Thai Style Papaya and Salad Rolls
- 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 12-15 green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
- 2/3 cup julienned carrot (about one carrot)
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 1/2 cups julienned green papaya (about one small papaya)
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped peanuts
- Juice of one lime
- 1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar
- 1 to 2 bird’s eye chilies, sliced (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce
- 2 to 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 4 rice spring roll wrappers
- Place the garlic and the green beans in a large zipper close bag. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Use a rolling pin or mallet to gently whack the green beans and garlic until the green beans are lightly bruised and the garlic is smashed into small pieces.
- Add the carrots, tomatoes papaya, peanuts, lime juice, brown sugar, chilies, and vegan fish sauce to the bag. Reseal and give everything a good toss. Massage with your hands for a few minutes, then transfer the contents of the bag to a fine mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Press on the salad to extract as much liquid as possible. Reserve the liquid for the sauce.
- Find a rimmed dish that is large enough to hold your rice paper. Fill it with an inch of room temperature water and set it on the counter. Place a damp tea towel next to this container. Working one rice paper at a time, submerge the rice paper into the water until pliable (mine took about 20 seconds). Do not over-soak. Transfer the soaked rice paper to the damp towel, laying it down in a flat circle.
- Place one quarter of the papaya salad on the rice paper, centered left-to-right, but three quarters of the way down from the top. Fold exposed bottom quarter of the paper up over the filling, then fold the entire roll over once. Fold in the left and right sides, then continue rolling until sealed.
- Repeat with the remaining three papers and the rest of the papaya salad.
- Transfer the reserved marinade to a serving bowl. Add two tablespoons of peanut butter and whisk until smooth. Add additional peanut butter if you prefer a thicker sauce (I used four tablespoons). Serve at once.