Fresh Spring Rolls

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Appetizer, side dish, snack, light Meal Vietnamese, Thai
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes 6-8 Rolls
Prep Time: 30 Minutes Cooking Time: NA Total Time: ~30 Minutes

Fresh Spring Rolls are simple to prepare and easy to customize. Fresh flavors come together to create a healthy light meal or snack.


  • 1-2 Carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2-1 Cucumber, seeded and julienned
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Rice Vermicelli
  • Fresh Herbs like, Basil, Cilantro and Mint
  • Protein, like cooked Chicken, Cooked Shrimp, Tofu or pan-fried Spam
  • Rice Paper Wrappers
  • Options: Bean Sprouts, Cabbage
  • Peanut Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, pressed or grated
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. Water, as needed



Fill a shallow dish or pie plate with water and place a rice paper wrapper in the water, one rice sheet at a time. It only takes about 10-20 seconds for the rice paper wrapper to soften. You only want to let it sit in the water until it's pliable, if it gets too soft, it will tear and be generally uncooperative.


Spread the softened rice paper wrapper flat on your work surface. Then, start with the lettuce leaf, placed horizontally along the bottom third of the rice wrapper.


Then top the lettuce leaf with veggies and the rice vermicelli. Top with the fresh herbs.


Tuck your protein along the top edge of the veggies.


Fold the bottom of the wrapper over the veggie filling.


Then fold each side over to make an envelope.


Take the bottom and tightly (but not too tightly!), roll the bottom up and over itself. Keep rolling until the top third of the wrapper is wrapped over the roll.


Place the rolls on a sheet of parchment while you assemble and roll the remaining rolls.


Serve with the peanut sauce.


The Fresh Rolls keep well overnight, covered in the fridge.

Peanut Sauce


Stir all ingredients (except water) together in a small bowl.


Then add water, one tablespoon at a time, to thin out the sauce to desired consistency.