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Kale & Scallion Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Every once in a while it’s necessary to step away. Just like taking breaks through the work day is good to do (and really best for your safety and sanity), I was reminded again that stepping away is good. Really, really good!  This weekend I spent two quiet nights at my family home visiting with my parents, a trio that has not been alone together in 16 years prior to this. 16 years! It seems in the midst of my other three siblings coming and going and having two children of my own, it had been almost half of my life since I’d had time alone with my folks, just me and them, them and me.

Crazy, really. Now that I’m back, and having rested well (I spent the majority of the time on my fave couch with a great book), I am so grateful I had that time with them.We talked about everything, we laughed, and we simply were together – with no big agenda and nothing heavy or uncomfortable looming. I truly love my parents for raising me the way they did, even if I wasn’t the best poster child at the time for their laid back way of life. I sure do appreciate it now.

It’s fitting that this recipe – the last in my (planned) series featuring peanut butter – utilizes one of the most amazing vegetables known to us health seeking vegetable fiends. Kale never fails to amaze me with its ability to grow year round in just about any old place. My folks have had it in their garden for as long as I can remember, and theirs grows sweet and tasty – and of course tastes best freshly picked – the only way they eat it.

Kale & Scallion Salad Rolls | In Pursuit of More
Kale & Scallion Salad Rolls | In Pursuit of More
I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about this blog and what it means to me. After attending a local food forum aimed at increasing food security in their small remote community (organized by my folks this weekend), I’m feeling pretty pumped about the folks everywhere who are growing stuff, and continuing to produce foods that are healthy & sustainable.

I’ve long been a supporter of local growers, but am often frustrated at the high prices and lack of accessibility for those without the means to buy the foods we might regularly enjoy. It’s true that there are fewer small-scale farmers all the time, and it’s become harder and harder to survive for them. This is where the idea of living with (just a little) less is so powerful, as we consider ways to have our impact in a way that makes sense. Even a simple thing like buying only what we need, or realistically will eat, can make a huge difference. Resolving to eat leftovers, and use what food is already in the house (especially the fresh stuff). This is just one of the ways in which we are challenged everyday. So I am once again resolving to support the small-scale producers every chance I get, and to buy just what I need. Seems easy, right?

So let’s get to this recipe, as this couldn’t be more simple, or more delicious & filling. It is of course, featuring peanut sauce & kale and not much else. Once you taste it, you’ll see why I’m so excited about this one. No grating, fussing, or long list of ingredients. No mess. Just amazing.

Kale & Scallion Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce:

(20) sheets of Vietnamese rice paper (small size)
(1) bunch Dinosaur or Lacinato kale
(1) bunch green onions
(1) recipe Peanut Sauce

Start by washing the kale under cold water and giving it a good shake to dry it off. Separate the bunch and cut the leaves in half, lengthwise, remove the stems on the stem piece. Repeat the same steps for the green onions, by washing them and cutting them into two pieces lengthwise, about the same length as the kale pieces. Save the bottoms for another recipe, such as this cilantro sauce.

Make the peanut sauce and transfer it to a clean jar or container.

To make the rolls, fill a large bowl with warm water from the tap. Remove the sheets of rice paper and place in the bowl of water to soften, two at a time, for about 20-30 seconds only. Once soft, remove the wrappers and place on a work surface, overlapping the two by about two inches.

For each roll, place a kale leaf or two in the centre of the prepared wrappers. Add a piece of green onion and top with a couple of spoonfuls of peanut sauce, making a line up the entire kale leaf with the sauce. To roll up the wrappers, start with the end nearest you and roll up, gently tightening the wrappers over the veggies and sauce with your hands. Fold in the sides of the wrappers as you go and finish the rolling process like you would a burrito.

Complete the rest of the rolls, using more or less kale or sauce as your supplies will allow. Get creative and add whatever you like to these as well – anything goes and sliced bell pepper, lettuce, and spinach all work tremendously well too. Once finished, enjoy right away with extra sauce on the side. If making ahead, simply store in an airtight container in the fridge. These guys are super hardy and will keep for up to a week no problem.

35 responses to “Kale & Scallion Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce

  1. I can just imagine that nice crunch – and then getting to some of the luscious peanut sauce. The rolls are also just beautiful to behold!

