Spring Rolls | Vegetable Fried Rice

Did your CSA bag have at least two heads of fresh spring lettuce and a bunch of fresh mint? Well, mine did. And the tender, earthy leaves are just as tasty as ever. If you haven’t ever had fresh lettuce from a farmers market, this week would be a good time to find some and give it a try. Fresh lettuce tastes nothing like what you get in the store, and since it doesn’t have to travel cross-country in an 18-wheeler, it will last longer than a day or two.

Spring rolls bring out the best in fresh, spring lettuce, herbs and carrots. Pair them with some spring vegetable fried rice for the perfect seasonal comfort food dinner.

Love to Cook: Vegetable Summer Rolls (about an hour) and Vegetable Fried Rice (15 minutes, if you have cooked rice on hand)

Weeknight Reality: Quick Vietnamese Spring Rolls (about 20 minutes) and Quick Vegetable Fried Rice (about 20 minutes, if you have rice)

Need a Miracle: Make the spring rolls using this recipe; instead of fried rice make Faux Pho Ga (Vietnamese chicken noodle soup) with rotisserie chicken and packaged broth


Where summer produce is robust, spring goods are tender, softer in texture and flavor. For dinner tonight, how about foraging (probably at a farmers market) for fresh spring lettuce or other baby greens?  You might find some young root vegetables to go with, and you’ll have the perfect spring salad.


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Lamb chops, sugar snap peas and spring greens
  • Weeknight Reality: Pan-fried chicken tenders over spring green salad
  • Need a Miracle: Spinach wraps with spring mix, goat cheese and smoked turkey (from the deli)

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.

A.A. Milne, via goodreads