Our favorite new Instagram food trend, salad rolls, are not only picture perfect, but also crunchy, flavorful and fun to make.
What's in a Roll?
Basically, nearly anything that you love in a salad can translate into a roll.
Start with a wrap - think collard greens, lettuce or even large steamed broccoli leaves, nori or rice paper. Then, go crazy with the veggies. However, you'll likely need to cut the veggies smaller than you would for a salad. Grated or matchstick-style carrots, radishes, cucumber, peppers and cabbage add color and crunch. Roasted beets, sweet potatoes, squash and mushrooms bring depth.
Finally, those little extras take it over the top. Try a protein boost with thin strips of marinated tofu, shredded roasted chicken, cooked beans or a chopped hard-boiled egg. Consider mixing up homemade pesto, hummus or aioli as a binder too. And when in doubt, add avocado. Then, roll it all up burrito-style and slice.
Need more inspiration? These Instagram posts have us hooked on salad rolls:
These homemade collard rolls with asparagus, carrot and avocado are taken to the next level with whipped feta.
This is more of a collard wrap than a roll but the featured ingredients work for both. Make the most of leftover roasted sweet potatoes and add black beans, thinly sliced cucumber, chopped endive, avocado slices and microgreens or sprouts. This is rounded out with homemade vegan "parmesan" and a store-bought cashew herb garlic cheese.
Veggie spring rolls are a favorite takeout staple that are surprisingly easy to make at home — it just might take a little practice to get the technique down. These rice paper wrappers are filled with lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, carrot and avocado and would be a match for this Sweet and Tangy Peanut Sauce.
It's veggie sushi with a raw twist. Filling favorites like carrots, avocado, cucumber and red cabbage are joined by a refreshingly different sushi rice stand-in — raw cauliflower rice. Finish with a sprinkle of hemp seeds. A note: Nori can be tricky to cut at first, but the satisfying crunch of the fresh vegetables dipped in a bit of soy sauce is worth the effort.
With a few extra minutes, whir up a dipping sauce like our Vegan Tofu Green Goddess Dressing, Vietnamese Dipping Sauce, Tahini Miso Sauce or Creamy Sesame-Garlic Dressing.