As the season of spring rolls approaches, our craving for Thai food featuring the freshest farm market vegetables grows stronger and stronger. However, as delicious as a freshly wrapped spring roll can be, one thing that tends to be frustrating about them is their size—sometimes it feels like we need at least seven of those little guys to come close to feeling full! With that in mind, we thought about creating a dish inspired by spring rolls that still packs a punch while being equally filling. Plus, we created an incredible sauce recipe that is a perfect compliment to the noodles and all of the fresh veggies; originally meant to be a dipping sauce for the lighter spring roll, this sauce is a simple and incredible addition to any Asian-themed dish. Rather than using peanuts as a salty complement, this sauce's base is actually almond butter, and it works just as well when you mix it in with your noodle of choice!
The noodles we used were vegan wheat Udon noodles, which are a simple but easy-to-prepare choice. Rice noodles also work really well for this dish. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package, and then you can get started on whatever vegetables you will end up mixing in. Cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers are great options to get started. Chop or slice them according to your own preference. Some people prefer larger pieces in the bowl, while others might simply dice them all and distribute evenly throughout the bowl. The herbs can all be chopped very finely together, and then if you like a little extra fire, chop the rest of your jalapeño pepper and add it in with the cucumber, carrot, and pepper mix.
Once everything is ready to go, it's time to mix it up! Mix the noodles in with all of the chopped veggies, then pour the sauce over the noodles in little bits, taking time to incorporate it. Use however much of the sauce you want, essentially pouring until you have reached the desired amount of sauce coating the noodles. Next, stir in the finely chopped herbs along with the microgreens, and you've got a delicious and filling dish perfect for a quick lunch or a family dinner!