Fresh Spring Rolls

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Fresh Spring Rolls are a healthy, light snack you can whip up in no time. Read on to find out how to make this delicious recipe.

Three fresh spring rolls cut in half on a bed of lettuce

Fresh Spring Rolls

These Fresh Spring Rolls are a light and tasty snack for any occasion. I love the crunchy veggies, the cold noodles, and the flavorful herbs. They are fun to make because depending on what ingredients you have on hand, they can be a little different each time. Even my kids love to help me roll these up!

Ingredients

Fresh Spring Rolls are typically made with rice paper wrappers and filled with vegetables, rice noodles, meat or seafood, and herbs. Our fresh spring roll recipe uses these ingredients:

  • Spring Roll Rice Paper Wrappers
  • Rice Vermicelli Noodles
  • Carrots, Peppers, Baby Cucumbers, and Green Onions
  • Cilantro, Basil or Thai Basil, and Mint Leaves
  • Butter Lettuce Leaves

Additionally, there are a lot of other filling ingredients in Vietnamese fresh spring roll recipes. Add any of these to our simple recipe!

  • Red Cabbage
  • Avocado
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Jalapeños
  • Tofu
  • Beef, Pork, Shrimp, or Chicken thinly sliced
fresh spring rolls before it is wrapped up

Peanut Dipping Sauce

This dipping sauce is so good, I could literally eat it with a spoon. It also makes these fresh spring rolls 100x better. It comes together so quickly and you likely have a lot of the ingredients on hand. You make the sauce with peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey or maple syrup, garlic, sriracha, water, and also chopped peanuts. Add everything to a bowl and then whisk everything together and you are good to go! If you make it ahead of time, store it in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap until you are ready to serve. When you take it out of the fridge, you may have to water it down. Stir it will and then use a little bit of milk, water, fresh lime juice, or hoisin sauce to thin it out to the right consistency.

Working with Rice Paper Wrappers

Rice paper wrappers, lettuce, matchstick veggies, fresh herbs, and rice noodles all laid out on the counter for fresh spring rolls

The rice paper wrappers come dried. You have to submerged them in water to soften them enough to wrap. Fill a shallow dish like a pie plate with lukewarm water. Then, quickly dip the whole wrapper in the water and then put it down where you are going to fill it. It will soften as you place your fillings down. If you leave it in the water too long, then it will become too soggy and it will fold back on itself.

What is the difference between springs rolls and fresh spring rolls?

The nomenclature of spring rolls is a little confusing because it means different things in different Asian cuisines. This recipe can be classified as fresh spring rolls or even as summer rolls. Spring rolls can also sometimes be fried. Fresh spring rolls are not fried.

What is the difference between egg rolls and spring rolls?

Spring rolls are wrapped in a thinner wrapper and are filled with fresh veggies. Egg rolls are made with a thicker wrapper and have more savory and cooked meat and veggies.

More Light and Tasty Snacks

If you like these Fresh Spring Rolls, then try some of our other light and tasty snacks!

  • Fruit Salsa Fruit Salsa is a fresh and sweet salsa served with crispy cinnamon chips. This snack comes together in minutes and your whole family will love it! 
  • Banana Ice CreamBanana ice cream is a healthy frozen treat that is almost too good to be true. Why eat a plain banana when you can make it into ice cream?
  • Veggie Pizza SquaresEasy Veggie Pizza Squares make the most delicious appetizer or snack. The creamy spread is so tasty with the crunchy vegetables and soft crust.
  • Roasted Red Pepper HummusThis roasted red pepper hummus is way better than store-bought hummus and you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost! Spicy and also flavorful, you’re going to love it!

How to Make Fresh Spring Rolls

Three wrapped fresh spring rolls on a plate next to a bowl of peanut sauce

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls are a healthy, light snack you can whip up in no time. Read on to find out how to make this delicious recipe.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 10 spring roll wrappers
  • 8 ounces rice noodles cooked according to package directions
  • 2 carrots julienne cut
  • 1 red bell pepper julienne cut
  • 2 cucumbers julienne cut
  • 4 green onions cut into strips
  • 10 leaves butter lettuce
  • mint leaves, cilantro leaves, and basil leaves

For the Peanut Sauce

Instructions

  • Prepare the peanut sauce by mixing together all the ingredients in a bowl. Let chill in the fridge while you prepare the spring rolls.
    A bowl of peanut dipping sauce topped with chopped peanuts
  • Prepare your rolling station on top of a cutting board or damp paper towel. Fill a shallow dish, like a pie dish, with water for the wrappers.
    Rice paper wrappers, lettuce, matchstick veggies, fresh herbs, and rice noodles all laid out on the counter
  • Quickly dunk the spring roll wrapper into the water and place on your work surface. Layer lettuce, rice noodles, cilantro, mint, basil, and veggies on top of the wrapper.
    A fresh spring roll before it is wrapped up
  • Roll the spring roll like you would roll a burrito, tucking the ends in. Serve immediately with peanut dipping sauce.
    Three fresh spring rolls cut in half on a bed of lettuce

Nutrition Information

Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 9gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 859mgPotassium: 353mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 3002IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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