Rainbow Rice Paper Wraps

Nothing brightens up my day more than seeing other women’s photos of recipes I’ve taught them. Earlier today, my mom posted this gorgeous photo on Facebook and added it to my timeline. Way to go, Mom!

Her food arrangement is inviting and artistic. She also followed my instructions re: position your platter next a source of natural light AND be sure there is a succulent plant featured somewhere in the frame. She’s aced Foodtography 101.

As I read through her friends’ glowing comments under the photo, after her book club meeting, I saw folks asking for the recipe. I came here to Happy Hungry Journey… and it dawned on me… that I still hadn’t ever typed up the procedure for rolling rice paper wraps. OMG blogger crisis.

How does this happen?! I teach how to work with rice paper at every Happy Hungry Journey summer camp, PLUS I serve these at every catering event, from women’s book club to Vinyasa and Vino, you name it!

catering for Ladies’ Candlelight and Cocktails garden party

This recipe became such a go-to, that in the midst of camps, brunches, mother-daughter events, and catering, typing up the recipe is the thing that ironically fell by the wayside.

Here you go!

For Rainbow Rice Paper Wraps:

10-12 sheets of medium rice paper

1 red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into matchsticks, seeds and stem removed

1 orange bell pepper, cut lengthwise into matchsticks, seeds and stem removed

1 yellow bell pepper, cut lengthwise into matchsticks, seeds and stem removed

1 medium cucumber, cut lengthwise into matchsticks

2 cups purple cabbage, cut lengthwise into long shreds

assortment of fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, and Thai basil, chopped

Assembly:

Dip one rice paper sheet into a bowl of cool water for 20-30 seconds.

Lay rice paper flat on cutting board on top of parchment paper.

Assemble your filling widthwise across the center of the rice paper sheet. Sprinkle fresh herbs. 

Reserve some fresh herbs for garnish.

Fold the bottom of the rice paper over the toppings. Then fold in the sides, creating a pocket. 

Roll the entire creation tightly from bottom to top. 

Use a wet, very sharp knife to slice your rice paper roll in half and assemble on your favorite serving tray as you wish.

My Avocado Lime Dipping Sauce is a Happy Hungry Journey recipe secret. You’ll have to come to one of my events to enjoy it! In the meantime, mix yourself 2 tbsp tamari, a few drops of sesame oil, and 1 tsp fresh green onion as a simple dipping sauce.  ; )

You’ll notice my mom’s gorgeous countertops in the background of my photos as well; most recently, I served these at her Vinyasa and Vino cocktail hour. I’m so grateful that so many women are interested in coming together to practice yoga and try healthy approaches to fun and delicious food!

For what kind of healthy event would you like to serve these Rainbow Wraps? Let me know in the comments below!

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6 Responses

  1. Martha LaValette says:

    I tried my best and everyone raved about them. Still not as good as yours. Mine looked like mini stuffed cabbages LOL I will keep practicing.

    • Something about being Slovak makes all of our food look like Stuffed Cabbage! The stuffed cabbage rolling technique is in our DNA. Great job, Mom! Your platter looks awesome, and I’m so glad all your guests loved them!

  2. Lisa says:

    I told your mom that I was afraid to make dinner for her when she visited last weekend because I know I can’t stand up to her cooking!

  3. Karen Bowser says:

    Wow – great photos!! I just love the coloring and the presentation is awesome. Wonderful job!!!

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