I have meals that I turn to time and again- things I can do without a recipe, without much thought. Summer rolls are one of those items. I always have rice papers on hand and for the most part, have the rice noodles on hand too. I make a lot with raw vegetables (makes it super fast) but these roasted carrot summer rolls are lovely. Roasting carrots adds an extra layer of flavor and I’ve found with the soy sauce baked in, I don’t really need a sauce. This makes these carrot summer rolls perfect for taking on the go.
Sesame Roasted Carrot Summer Rolls
Roasted carrots shine in these vegetable packed summer rolls, complete with fresh baby spinach, soy-roasted carrots, and rice noodles.
- 4 medium carrots
- 6 scallions
- 1 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 4 oz brown rice noodles
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 6 brown rice spring roll wrappers
- Heat oven to 400˚F.
Slice carrots and green onions into matchstick sized pieces. Save the top part of the greens from the scallions for use in assembly. Place in a roasting pan and toss with tamari, honey, and sesame oil. Toss until well coated and add the sesame seeds. Roast, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender and most the liquid is gone, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cook brown rice noodles according to package. Drain some of the hot water into a dish that is big enough to fit the rice paper. Rinse the rice noodles under cold water and set aside.
Set up your spring roll rolling station with the pan of water, carrot mixture, spinach, cooked noodles, toasted sesame seeds, and scallion greens. Add a bit of extra water if it is too hot- the temperature should be hot but not scalding.
- Soak the rice paper for 10-15 seconds, just until the rice paper starts to soften (this will depend on hot the water is). Place rice paper on a cutting board and load with rice noodles, spinach, carrot mixture, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and minced scallion greens. Roll, tuck, and fold in sides as you go. Continue with remaining ingredients.
- Once done slice in half and serve with a little bowl of soy sauce.
carrot summer rolls
This recipe is two fold. I use the carrots as a component for other recipes which means you could roast the carrots in a big batch and eat for two or three meals. Beyond that, I occasionally swap out the carrots for other in-season produce. I also leave out the rice noodles and boost the greens.
Salad/Bowls: I love the carrot mixture by itself. The roasted carrots make a lovely addition to salads or top grain bowls. Make an extra batch of the carrots and use for lunch the next day.
Tofu: Bulk up these carrot summer rolls with fried or bake tofu.
Vegetables: Replace the carrots with sweet potatoes, parsnips, kohlrabi, or turnips. A mixture of vegetables could also be used.
Carrots are the perfect transitional produce. They help to add a pop of color during the spring and fall months when produce starts to transition. I love their slightly sweet flavor when paired with earthier ingredients. Also, I rarely peel carrots- just give them a good scrub!