Vietnamese-Style Salad Rolls

This is a delicious and refreshing idea for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Unlike you and me, the kids have not actually eaten themselves into dazed regret, so why they should crave something fresh and salady — with green stuff they don't even usually like — is beyond me. But they do. You'll see.

Hands-On Time: 25 minutes
Ready In: 25 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

    2 ounces cellophane noodles (at Asian markets or in the ethnic-food aisle of most supermarkets)
    1 head soft-leafed lettuce, such as Bibb or butter, leaves separated, washed, and dried
    2 cups shredded cooked turkey
    2 cups veggies, such as shredded cabbage, grated carrots, or cold leftover cooked green beans
    1 cup whole fresh herb leaves (mint, cilantro, and/or basil)
    1/3 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
    1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Directions

  1. Remove gizzards from chicken cavity, and set aside.
  2. Cover the noodles with hot tap water in a small bowl, then set aside for 15 minutes while you arrange the lettuce, turkey, veggies, herbs, and chopped peanuts in bowls or on plates. Your children can help you with this: Mine like to pull the herb leaves off their stems, dry the lettuce in the spinner, and lay everything on a large platter. That is, when they're not too busy prodding the cellophane noodles, which have turned as slippery and transparent as a jellyfish; drain them well, then use clean scissors to cut them into 2-inch lengths and add them to the arrangement.
  3. To make the sauce, whisk together the peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of hot water until smooth, then whisk in the soy sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice.
  4. To assemble a roll, show your child how to put a lettuce leaf on her plate and pile the ingredients in a little heap across its middle, topping it with peanuts and a spoonful of sauce, then folding the sides in and rolling the leaf up around the filling, cigar style. Don't let go — just devour the whole thing straight away or it will fall to pieces.

What's Good for You
Your kids might think "pasta" when they see cellophane noodles, but there's no flour involved. The noodles are actually made from the starch of green mung beans (share that tidbit at your own risk).

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