    So wonderful to be able to spend “alone” time with your parents (not to mention a great book, too!) I miss that! Pretty soon, however, I will be spending a whole week with them and I cannot wait!

    Oh – and thank you for the miso soup reference 😉 – I think you’re right. The combination of the rolls/soup would make a fantastic meal.

    1. Thanks Annie! A whole week with your folks sounds wonderful – enjoy that special time! Discovering that soup means it’s high time I make it I think 🙂 Stay tuned!

  2. Hello lovely Shira

    I had a few days with my parents – just the 3 of us – in January. It was wonderful. Like you, I am lucky to have parents like mine.

    You know how much I love kale (made kale chips for the first time last week!) and your photography is sublime. As ever.

    Hugs from me 🙂

  3. These are such gorgeous rolls! I bet they are incredibly delicious with that peanut sauce! Wow!

    And how neat it must’ve been to spend that time with your parents. I haven’t been alone with mine since I was 5! That sounds like such a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    1. Thanks Kristy! I am amazed by how easy it is to go that long with out alone time with key people – I’ll try to do it again, but not let that long go by if I can!

  4. Beautifully simple and delicious wraps Shira! And I love what you said about taking breaks- you’re right, it’s so important! I’m already looking towards next weekend when I have 2 days completely free for once 🙂

    So glad you had a nice time with your parents!

  5. There’s so much to comment on here, Shira, your quiet time with your parents reminded me of my summers with my mom. It’s just the best to escape and it feels just like being a child again with no responsibilities but the enjoyment of each other’s company! Those rice wraps look amazing, we’ve made regular ones so I can just imagine how these would taste:) xx

    1. Agreed Barbara! I was talking to a friend who also loves that when she goes home alone she feels just like a kid again 🙂 We all could use a bit of that from time to time, right? Thank you!

  6. I love how incredibly simple and delicious this is Shira! How lovely that you got to spend some time with just you and your parents. I can’t remember the last time I had alone time with mine! That needs to be remedied! Sorry for not visiting for a bit! Trying to catch up on that now. xx

    1. Love having you back here Somer – you’ve been missed! Hope you are doing well – and parental alone time – who knew it was so rare? xx

      1. I suffered a couple of injuries in February that left me couch bound for a bit and devoid of any motivation to cook or blog or do much of anything really. On the mend. I’m hoping spring will come sooner than later. I need some sunshine 🙂

  7. I love salad rolls! Just a few months ago a Vietnamese friend taught me how to make them and now I have them all the time for dinner and play around with the fillings. I need to come up with a healthier version of hoisin sauce that I can make at home because that is the best dipping sauce for these ever!

    1. I totally agree Anna – let me know if you make it as I would LOVE that. Sometimes you just need something salty without the heaviness of a nut butter. Keep me posted!

  8. Your parents sound so amazing, which is no surprise since they raised you and you are a pretty incredible lady! I am so lucky to live in an area where our small local farmers are widely supported – in the summer we have 2 farmers markets in my town within walking distance and in the Winter we have 2 Markets both within a short drive. Our Farmers have made great strides in producing cold weather crops throughout the winter months and have improved their cold storage methods for root crops harvested in the Fall so we have access to all the goodness they grow through the Winter- we indeed are so very lucky to have access to amazing produce & goods year round. xo

  9. Love that you touched on accessibility and the choice to scale back on some things in order to eat well and support the community. This is a tough choice to make for some, but ultimately so important.

    And I want these salad rolls for breakfast! Crunchy greens and a tasty sauce all coming together super easy, this is the heart of good food. So perfect.

  10. These look so incredibly refreshing and tasty! What a nice idea. 🙂

    I definitely have trouble buying only what I need (or plan to cook with) sometimes– especially when I’m leaving things up to spontaneity and haven’t laid out a meal plan for the week– but I’m much better about it whenever I do plan my meals in advance! (And it is so helpful to have access to farmer’s market/local produce more than just one day a week– I know I’m very lucky to live in a place where that’s the case!)

  11. Shira, what a wonderful relationship you describe with your parents. Such a gift. Beautiful to see their legacy passed on to you. This recipe sounds positively delicious. I love what you are doing here. Keep up the important work! 🙂

    1. Thanks Ashley! We’ve certainly come a long way 🙂 I am so grateful to be at this place now too – thank you for all your kindness and encouragement! YOU are a gift! xo

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