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Loaded with the vibrant flavors of Vietnamese cuisine, this Salad Roll Recipe (often referred to as Vietnamese spring rolls or fresh spring rolls) is not only a delightful treat but also quick and easy to make. Perfect for summer picnics, a light lunch, family gatherings, or even a simple appetizer for your next dinner party, these rolls are sure to impress.

Photo of salad rolls on a grey plate with peanut dipping sauce.

❤️ Why You Will Love This Salad Roll Recipe

Bursting with Freshness

One of the standout features of Vietnamese salad rolls is their undeniable freshness. Each bite is a symphony of fresh vegetables, herbs, and rice noodles. The combination of butter lettuce, fresh mint, and basil offers a refreshing taste that’s hard to beat. Plus, the addition of bean sprouts gives that delightful crunch in every bite.

Versatile and Customizable

The beauty of these salad rolls is that they’re incredibly adaptable. Whether you’re a fan of shredded chicken, thinly sliced red pepper, or even edible flowers for a gourmet touch, you can tailor them to your liking. If you’re aiming for a gluten-free appetizer, this recipe has got you covered. The rice paper wrappers are naturally gluten-free, making them a fantastic choice for those with dietary restrictions.

A Culinary Experience

Rolling these beauties might require some rolling skills initially, but once you get the hang of the rolling technique, it’s like a fun culinary art project. The translucent rice paper sheets showcase the vibrant colors of the filling ingredients, making them as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the palate.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Whether it’s a casual summer get-together or a more formal dinner party, these vegan salad rolls fit right in. They’re light, yet satisfying, and their presentation is sure to wow your guests. Plus, with the accompanying peanut dipping sauce, they’re a complete package of flavor and texture.

Nutrient-Packed

Not only is this fresh spring roll recipe delicious, but it’s also packed with nutrients. Fresh vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, while the peanut sauce offers a dose of protein and polyunsaturated fat. It’s a tasty way to get a health boost!

🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

Rice Vermicelli Noodles

These thin noodles, often made from rice flour, are a staple in Vietnamese cuisine. They add a delightful texture to the rolls and are a great source of energy. If you’re looking to switch things up, you can try using soba noodles or even spaghetti squash for a low-carb alternative.

Coconut Milk (Optional for Noodles)

Using coconut milk to cook the vermicelli noodles gives them a rich and creamy texture. If you’re not a fan or don’t have it on hand, simply cook the noodles in water as per the package directions.

Rice Paper Wrappers

The translucent rice paper wrappers hold all the delicious ingredients together. They’re light, slightly chewy, and gluten-free. If you’re in a pinch and can’t find them, you could use lettuce leaves for a different take on the roll, though the experience will be a bit different.

Fresh Vegetables

Red chili, green onion, avocado, red bell pepper, cucumber, and carrot add crunch, flavor, and a burst of color to the rice paper rolls. Feel free to get creative here! Add thinly sliced mango for a sweet touch or even some shredded purple cabbage for added crunch.

Fresh Herbs: Basil and Mint

These herbs elevate the flavor profile of the salad rolls. Fresh basil adds a sweet and slightly spicy touch, while mint offers a refreshing kick. If you don’t have these on hand, you can experiment with fresh cilantro or even parsley.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

This peanut sauce is a game-changer! Made with natural peanut butter, it’s creamy, savory, and has a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. If you’re allergic to peanuts, almond or cashew butter can be a good alternative. For a soy-free version, replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos or tamari. For more tips and tricks on this peanut sauce, check out our Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe!

🥣 How to Make Vietnamese Salad Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

1. Preparing the Noodles:

Begin with the vermicelli noodles. Cooking them in coconut milk is a delightful twist that adds a creamy richness. However, if you’re going for the traditional route, just follow the package instructions. Once cooked, a quick toss with sesame oil prevents them from sticking together and adds a subtle nutty flavor.

