Shrimp, Avocado & Mango Spring Rolls with Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce

Years ago someone told me hummingbirds didn’t have feet. That,of course, isn’t true. Possibly they had only seen a hummingbird in flight and never at rest, or perhaps they knew I was very gullible and would believe them. Hummingbirds do tuck their tiny little feet in their feathers, which would make one believe they might not have feet. At any rate, they do have feet and I have proof.  While working in the yard, we had our garage door open to have easy access to the tools. Well, a little hummingbird flew in and went straight toward the top of the garage. We have very high ceilings and the poor little thing wouldn’t fly down. I was afraid he would tire and our cat would have a tasty little meal. Our cat is a superb hunter and leaves her little prizes on the doorstep for us to approve. She is a small cat but has managed to capture everything from mice to pheasant! Yes, pheasant! The bird was as big as she is. We live in the country with coyotes, great horned owls, and red-tailed hawks. She has managed to stay alive for over ten years. All this to say, she would not hesitate to eat a hummingbird if she could get her little paws on it. My husband grabbed the broom and gently tried to coax the hummingbird down, for over an hour! Eventually it was so exhausted it finally came down. I snapped a few pictures, mainly for evidence that all hummingbirds do in fact have feet.

Proof that hummingbirds have feet!

Proof that hummingbirds have feet!

 

Beautiful delicate little feathers.

Beautiful delicate little feathers.

 

The long beak helps the hummingbirds suck the sweet nectar from flowers.

The long beak helps the hummingbirds suck the sweet nectar from flowers.

After the little bird rested from its exhaustion, we let it go and he flew away without being eaten by our cat.

 

The recipe I’m sharing today is perfect for springtime. I mentioned how my husband and I are trying to drop a few pounds, well this recipe is very low in calories and fat. The avocado will have some fat in it, but it is good fat, and the dipping sauce is made from non-fat yogurt, so this is a great healthy snack or lunch. I used carrots, cucumbers, mango, avocado, purple cabbage, leaf lettuce and shrimp for stuffing the spring rolls.

Peel the carrots and cucumbers. Cut in half and thinly slice.

Peel the carrots and cucumbers. Cut in half and thinly slice.

Slice the mango, avocado and purple cabbage.

Slice the mango, avocado and purple cabbage.

Make sure each slice of all your fruits and vegetables are no longer than four inches. This allows for you to wrap the spring roll around the fruit and veggies and have plenty of room to tuck the ends.

 

Spring roll skins are usually made from tapioca starch, water and salt. To purchase them you can click here.

Spring roll skins are usually made from tapioca or rice flour, water and salt. To purchase them you can click here.

 

Soak the spring roll skin in warm water for about one to two minutes or until softened.

Soak the spring roll skin in warm water for about one to two minutes or until softened.

 

Remove tails from cooked shrimp and lay four on top of the spring roll skin.

Remove tails from cooked shrimp and lay four on top of the spring roll skin.

 

Begin to layer mango and all other vegetables on top of shrimp.

Begin to layer mango and all other vegetables on top of shrimp.

Once you are finished layering, pull in the shortest edges of the skins before wrapping the longer sides.

Once you are finished layering, pull in the shortest edges of the skins before wrapping the longer sides.

 

Once your spring roll skins are fully wrapped, the shrimp should show through the top.

Once your spring roll skins are fully wrapped, the shrimp should show through the top.

 

The spring roll skins are a bit tricky to work with. If they tear, just add another spring roll skin layer to them. I ended up using two for most of my wrapped rolls.

These little spring rolls make a beautiful appetizer in the colorful display of fruits and veggies.

These little spring rolls make a beautiful appetizer in their colorful display of fruits and veggies.

 

Slicing the spring rolls on an angle makes for a burst of color.  Dipping them in the spicy-mango sauce makes for a burst of flavor!

Slicing the spring rolls on an angle makes for a burst of color.
Dipping them in the spicy-mango sauce makes for a burst of flavor!

 

Shrimp, Avocado & Mango Spring Rolls with Spicy-Mango Dipping Sauce

1 cucumber -peeled & sliced

1 avocado -peeled and sliced

1 mango (half for the spring rolls, half for the dipping sauce)

1 cup shredded purple cabbage

2 carrots -peeled and sliced

four large leaves from leaf lettuce, torn into smaller sections

16 deveined, tail off, cooked shrimp

4-8 spring roll skins

 

Spicy-Mango Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 a mango

2 Tbsp honey

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp turmeric

salt & pepper to taste

(Place in a blender and blend until all ingredients are completely incorporated)

 

 

This recipe was also shared on delicious obsessionswell fed homestead, simply sugar and glutenfree. glutenfree homemaker vegetarian mamma, real food whole health, sparkle and a stove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Comments on Shrimp, Avocado & Mango Spring Rolls with Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce

  1. Janet
    May 13, 2013 at 6:31 am (2 years ago)

    The fact your husband even got the hummingbird in his hands amazes me :) I love hummingbirds. Thanks for the close up shots.

    Have a beautiful day!

    Reply
    • Laurie Barrie
      May 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, I agree! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that close. I was thankful he flew away after his exhaustive escapades!

      Reply
  2. InTolerant Chef
    May 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I just adore these type of spring rolls, they are so fresh and delicious. The mango is such a great inclusion indeed- yummo!
    What lovely little photos of the hummingbird too :)

    Reply
    • Laurie Barrie
      May 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, mango is quite yummy in them! I felt lucky being able to capture a few images of that little hummingbird in my hubby’s hand. A rare treat for sure!

      Reply
  3. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
    May 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Your spring rolls are amazingly beautiful! That hummingbird is too cute! They are interesting little creatures! Glad you guys got him out! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

    Reply

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