When John and I lived in Chicago (and were child-less), we often ventured the city streets looking for unique and delicious eats. It wasn’t too hard considering Chicago is a food mecca for incredible dining. We had so many good meals in that city, but there were a few restaurants and particular plates that will forever leave an impression with us both.
Shine was one place that we frequented for their amazing sushi and delicious appetizers. There was one app on their menu that rocked our worlds, the pan seared sea bass with a plum ginger sauce. As good as the the sea bass was, what really made the entire dish was sauce it came with. We dreamt about that sauce for weeks. John desperately asked me to try and recreate this, but every attempt was just not even close to what we tasted.
I’ve purchased a few bottled sauces since then, even though I really try and avoid buying bottled dressings because I think homemade versions taste a million times better, and I’ve been underwhelmed. A few weeks ago, a reader reached, Leah, reached out and asked if I would be interested in trying a few products from a company she works for called Wildtree. The company makes a wide range of products that are made with the finest and natural ingredients, many of them being USDA Organic. When I browsed through their online catalog, I knew I immediately wanted to try their Asian Ginger Plum Dressing and Marinade, hoping it resembled our Chicago favorite, even in the slightest.
The ingredient list is rather impressive, containing only natural and organic ingredients such as organic soy sauce and organic plums.
We’ve used this sauce a few times now, once as a marinade for chicken.
And also just as a dipping sauce, which was the vehicle behind my recipe for these Vegetable Summer Rolls.
I am all about trying to recreate new cuisine but I admit, Asian food scares me. I always think my at home versions don’t even come close to what I can get from a good Thai or Japanese restaurant. But tonight, we had a winner!
These Summer Rolls were light and refreshing, stuffed delicately with crisp vegetables. The real flavor here was definitely the sauce that was used to continuously dip our rolls in.
I was surprised at how easy these were to actually make. Sure, it does take a little bit of prep work, but not as much as you’d think. I decided to spiralize my veggies, but you can always slice them into thin sticks as most summer roll recipes indicate.
Vegetable Summer Rolls with Ginger Plum Sauce
Time: 10-15 minutes
- 4 Sheets of Spring Roll Rice Paper – I found this in my grocery’s international aisle
- 1 medium zucchini, spiralized or cut into thin strips
- 1 large carrot, spiralized or cut into thin strips
- 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1/2 cup torn basil
- Wildtree Asian Ginger Plum Dressing
- Prepare all of your veggies ahead of time and set aside.
- Take a large shallow bowl and fill it with warm water. Submerge your rice paper into the water for 10-15 seconds, until it softens.
- Remove the rice paper and transfer to a damp towel.
- Place 1/4 of the zucchini, carrot, cabbage and basil a third of the way down the rice paper.
- Fold the sides of the paper and tightly roll away from you. Place seam side down and cover with a damp paper towel until ready to serve.
- Repeat with remaining rice papers and ingredients.
Beautiful right? These make such a fun appetizer for your next party too, and one people can feel good about eating.
For the rest of the meal, I continued to make use of the delicious sauce by baking some tofu and tossing it with the sauce before serving.
Our entire meal was complete with grilled broccoli (my new favorite way to eat this vegetable) and cauliflower “rice” cooked in coconut oil.
While the dressing wasn’t quite the same as what we will always remember from Shine, it definitely was the best contender when it comes to bottled marinades.
I also picked out the Robust Tortilla Soup to try, but haven’t gotten around to creating something with this one yet. I’ll be sure to report back once I do though.
I know I’ve just showed you two products, but Wildtree has SO many interesting things that I’d love to try.
Check out Leah’s page to see them all and prepared to get lost in so many wonderful things. —> mywildtree.com/LeahKlein