Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bacon, Lettuce, Cucumber & Tomato Salad Rolls

(8 rolls)

I'm moving soon, so I have been working at clearing out my pantry as productively as I can. I used my last tin of chickpeas for a tasty hummus yesterday, then packed up my food processor last night. This morning I came across half a package of Vietnamese spring roll wrappers and used those for my salad today.

Bacon, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pickle and caper salad dressing went inside these wrappers. The rolls really didn't take that much time to make and they were delicious! Vietnamese wrappers are made from tapioca starch and rice flour; perfect if you can't tolerate gluten.

salad dressing
1 large dill pickle, finely diced
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 generous tbsp capers, drained
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sweet paprika

Combine everything in a small bowl and set aside

8x  8-9 inch sheets rice spring roll wrappers
lukewarm water for soaking the wrappers
about 2-2 1/2 cups washed and dried spring lettuce mix
2/3 of an English cucumber, cut into 5 inch long matchsticks
2 large Roma tomatoes, cut into long matchsticks
freshly cracked black pepper
8 slices of bacon, cut in half and fried until crisp, drained and cooled

Soak the first rice wrapper in the water, then remove and place it evenly onto a flat surface. Drop another wrapper into the water to soften.

Place the lettuce towards one end of the wrapper leaving about an inch of space at the sides and about two inches at the top. If you are using a spring mix, then position the stems of the leaves inwards to prevent them from piercing the wrapper.

Spread about one generous tablespoon of dressing over the centre of the lettuce, then top with one or two more leaves. Place some cucumber and tomato over the leaves and sprinkle a bit of freshly cracked pepper. Add two half slices of bacon.

Gently pull the top edge of the rice wrapper over and tug it in underneath the lettuce and bacon filling. Roll towards you for about half a turn or so. Try keeping it as snug as possible. It might take a few tries to get the hang of it.

Pull the outer edge of the wrapper in towards the centre of the roll, then do the same with the other side (see photo above).

Finish rolling up the salad roll and set aside. Repeat until you have used up all of the wrappers. Enjoy!

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