
  • 10 spring roll wrappers

Instructions

To prepare the Citrus Dipping Sauce:

  1. Stir together all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare the Asparagus and Avocado Spring Rolls:

  1. Add a few inches of water to a wide, shallow saucepan and bring to a full boil. Add the asparagus spears and cook until bright green but still crunchy on the inside, about 2 minutes. Drain the water and place the asparagus on a plate. Refrigerate until completely cool. Once cool, cut the asparagus spears in half.
  2. Fill the saucepan with water and bring it to a full boil, then add the vermicelli noodles. Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until the noodles are soft. Drain the water and keep the noodles in a colander.
  3. Fill the saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of water and bring to almost a boil. Remove from heat. Carefully and quickly lay one spring roll wrapper on top of the water, just until the full surface of the wrapper touches the surface of the water and it becomes pliable. Remove the wrapper from the water and place it on a smooth cutting board or a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Place two pieces of asparagus in the center of the wrapper, followed by the vermicelli noodles, two thick pieces of avocado, and one basil or mint leaf. Roll up one lettuce leaf and place it on top of the avocado. Wrap the spring roll tightly. Repeat for remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve immediately with Citrus Dipping Sauce or wrap rolls individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Notes

You can replace the chili garlic sauce with 1 clove garlic and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 spring rolls

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Raquel @ My California Roots
    April 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Spring rolls have been on my to-make list for a while now, but I never seem to get around to it! You may have just convinced me, though. Also, I love those chopsticks in your photos. They’re beautiful!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Yes and yes! I hope you give them a go! If I can roll a spring roll, you can too, m’dear! I inherited the chopsticks from an old college roommate, but I think you can still find them at World Market 😉

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    April 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Hello!

    Asparagus and avocado are my new two best friends this year. Putting them in everything. I like the “good for me fat” in avocado. I refuse to be afraid of good fats!! I like nuts and avocado and prefer that you don’t include calorie info. Who cares if it’s good for you!!

    But like you said, spring rolls are intimidating for an up-and-coming cook like myself. But you’re directions are so clear. It’s time to give them a whirl! So springy =)

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      I’m ALL ABOUT avocado fat…in fact, I pretty much consider avocados to be calorie-less because of their health benefits and because they’re too flipping tasty to pass up. So happy you like the idea of these rolls and I hope you try them out!

  • Reply
    dishing up the dirt
    April 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Lovely recipe Julia! Perfect for this time of year. I used to be scared of spring rolls and love your easy instructions!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      <3 <3 <3 It's time Tumbleweed Farm gets to spring rolling! Spring rolls and beer? Let's do this!

  • Reply
    Kristin
    April 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Yeah for spring rolls and orange dipping sauce! 😀
    Beautiful images!
    Thank you for all that you do!
    Pinned,
    K-

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      You got it, sister! Thanks for sharing them and for your kind words!

  • Reply
    [email protected] Beard and Bonnet
    April 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I LOVE this!! These are going on my “must-make” list for lunch next week for sure.

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Waaaaadehoooooo! So happy to hear it, m’lady!

  • Reply
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    April 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    delicious..i am not great at rolling them but regardless i like eating them 🙂

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      It typically takes me multiple rice wrapper collapses each time I make spring rolls and I definitely end up with unsightly ones, but yup – they’re so worth the effort!

  • Reply
    Courtney @ The Fig Tree
    April 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    What a great idea!!! Love the combination of asparagus and avocado. The dipping sauce is perfect for spring. Such bright flavours 🙂

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks, Courtney! I’ve always been a big fan of sushi rolls that have asparagus and avocado so I figured they’d be wonderful together in a spring roll. xoxo

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I love spring rolls, these look fab especially with the citrus dipping sauce!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Woop woop! Dipping sauce is really what seals the deal on a spring roll IMO 😀

  • Reply
    Puja @ Indiaphile.info
    April 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I love spring rolls but it’s has to find great veggie ones. These sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Great to hear you’re going to give the a go! Let us know what you think! 🙂

  • Reply
    lisacng @ expandng.com
    April 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    They sound perfect for spring!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Heck yes! Get them while the getting’s good 🙂

  • Reply
    Emma
    April 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    These are so gorgeous. I haven’t made Spring Rolls for ages but obviously now’s the time to!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Yes, yes! And the avo/asparigus combo is so wonderful! Let us know if you try them!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    April 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Very awesome idea! I love spring rolls!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Glad you like them! Spring roll lovers unite!

  • Reply
    Nina
    April 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I’m trying them tonight! I love springrolls, asparagus and avocado so I’m sure they’ll be awesome! I would have never thought of this stuffing by myself so I’m glad you shared this recipe! I might add a bit of red cabbage in it too since I have some in the fridge.

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      So happy to hear it, Nina!! Red cabbage would be awesome! I was going to add cabbage, myself, but I had extra butter lettuce in my fridge, ha! Let me know how you like them! 😀

      • Reply
        Nina
        April 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        I LOVED them! Probably the best springrolls I had! They were super fresh and filling. I used red cabbage and romaine and added a bit of Thai basil and they were perfect! So was the dipping sauce. Thank you again!

        • Reply
          Julia Mueller
          April 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm

          Yippy!! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I just love how simple they are and all of the textures and flavors combined. Thanks, Nina, and hope you had an excellent weekend! 😀

  • Reply
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    April 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Dying over these! That citrus dipping sauce has my name ALL over it.

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Yeeeeaaaaaaaaah! Thanks, Erica!

  • Reply
    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective
    April 26, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I love Spring Rolls! These rolls are so beautiful! Pinned

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Aren’t they fun?! Thanks Sommer, and hope you have a great weekend!!

  • Reply
    Eat Good 4 Life
    April 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

    These look amazing. I have some rice wrappers as well that I have been waiting to use. As the hot weather approaches I will put them to use. I love the veggie choice of the spring rolls. You can’t really go wrong with any combination really!!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 27, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      You said it! I seriously think you could put any veggie (and fruit) combo in spring rolls and have them turn out fantastically. I love the avocado and the asparagus together. 🙂

  • Reply
    The Veggie Couple
    April 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, these look absolutely amazing. I am going to have to try this next time I make fresh rolls! I can taste them already!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

      So glad to hear it! Let us know how you like them 😀

  • Reply
    Joanne
    April 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I generally can’t understand eating spring rolls in winter either! I mean, sometimes I do it, but I don’t understand it. But they definitely feel more right in the spring!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      April 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Exactly 🙂 As soon as spring hits, I crave spring rolls non-stop. I’m thinking my next spring roll venture will need to include mango, avocado, and cabbage….mmmmmm!!

  • Reply
    Sara
    May 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Just made these for dinner! They were delicious!

    • Reply
      Julia Mueller
      May 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Sara, I’m so glad you made and enjoyed the spring rolls! I feel like I could eat them on a weekly basis! They’re definitely lots of fun and are an excellent change-up to my regular meals 🙂

  • Reply
    Amber
    May 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Hi, I don’t know who you are, or where you come from, but I just made these and I ate 5 by myself. There are 5 left in the fridge for my Husband, and he’s lucky I have dessert to make/consume still. The flavors in my mouth are lingering, the party that was over too soon. Be still my heart, for I have fallen for a recipe.

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