Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls are perfect summer food that’s made with fresh crunchy vegetables, soft vermicelli noodles, and cooked shrimp. These homemade rolls are so light and refreshing yet the noodles still give it just enough filling to keep you satisfied. It’s a great healthy option that you can easily make at home using all of your favorite ingredients.
This Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe can be eaten as an appetizer or a full meal. There are many options for the dipping sauces, but for my recipe, I have a quick version of a sweet chili dipping sauce that I often use especially if I’m crunched for time.
What are the best Spring Rolls ingredients?
The beauty of this Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe is the versatility of it using a few ingredients you can find mostly at a regular grocery store. With Spring Rolls, you can easily adapt the ingredients for your vegetarian friends. You can easily make vegetable spring rolls! For my recipe though, I use shrimp with fresh vegetables and lightly seasoned vermicelli noodles to complete my perfect summer rolls.
Options for Spring Roll fillings:
- Grilled pork, beef, chicken, shrimp
- Roasted chicken, turkey, or ham
- Cooked tofu, tempeh, or seitan
- Vegetables-carrots, zucchini,
- Fruits-apple, kiwis, pears, peaches, any fruit that you can slice thin and long
- Edible flowers- (make sure they are edibles before eating!) (:
My go-to ingredients for my Vietnamese Spring rolls are in the picture above. Those are cooked thin rice vermicelli noodles, cucumber, carrots, bean sprouts, romaine or butter lettuce, Thai basil, mint, cilantro, and cooked shrimp. These items can be easily substituted or omitted if you do not like them. So play around with what tastes good to you!
My favorite brands of vermicelli noodles are pictured below. I buy them from my local Asian market. Try to pick the thinnest noodles if possible as they are less chewy tasting when used in Spring rolls.
Are Vietnamese Spring Rolls healthy?
Yes, Spring Rolls are healthy! Most of it. All the fresh vegetables and minimal usage of oil and sugar make Vietnamese a great healthy option for a light and refreshing meal. The Spring Roll wrappers and cooked vermicelli noodles are made from rice flour and have carbs in them, but it has a small amount of it that still keeps you satisfied but not overly full like a heavy rice dish. You can always omit the noodles and just fill up your rolls with all vegetables and shrimp if desired!
Just be mindful of the delicious dipping sauce though as those can pack some hidden calories in there.
What is the difference between Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls?
Egg rolls and Spring rolls use very similar ingredients and it’s easy to confuse them if you are not familiar with them. The difference between egg rolls and spring rolls is that egg rolls are deep-fried while Spring Rolls are not and can be eaten mostly raw. Think of it this way, “Spring” Rolls equals fresh and light while “Egg” Rolls, need to be cooked before eating. Granted, the protein used in Spring rolls needs cooking too but it’s usually boiled, steamed, or grilled.
Sweet dipping sauce for Summer Rolls
There are many versions of dipping sauces for Spring rolls. Some use peanut sauce, some with fish sauce and lime juice, some with hoisin sauce, and some are eaten plain! The options are many, but my quick go-to sauce is the Sweet dipping sauce pre-made in a glass bottle but I jazz it up a bit with my own twist. I add chopped cilantro, carrots, rice wine vinegar or lime juice, and some water, and I’m set. Here is my favorite brand of sweet chili sauce for my Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
How to make Spring Rolls from scratch?
Vietnamese Spring Rolls take a little time to gather ingredients, prep, and assemble together, but once all those steps are done, you can usually put a few pieces together pretty quickly. You do need a flat surface to place all the ingredients nearby to help make the rolls quicker. I normally have two large dinner plates next to each other for my spring rolls. I use one plate for wrapping the rolls, one for placing the finished ones on. Have a roll of paper towels handy- dampen the towel just enough to cover the finished rolls so they don’t dry out too quickly while you finish rolling the rest. You’ll also need a large bowl of warm water to dip the spring roll wrappers in to soften the texture for rolling. Have your ingredients in one large platter nearby for quick reach and you’ll be all set to get started!
That's it for how to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls! They are perfect as appetizers for dinner parties, a potluck, or any gatherings at any time of the year. The problem is, they are so good, your guests may not have room for the main course. (:
Let’s grab these ingredients for my Vietnamese Spring Rolls recipe and get ready to have a new favorite appetizer!
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Summer doesn’t seem complete if these shrimp summer rolls aren’t made to enjoy with your friends and family. So get going with rounding up all your favorite vegetables and let’s make some delicious rolls before the summer is over. Enjoy your delicious Shrimp Summer Rolls and let me know how they turned out by leaving comments and a review below!