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Soba Noodle Summer Rolls

Author: Jennifer Katzinger, Excerpted from Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family

Ingredients

  • 10 shiitake mushrooms stemmed and sliced
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 3 oz 100 percent buckwheat soba noodles
  • 1 ⁄2 cup sesame seeds
  • 12 rice paper wrappers
  • 14 ounces tofu cut into thin rectangles
  • 1 small cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and julienned
  • 1 ⁄2 avocado cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 ⁄2 small red onion minced (about 1⁄2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons chile oil
  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 green onion minced

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the mushrooms and tamari to marinate.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the noodles for 8 minutes. Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water. Slice the noodles into 2-inch lengths.
  • In a dry skillet over medium heat, roast the sesame seeds until they brown slightly and smell fragrant.
  • Prepare a large container of cold water to soften the rice paper wrappers. (I use a large sauté pan because the size and shallow depth work well.) Assembling 1 roll at a time, lay 1 paper in the water until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Put the softened wrapper on a flat surface and arrange the mushrooms, noodles, tofu, cucumber, carrots, avocado, basil, cilantro, onion, and the sesame seeds in a line down the center of the wrapper. Sprinkle with oil and, working with your hands, lift up the edge of the rice paper below the filling and fold it over the filling toward the center. Next, fold in the sides of the rice paper toward each other. Finally, roll up the roll. Continue in this way with the remaining filling and rice papers.
  • To make the dipping sauce, in a small bowl, combine the vinegar and green onion. Slice each roll in half to expose the vibrant colors of the filling. Serve with the dipping sauce on the side.

Notes

Note: Softened rice paper wrappers are very sticky, so to keep the rolls from sticking to one another in a packed lunch, wrap a bit of parchment paper around each before packing snugly in a container.
Photography by Charity Burggraaf  © 2015 by Jennifer Katzinger. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family by permission of Sasquatch Books.