Spring vegetable rolls with kale pesto

A plate of spring rolls stuffed with green vegetables

Try these springtime rolls with miso-kale pesto extracted from Hetty McKinnon’s book To Asia, With Love, then check out more Vietnamese-style recipes.

  • 10588
  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


  • asparagus spears 12, woody ends trimmed
  • mangetout 85g, trimmed
  • mung bean vermicelli or rice vermicelli 100g, soaked in water for at least 15 minutes
  • toasted sesame oil a drizzle
  • rice paper spring roll wrappers 12 x 20cm
  • romaine lettuce 12 leaves
  • avocado 1, cut into thin wedges
  • mint a handful of leaves
  • coriander a handful of leaves
  • basil or Vietnamese mint a handful of leaves
  • kale 100g, leaves only
  • basil 12g
  • garlic 2 cloves, roughly chopped
  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds 45g, toasted
  • white miso paste 1 tbsp
  • extra-virgin olive oil 185ml
  • lemon ½, zested and juiced


  • Step 1

    For the pesto, bring a pan of well-salted water to the boil. Blanch the kale for 30-60 seconds, or until just wilted and bright green. Remove from the water with tongs (keep the water for the other veg), drain and rinse under cold water. Drain again, then squeeze out any excess water. Roughly chop the kale and put in a food processor or blender. Add the basil, garlic and seeds, and whizz to a paste. Add the miso, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil, lemon juice and 2 tbsp water, blending until combined. Stir in the lemon zest and season, then set aside.

    Step 2

    If your asparagus spears are long, snap in half so they are about 10cm in length. Bring the pan of water back to the boil, and cook the asparagus and mangetout for 1 minute until they are bright green. Remove from the water with tongs (again keeping the water for the vermicelli) and drain, before immediately refreshing under cold running water until completely cold. Add the vermicelli to the water and cook for 1-2 minutes or until transparent. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drizzle a little sesame oil over the vermicelli and season, then set aside.

    Step 3

    To assemble the rolls, take a deep plate that is slightly larger than the wrappers and pour in some lukewarm water. Working with one wrapper at a time, dunk into the water and allow to soften for 30-60 seconds – don’t let it get too soft or it will break when rolling. When softened, lay it out flat on a chopping board and assemble your filling. Starting at the edge of the rice paper closest to you (leaving enough room to begin the rolling process), layer a piece of lettuce, followed by a small handful of vermicelli, asparagus, mangetout, avocado and herbs. To roll, pull the edge closest to you over the filling – pull it tight to keep everything in place. Fold over once, then fold in the sides and continue to roll until you have a tightly bound roll. Continue with the remaining wrappers and filling.

    Step 4

    To serve, cut the rolls in half and serve with the miso-kale pesto for dipping.

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Nutritional data

  • kcals 268
  • fat 20.2g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 17.7g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 1.9g
  • protein 3g
  • salt 0.4g

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