Tropical Summer Rolls with a Peanut Dipping Sauce

Do you ever have such a nice packed lunch for work that you kinda hope some of your colleagues see it and are slightly jealous? No, neither. I would NEVER be so shallow. 

Except perhaps when I bring a meal as healthy, colorful, and all around rad as these summer rolls with tropical fruit and a creamy, peanut sauce. 

Tropical summer rolls - a vegan recipe with avocados, mangoes, and cucumber

I've been trying to bring food to work pretty regularly, because it's so much nicer to warm up a good bowl of lentil soup than buy a sad, cafeteria sandwich. Has anyone ever had a wonderful cafeteria sandwich? I would like to know. I never have. Why must the lettuce always be so bleak at cafeterias?

I typically prefer a warm lunch, but since it's warming up I'm getting behind the cooler food again. That being said, I really do prefer these rolls at room temperature, so let them warm up a bit if you do keep them in the refrigerator. 

Tropical Summer Rolls - an easy, vegan recipe with avocados, mangoes, and cucumber

On a totally-unrelated-to-food-note, I wanted to share something (well, really someone) that has been inspiring me. I've just purchased Brené Brown's book Daring Greatly, because of these awesome videos:

The Power of Vulnerability

Listening to Shame

The Anatomy of Trust

Why You're Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count

These are seriously, profoundly moving thoughts. I think the one that so completely spoke to me was the last one on critics. I've been struggling recently with so many people having "good ideas" for me - what I should be doing on the blog, what kind of photos I should take, what brands I should partner with, etc. While I'm sure people feel like they're giving me helpful feedback, what it feels like is a lot of unsolicited criticism. 

Brené says people don't get to be critics in your life unless they are also creating. So, if you're a creative and you are doing the work, and fighting the fight - then people who are just spectators don't get to a say in that. If people who are doing what you are doing have good, constructive feedback, then engage with them. But, to everyone else, she says, "...if you are not in the arena, also getting your arse kicked, I am not interested in your feedback."

Sometimes that's tough to remember - and many times the good ideas that people give me are wonderful ideas, but I simply don't have enough hours in the day. Food blogging is the best, most interesting hobby I have right now, but it takes a huge amount of time. 

I wanted to share those links with you, in case they could speak to you as well. I'll let you all know how Daring Greatly goes!

Tropical Summer Rolls - an easy, vegan recipe with avocados, mangoes, and cucumber.

I do hope you enjoy these nutritious, beautiful little rolls! 

Tropical Summer Rolls with a Peanut Dipping Sauce

Makes 8 rolls | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes


1 avocado, sliced into matchsticks

1 large cucumber, cut into matchsticks

2 mangos, cut into matchsticks

1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

2 cups chopped lettuce

8 to 10 rice paper wrappers

2 tablespoons peanut butter

juice of one lime 

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper


Wash and cut the fruit and vegetables. 

In a dish large enough to fit the rice paper wrappers (I use a pie plate), add 2 inches of warm water. 

Submerge the rice paper for 10 to 20 seconds, or until it is pliable. Lay it flat on a cutting board and add a few slices of mango, avocado, and cucumbers on one end. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of cilantro and lettuce on top of the fruit. 

Fold the end of the rice paper wrapper up over the fruit and veggies. Then fold the sides in and roll like a burrito. 

Cut in half, at an angle. Repeat with all 8 to 10 wrappers. 

For the sauce, combine the peanut butter, lime juice, sesame oil, salt, and pepper and whisk briskly to combine. 

Serve immediately or save in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

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