This week’s ‘The Food Matters Project’ was a little more of a challenge.  The chosen recipe was Seared Bean Sprouts with Beef and Sesame Orange Sauce.  It took me a couple of days to think about the vegetarian spin I could take with this dish.  After some thought I finally landed on taking the ingredients and putting them into spring rolls.

Granted, spring rolls are a bit of work. The delicate rice paper can tear so easily that it can be a practice in the art of patience just to get enough made to feed more than one person.

spring rolls

I’ve learned a few things along the way that just might be helpful…

It is important to keep your fingers damp when working with the rice paper.

Only leave the rice paper in the water for about 10-15 seconds, and keep them on a damp towel while you are working with them.

Do. Not. Rush.

Follow these tips and your spring rolling experience should be a bit smoother.

spring rolls

Creating this recipe I kept many of the same ingredients in the original recipe (except the beef) then added in some carrots and colorful peppers for extra flavor.

Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 pound bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Spring roll rice papers
  • Orange Dipping Sauce
  • In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, freshly squeezed orange juice and honey. Use as dipping sauce for your spring rolls.


  1. Put coconut oil in skillet and turn the heat to high. When oil is hot add bean sprouts, peppers, carrots and scallions. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are just tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Soak rice paper in warm water for 10-15 seconds until softened. Put the rice paper on a damp towel and place a 1/4 cup of bean mixture in the center of the rice paper. Roll, tuck and fold in the sides as you go. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

To see the original recipe head on over to Dominica’s site, ‘Wine Food Love’.

spring rolls

spring rolls

Be sure to check out all the other interpretations of this recipe by heading over to the comment section of today’s post on ‘The Food Matters Project’.


15 Responses to Spring Rolls with Orange Dipping Sauce

  1. Erin says:

    It took me awhile to try and decide on how to make this vegetarian (and then when I went to the store they didn’t even have bean sprouts!)
    I almost made spring rolls and I think I’ll have to re-do this recipe again! These look delicious (the again, I’ve never met a veggie spring roll I didn’t like!)

  2. Jenn says:

    Yum!! These are gorgeous and look sooo good! Lovely idea!

  3. Bree says:

    These look gorgeous. I love making these, and love how colorful and crunchy they are. I haven’t made these in a long time, you may have just inspired me to.

  4. Margarita says:

    I love spring rolls! This is uber creative… this definitely wins! Must make this!

  5. Aura Caplett says:

    These look great! Beautiful photos and I love the even healthier approach.

  6. Kristen says:

    I LOVE your take on this dish….what a creative way to make them vegetarian while still keeping the main idea of the dish. Your spring rolls look fabulous. I’m very impressed!

  7. This is such a creative idea! I love it – great job and beautiful pictures!!

  8. Oooh, yours are so pretty! I love how colorful they are!

  9. Ana says:

    These look fantastic! What a clever idea : )

  10. Spring rolls? You’re a genius!

  11. Jackie says:

    Gosh, I LOVE this idea…I will definitely have to try these next time I make this!

  12. Marty says:

    Your ingredients for the Orange Sauce is ‘Orange Sauce’ ?? Would you happen to have a recipe for an orange sauce?

    • Alison says:

      Marty, just click on the link ‘Wine, Food, Love’ at the end of the recipe for the Orange Dipping sauce and original spring roll recipe.

  13. Jennifer Whitehurst says:

    I just discovered your site and I’m so excited to read everything – and try the recipes!

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