Make Some Veggie Spring Rolls
It is a great time of year to make some vegetarian spring rolls and enjoy some of the spring veggies that are available this season! The more colorful the better. These are the fresh spring rolls that are uncooked not the ones that are not fried. Although sometimes the fried ones are spring rolls also.
The first time that I was introduced to these delicious Thai or Vietnamese fresh veggie rolls was in Saint Louis on the Delmar Loop and later Vietnamese fresh spring rolls on South Grand near where I went to graduate school at Saint Louis University.
These rolls are vegan and contain protein from the tofu, veggies and rice noodles/wrappers. You can also add fruit. If you eat fish, that can also be quite tasty!
These rolls are also low in fodmap and gluten-free. I love them for their fresh taste but am also thankful that they are also good for me!
Veggie Spring Roll Recipe
Thai Vegetarian Spring Rolls
You can add any combination of fresh veggies that are in season or choose your veggies based on the colors. We got our rice wrappers and noodles at a local Asian grocery store. I love the rainbow of colors in these rolls!
Here are the veggies that I used in my vegetarian spring rolls.
Make approximately 12 veggie spring rolls.
Thinly sliced red cabbage
Thai or other fresh basil
Thinly sliced cucumber (peeled and seeded)
Thinly sliced red bell peppers
Thinly sliced carrots
Thinly sliced uncooked tofu
Cooked Premium Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli
Vietnamese Rice Wrappers/papers
Wash and prep vegetables. I like to put them on a tray so I have everything conveniently located while I wrap the veggie spring rolls.
To cook rice vermicelli: get water boiling and cook for 6-8 minutes. Stir periodically to prevent sticking. Drain and rinse in a colander in cold water. I used about half a pack of noodles. (so I can make more next time)
Take a shallow bowl and add warm water to soak and soften each to soak each wrapper/paper.
I also include a dishcloth to roll these Thai Vegetarian Spring Rolls. This works better for me than a tray where I tend to get the soft rice wrapper/paper stuck all over everything. The dish cloth allows me to roll the veggie spring roll without sticking.
Other delicious veggie spring roll variation ideas:
Try some kale or collard spring roll with sliced avocado, fresh pineapple chunks, fresh mint and mung bean sprouts. Add sliced almonds and substitute almond butter instead of peanut butter in sauce.
Another fun idea is thinly sliced romaine, mango, alfalfa sprouts, purple basil and seasoned baked tempeh. Top with a jerk sauce and top with toasted coconut.
You can also add edible flowers like pansies or nasturtiums in your veggie spring rolls which would make them extremely beautiful also.
If you eat fish, you can include some steamed shrimp or some salmon inside of them also.
Nuoc Cham Peanut Sauce
Fresh veggie spring rolls are also served with nuoc cham sauce which is a Vietnamese condiment served with many foods. They are also often served with a peanut sauce. I have made a sauce inspired by both sauces so I can enjoy all the flavors!
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar
Water if needed to get to the right consistency
Chopped peanuts, chopped green onions, and cilantro for possible garnishes.
Main Dishes to Pair with a Veggie Spring Roll
Although, these spring rolls can be eaten all by their selves as a snack or light meal, they also can be paired with some delicious meals. Here are a few delicious main dishes that you can pair with these vegetarian spring rolls:
First, for a totally cool summer meal, try a veggie spring roll with a Vietnamese Bun which is not really a bun at all but a salad.
Pad Thai is also a great pair for a fresh veggie roll!
I also long them with an eggplant and tofu stir fry or bowl.
Enjoy Making Some Vegetarian Spring Rolls
I hope that you will love making and eating these veggies spring rolls! As an Asheville nutritionist and registered dietitian, in addition to nutrition expertise, I also share my love of food with my clients. Having some ideas for easy to make, good things to eat help goes a long way to help us eat healthier.
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