2. Assembling the Rolls:

The fun part! Start by softening the fresh Vietnamese spring roll wrappers in warm water, one at a time. Remember, they can get too soft if left for too long, so about 30 seconds to a minute is just right. Once ready, lay the rice paper sheet flat on a dampened plate. Now, it’s time to layer your ingredients. Begin with the chili slices for a hint of heat, followed by the aromatic noodles. Then, pile on the fresh vegetables, ensuring a good mix of colors and textures. A squeeze of fresh lime juice over the top adds a zesty punch.

When rolling the rice wrapper, fold the bottom in first, then the sides, then roll upwards, ensuring everything is snugly wrapped.

3. Crafting the Peanut Dipping Sauce:

This sauce is the perfect accompaniment to the fresh rolls. Combining the creamy peanut butter with the savory notes of soy sauce, the sweetness of maple syrup, and the tang of rice vinegar creates a balanced flavor profile. The addition of spices like chili powder, ginger powder, and garlic powder gives it a kick. Blend everything together, adding water as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Remember, the sauce should be smooth enough for dipping but not too runny.

Other sauces to try are Nuoc Cham (made with fish sauce, delicious!) and if you’re pressed for time, hoisin sauce with a dash of sriracha is divine.

4. Presentation:

Once your rolls are ready, place them on a serving plate with the peanut dipping sauce on the side. Garnish with some fresh herbs or edible flowers for an extra touch of elegance. And there you have it, a plate of delicious Vietnamese salad rolls ready to be devoured! 

Overhead photo of salad rolls on a grey plate with peanut dipping sauce.

🫙 Storage Instructions

Keeping the Rolls Fresh

If you find yourself with leftover Vietnamese salad rolls, you’ll want to ensure they remain as fresh as possible. Place them in a single layer on a tray or plate, ensuring they aren’t touching each other to prevent sticking. Cover them gently with a damp paper towel, followed by plastic wrap or cling wrap. This method helps retain the moisture of the rice paper and keeps the rolls from drying out.

Refrigeration is Key

Always store your leftover salad rolls in the refrigerator. They can last for up to two days when stored properly. However, for the best flavor and texture, it’s recommended to consume them within 24 hours. The fresh herbs and vegetables inside the rolls are best enjoyed when they’re still crisp.

Storing and Rejuvenating the Peanut Dipping Sauce:

Store the peanut dipping sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Note: the Vietnamese peanut sauce can thicken when refrigerated. Before serving, you might want to give it a good stir and possibly add a splash of warm water to bring it back to its original consistency. If the sauce seems too diluted, a quick blend with a touch more peanut butter can do the trick.

Enjoying Leftovers

When you’re ready to enjoy your stored salad rolls, take them out of the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the rice paper to soften slightly, making them more palatable. Pair them with the rejuvenated peanut dipping sauce, and you’re set for another delightful meal!

🪄 Recipe Notes & Tips

Working with the Rice Paper Wrapper

Handling rice paper wrappers can be a bit tricky at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time. Always use a large bowl with warm water to soften the rice paper sheets. Make sure to use warm water or cold water as opposed to hot water which can soften the wrappers a bit too much. If the rice wrappers tear, don’t fret! You can either double wrap with another sheet or start fresh. A damp paper towel, damp plate, or wet cutting board can provide the perfect work surface for assembling your rolls, preventing the rice paper from sticking.

Customizing Your Filling

The beauty of these salad rolls is their adaptability. Feel free to add shrimp, tofu, or even thinly sliced grilled chicken for added protein. If you’re a fan of spicy flavors, increase the number of red chili slices in the salad roll or add a dash of sriracha to the peanut dipping sauce. Remember, the key is to maintain a balance of flavors and textures.

Rolling Technique

Achieving a tight roll might take a few tries, but it’s worth the effort. Start by placing your filling ingredients in the center, leaving ample space on the left and right sides. Fold the bottom part over the filling, then fold in the sides, and roll upwards. The goal is to create a tight roll that holds all the ingredients securely.

