A Lighter Lunch: Raw Spring Rolls With Vegan Dipping Sauces

Looking for a light, raw but satisfying lunch to add to your repertoire? These nori and rice paper veggie rolls are the perfect solution.

Raw Nori + Rice Paper Wraps With Dipping Sauces


Any combination of the following:

  • 1⁄2 head red cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • basil
  • cilantro
  • 3-4 nori sheets and/or rice paper sheets


1. Cut all the veggies into thin strips (or use a mandolin). Chop the cucumber by hand, tear up the kale leaves and slice the avocado.

2. Nori: Lay your desired fillings on one side of your nori sheet, and on the opposite side spread a little sauce to seal together the ends when you roll it up. Roll everything up tight and set aside.

3. Rice paper: Dip your rice paper sheets in warm water so they soften and become pliable (do this one at a time), then arrange your fillings in the middle. Fold over two ends, then wrap it up like a burrito, making it as tight

as possible. It might take a few tries to get it perfect.

4. Serve with one or all of the sauces below.

Spicy Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • chili powder, to taste (optional for kids)
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 2 dates
  • juice from 1⁄2 lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • water, as needed to make it creamy and smooth

Peanut Sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chunk of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons each of tamari, maple syrup, and lime juice
  • chili powder, to taste (optional for kids)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1⁄3 cup water (more or less as needed)

Tahini Garlic Sauce (a Healthy Mama original)

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 3 tablespoons of water (add more if needed to desired consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweet chili sauce (optional - if you want sweet - I prefer mine without)


Make any (or all) of the sauces by blending all the ingredients together until smooth.

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