With summer in full swing, heating up the kitchen to make dinner is so not happening. But that doesn’t mean you’re confined to eating salad until Labor Day.
Enter: summer rolls.
Think of them as a healthier, sexier (and gluten-free!) version of a burrito, with the translucent rice paper filled with a veritable rainbow of veggies, proteins, and sauces. And yes, they’re perfect for al fresco dinner parties or DIY picnics, since unlike sandwiches they won’t fall apart in your hands.
Ready to flaunt your fillings? Get creative with how you cut your fruits and veggies (pro tip: invest in some shaped cookie cutters), think about cool color combos, and become more intentional with your placement.
Ready to get rolling? Here are eight summer roll recipes that definitely taste as good as they look.
Don’t let the complex flavor profile fool you—this summer roll is pretty simple to make (not to mention packed with vitamins A, C, and K).
Intimidated by the thought of making sushi? This foolproof recipe lets you combine smoked salmon, avocado, and cucumber into one giant, handheld roll (no rice clean-up necessary).
Showing off in-season produce isn’t limited to veggies. Here, Ciara Attwell of My Fussy Eater gives the classic fruit salad an imaginative (and highly ‘grammable) twist, flaunting mouthwatering ripe fruit in all its colorful glory.
Spiralizing vegetables has just about revolutionized the humble zucchini—and it goes way beyond the pasta bowl. Here, Heather Christo comes up with a brilliant, tangy dressing that just might inspire you to take a break from nonna’s red sauce. “Tahini, mango, chili, and garlic puree into the most epic, flavorful sauce of all time,” promises the food blogger. (Sorry, grandma!)
Although This Rawsome Vegan Life blogger Emily von Euw’s recipe has a flexible ingredient list, it’s hard not to fall for the color-coordinated veggies she went with herself (that would be grated beets, carrots, and tomatoes). Apply that some theory to your own rolls, whether they’re orange, yellow, or green from top to bottom.
The real star of this recipe is the peanut hoisin dipping sauce, made with hoisin, immunity-boosting ginger, and sriracha—talk about a kick!
You could call this roll a handheld salad. It’s packed with spinach, strawberries, feta, pecans, and balsamic reduction—which might sound a lot like your go-to salad bar lunch combo, but this version definitely tastes way better. (Okay, that might be anecdotal, but generally things are way more fun to eat when you don’t need utensils.)
All those colors in your rolls? They’re not just pretty—they also signal loads of nutrient goodness. Mint calms the stomach, mango gives a vitamin C and A boost, and beets are fibrous and full of antioxidants. And there’s an added bonus: They take less than 30 minutes. Take that, weeknight dinner!
Think 30 minutes is too long to wait for dinner? Here are 10 meals that you can make in just 15 minutes. And no matter what’s on the menu, watermelon pizza will always be the perfect dessert.