Serving Suggestions:

While these Vietnamese salad rolls are delicious on their own, they can be elevated with some additional sides. Consider serving them alongside a fresh salad, a bowl of pho, or even some grilled meats for a complete meal. And always remember, the fresher the ingredients, the better the taste!

Dipping a salad roll in vegan peanut sauce in a white bowl.

🍽️ What Can I Serve With Salad Rolls?

Light and Refreshing Salads:

Vietnamese salad rolls are light and fresh, making them a perfect pairing with salads. Consider a tangy green papaya salad, a cucumber salad with a hint of sesame oil and lime juice, or a Pickled Beet Salad. These salads not only complement the flavors of the homemade summer rolls but also add a refreshing touch to the entire meal.

Hearty Soups:

For those looking to create a more filling meal, pairing these salad rolls with a hearty soup can be a delightful choice. A bowl of traditional Vietnamese pho or Chicken Ramen, with its aromatic broth and tender slices of meat, can be a wonderful accompaniment. Alternatively, a coconut-based soup like Tom Kha Gai or Tom Kha Goong can also be a delicious pairing, offering a creamy contrast to the fresh rolls.

Grilled Meats and Seafood:

If you’re hosting a summer barbecue or a dinner party, grilled meats and seafood can be a fantastic side to these traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. Grilled shrimp, marinated chicken skewers, or even a piece of grilled fish can elevate the dining experience. The smoky flavors from the grill combined with the freshness of the salad rolls create a harmonious blend of tastes.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these salad rolls vegan?

They already are vegan! For added protein, consider tofu or tempeh.

Is there an alternative to peanut dipping sauce for those with allergies?

Yes, you can make a similar dipping sauce using almond or cashew butter. Alternatively, a tamarind-based sauce or a simple soy-lime dressing can also be delicious.

Can I prepare the filling ingredients ahead of time?

Certainly! Prepping the vegetables and herbs in advance can save time. Just ensure they’re stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

How do I prevent the rice paper from tearing while rolling?

Ensure the rice paper is not overly soaked. Working on a damp surface and being gentle yet firm with your rolling technique can also help prevent tears.

Can I add fruits to the salad rolls?

Yes, adding fruits like mango or pineapple can introduce a sweet and tangy flavor to these vegetarian salad rolls, offering a delightful contrast.

Is it essential to use both basil and mint in the recipe?

While both herbs add unique flavors, you can choose to use just one or the other, or cilantro based on your preference or availability.

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Easy Salad Rolls

Bethany Galloway
This Salad Roll Recipe is not only a delightful treat but also quick and easy to make. Perfect for summer picnics, a light lunch, family gatherings, or even a simple appetizer for your next dinner party, these rolls are sure to impress.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces & Condiments
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the noodles:

  • 4 oz thin vermicelli noodles
  • 2 cups coconut milk or coconut beverage or water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For the rolls:

  • 8 rice paper wrappers
  • 1 red chili thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1/2 carrot grated
  • 1 fresh lime cut into wedges
  • fresh basil leaves 2-3 per roll, to taste
  • fresh mint leaves 2-3 per roll, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • lettuce 2-3 leaves per roll, to taste

Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter smooth or crunchy, see note 1 for alternatives
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce see note 2 for alternatives
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup see note 3 for alternatives
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder see note 4
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons water see note 7

Instructions
 

For the Noodles

  • Cook the vermicelli noodles as per the package instructions, or cook them in 1 can of coconut milk, plus water as needed.
    Vermicelli cooking in coconut milk.
  • Drain the noodles and toss them with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.
    Adding sesame oil to vermicelli noodles.

