Summer recipes don't get much lighter, or more artistic, than Vietnamese spring rolls. Parchment-fine rice paper is rolled around a colorful medley of filling ingredients. You might choose ribbons of Asian noodles, balanced with crisp veggies and water chestnuts, savory grilled pork, or mildly sweet shrimp. Season with garlic, ginger, soy sauce or fish sauce. Serve these tidy bundles fresh, not deep-fried, with dipping sauces like salty-sweet peanut or fiery chili. You might wrap each one in a lettuce leaf, which not only adds color and crunch, but also helps keep them moist.
What could follow these flavorful morsels? Cooling grain recipes from the Mediterranean are next.