You’ve seen them at the store or at various restaurants, and perhaps you’ve even eaten them before.

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But have you ever made them?

Spring Rolls are actually quite simple to make. Simply fill them with your favorite vegetables, herbs, and meat; roll; and eat!

Spring rolls

Homemade Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

~These rolls are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free! 

Spring Roll Ingredients 

  • Rice Paper Rolls (found in the ethnic aisle of your grocery store or specialty foods store, or at asian markets)
  • The following fruits and vegetables. You may use whatever you like when stuffing it. The following is simply a suggestion:
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots
    • Fruit (like mango or pear)
    • Avocado
    • Bean Sprouts
    • Herbs: cilantro, basil, or mint
    • Optional: Cooked meat or fish

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1. Prepare your filling ingredients by thinly slicing, or julienning, the vegetables. Pluck the herb’s leaves.

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2. Fill a large bowl with warm water (not hot, just warm). Take a Rice Paper and dip the entire sheet into the bowl of water and pull out immediately. The Rice Paper may still feel hard now, but it will soften up while you work with it.

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3. Place your ingredients on the middle of the rice paper sheet. Put a good amount of the filling in, but make sure there are still a couple inches around the edges to roll. I learned from my first couple tries that more is not always better.

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4. Fold the top part of the Rice Paper sheet over the ingredients.

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5. Fold the sides over the middle.

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6. Tuck in the fillings, and roll the rest tightly.

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7. Seal the rice paper with a dab of water, if needed. Repeat the above with the rest of your rice paper sheets.

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Spicy Peanut Sauce

~This sauce is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons Tamari or Soy Sauce (Note: Soy Sauce is made with wheat, so it will not be gluten-free. Most Tamari sauces are. I recommend Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.)
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, or more to taste

Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined and serve as dipping sauce for Spring Rolls. This can also be used for stir-frys, or as a dressing for salads.

***NOTE: For those who are allergic to peanuts, try substituting almond butter to make a Spicy Almond Sauce. Or forgo the sauce altogether, and simply dip the rolls in soy sauce.

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Don’t be scared by the long list of steps, because it is not hard at all! It is simply a process of slicing veggies, rolling, and dipping in sauce. Then, of course, you eat.

Can be served for lunch or dinner, or grab one for a quick snack. I like to think of them as salads in portable form.

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Definitely make extra peanut sauce to save for later and put on….everything.

THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:

Have you tried Spring Rolls before? If so, do you like them?

How is the weather in your neck of the woods? I thought fall was finally coming to us, but it has been mid-90s everyday this week! Oh well, I guess I’m going to have to wait a bit longer to share with you my pumpkin recipes

P.S. My first Photo was featured on FoodGawker! Check it out HERE. 

 

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23 Responses to How to Make Homemade Spring Rolls

  1. Colline says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! My family loves spring rolls and will enjoy this.

  2. I always wanted to make spring rolls but never knew how to fold those little papers! Thank you for the pictures and step by steps on that.

    I’m holding off on the fall foods as long as I can too. I love them, but summer foods will be gone too soon!

  3. Now that you ask I’m not sure I’ve ever ordered or even had spring rolls! Just curious if you use the rice papers for any other recipes? I’m hesitant to buy a whole package, but do they last a while? Congrats on foodgawk! Your photos are looking better and better, every time you post :) I’m making your pumpkin spice loaf today eeeee! Can’t wait!

    • Definitely try them! But, no, I haven’t really used them in any other recipes. I’ve seen some people simply use them for other wraps. Or you can make egg rolls out of them by pan-searing them or baking. The thing is, they are so darn cheap and never go bad (ok, they might eventually….like in a few years). I got a huge package of them for like $2.

      And I hope your pumpkin bread baking goes wellllll :D

  4. beautiful!!! and love the photos!
    we have never made spring rolls before though we enjoy them from time to time in stores or restaurants, but we love making things homemade :)

  5. omg i always get these at restaurants bcuz they are so good! thank you so much for making a recipe! :D

  6. These look so fresh and delicious, totally trying this! I could probably just eat the peanut sauce with a spoon :)

  7. I have rice paper in my cupboard, but honestly have been too intimidated to use them to make spring rolls! I might just do that now :D

  8. yummm! i have rice paper at my house for some reason so now i know what to do with it!

  9. This is such an informative tutorial! I never would have thought about making my own spring rolls!

  10. Always have this at restaurants as a starter! It’s getting hotter here in Sydney :) Spring is finally here!

  11. Ruthie says:

    I have had one of these since I had to give up sugar as I always used sweet chilli sauce but the spicy peanut sauce sounds yummy so these will definitely be back on the menu! Thank you :)

  12. I love spring rolls but haven’t been brave enough to try making them myself yet. I think I’m always worried that the skin will break as it looks so thin! But you have inspired me to give it a shot – and that peanut sauce looks YUMahhyy.

  13. Spring rolls (or salad rolls as I’ve seen them named) are amazing!! I have 2 different sizes of rice paper wraps at home… It’s just a long process to make em so it’s been a while. These look great, especially your PB sauce.

  14. I used to make spring rolls all the time when I was 18/19. I have the wraps in the pantry but haven’t pulled them out in ages. Maybe I need new ones before I get started :S ahaha

  15. Kris says:

    Hello YUM! These look fantastic!! I have never bought the rice paper before to make these, but I should. I make veggie wraps all the time ;)

    xxoo

  16. My family loves spring rolls! This is so cool! :D

  17. Murdercakes says:

    This looks easy and tasty, especially the peanut sauce! (I love peanut sauce) :)

  18. […] For the dipping sauce, I used Alex’s Spicy Peanut Sauce.  […]

  19. Emily says:

    I love this recipe! I found a soy sauce that is gluten free though. It is San-j brand found in the ethnic isle at the grocery store.

  20. Susan says:

    I am having difficulties. When I click on a picture, it wont load the pictures but the recipes do load. However I wanted to try this recipe and can’t see the pictures. :(

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