For the Rolls

  • Place 1 rice paper in a bowl of water and let it sit for about 30 seconds-1 minute. Don’t leave it too long or it will be difficult to work with.
    Rice paper wrapper in a bowl of water.
  • Grab a plate and lightly dampen the surface.
    Wetting a grey plate with water.
  • Place the rice paper flat on the plate, smoothing out the edges as necessary. Place another sheet of rice paper in the bowl of water.
  • Lay 3 sliced of chili pepper in the middle of the rice paper.
    Placing sliced chilis on top of the rice paper wrapper.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of the vermicelli noodles.
    Placing noodles in the rice paper wrapper.
  • Add the green onions, avocado, red bell pepper, cucumber, and carrot. Place a 2-3 fresh basil leaves and 2-3 fresh mint leaves on top, and then add a few bean sprouts and lettuce leaves.
    Adding vegetables on top of the noodles in the rice paper wrapper.
  • Squeeze a wedge of lime over it all.
    Squeezing lime over the vegetables in the rice paper roll.
  • Roll the summer roll up by folding the side closest to you up over the ingredients first.
    Rolling the bottom of the salad roll up over the ingredients.
  • Then fold over each side.
    Folding in the sides of the salad roll.
  • Then roll it over the top of the rice paper.
    Rolling the salad roll up to the top.
  • Repeat with a second rice paper wrapper if desired.

For The Peanut Sauce

  • Add everything except the water to a blender or food processor and blend until it is completely mixed, scraping the sides down occasionaly. Note: if you add crunchy peanut butter, you may want to blend it a little longer to make it smoother.
    Thai peanut sauce ingredients in a blender.
  • Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to blend until it’s the right consistency for dipping.
    Adding water to peanut sauce in a blender.
  • Serve it as is, or garnish with toasted sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, crushed peanuts, or green onions if desired.
    Overhead photo of Vegan Thai Peanut Sauce.

Notes

  1. Working with the Rice Paper Wrapper: Handling rice paper wrappers can be a bit tricky at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time. Always use a large bowl with warm water to soften the rice paper sheets. Make sure to use warm water or cold water as opposed to hot water which can soften the wrappers a bit too much. If the rice wrappers tear, don’t fret! You can either double wrap with another sheet or start fresh. A damp paper towel, damp plate, or wet cutting board can provide the perfect work surface for assembling your rolls, preventing the rice paper from sticking.
  2. Customizing Your Filling: Feel free to add shrimp, tofu, or even thinly sliced grilled chicken for added protein. If you’re a fan of spicy flavors, increase the number of red chili slices in the salad roll or add a dash of sriracha to the peanut dipping sauce. Remember, the key is to maintain a balance of flavors and textures.
  3. Rolling Technique: Achieving a tight roll might take a few tries, but it’s worth the effort. Start by placing your filling ingredients in the center, leaving ample space on the left and right sides. Fold the bottom part over the filling, then fold in the sides, and roll upwards. The goal is to create a tight roll that holds all the ingredients securely.
  4. Keeping the Rolls Fresh: If you find yourself with leftover Vietnamese salad rolls or you want to serve them later, you’ll want to ensure they remain as fresh as possible. Place them in a single layer on a tray or plate, ensuring they aren’t touching each other to prevent sticking. Cover them gently with a damp paper towel, followed by plastic wrap or cling wrap. This method helps retain the moisture of the rice paper and keeps the rolls from drying out.
  5. Leftovers Storage: Always store your leftover salad rolls in the refrigerator. They can last for up to two days when stored properly. However, for the best flavor and texture, it’s recommended to consume them within 24 hours. The fresh herbs and vegetables inside the rolls are best enjoyed when they’re still crisp.
  6. Storing and Reviving the Peanut Dipping Sauce: Store the peanut dipping sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Note: the Vietnamese peanut sauce can thicken when refrigerated. Before serving, you might want to give it a good stir and possibly add a splash of warm water to bring it back to its original consistency. If the sauce seems too diluted, a quick blend with a touch more peanut butter can do the trick.
  7. Enjoying Leftovers: When you’re ready to enjoy your stored salad rolls, take them out of the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the rice paper to soften slightly, making them more palatable. Pair them with the rejuvenated peanut dipping sauce, and you’re set for another delightful meal!

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 8gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1286IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
Keyword avocado dip, easy, peanut sauce, quick, side dish, Thai Peanut Sauce, Vegan Peanut Sauce
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