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No Cook Rainbow Summer Rolls

summer rolls and peanut sauce on a while plate

Meet my favorite no-cook summer dinner recipe: Rainbow Veggie Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce! I wrap my favorite veggies and tofu in rice paper with fresh herbs like mint and basil and roll it into a log. Then I slice it in half and dunk – not dip, but generously dunk – into an easy homemade peanut sauce that tastes like fresh lime, lemongrass, ginger, and chili.

It’s a delicious combo, and making this light and refreshing meal for dinner means you won’t have to turn on the stove or oven. Ideal for hot summer evenings!

veggie summer rolls recipe with tofu

VEGAN FRIENDLY

Many of the recipes you’ll see for Summer Rolls contain seafood in the rolls or in the dipping sauce. My take on this traditional Vietnamese recipe is all vegan and can be customized according to your veggie preferences.

Feel free to use whatever fillings you like! I love the combo of cucumber, carrots, avocado, and store-bought teriyaki tofu. But traditional recipes like this one often add Vermicelli rice noodles to make these rolls a little more hearty and filling.

vegan summer rolls ingredients

HOW TO ROLL RICE PAPER

Rolling Summer Rolls might be a little intimidating at first but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it.

Tip: resit the urge to submerge the rice paper in water. Just a quick dip into a bowl of water is all it takes to soften the rice paper and make it pliable enough to roll.

These are the rice paper wrappers I used to make this recipe!

how to roll summer rolls rice paper

Another tip: cut your veggies into thin matchsticks and make sure they’re short enough to fit into the center of the rice paper wrapper without hanging out over the sides. Then secure them in place by tucking in the right side of the wrapper, and then the left.

Then lift the top piece and roll forward to create a log and press down firmly as you go.

And ta-daa! You’ve got a neat little package filled with crunchy veggies, marinated tofu, and fresh herbs that’s perfect for dipping!

vegan summer rolls with peanut sauce

Speaking of dipping, this easy peanut sauce is silky smooth and absolutely bursting with flavor! I combine red curry paste – which is a blend of incredible flavors like lemongrass, garlic, chili, lime, and kaffir lime leaves – and I spoon it into a bowl. I mix it up with peanut butter, lime juice, maple syrup, and a touch of water to thin it out and then just stir it up.

The result is a flavorful sauce that is delicious with these Rainbow Summer Rolls but it also makes a great oil-free salad dressing or veggie dip, and it’s delicious on grilled tofu or as a sauce for nourish bowls as well.

Bookmark or Pin this recipe so you can quickly and easily make this sauce any time. It’s so versatile!

WINE PAIRING

If you’re looking for a delicious wine paring, a crisp Gruner Veltliner or chilled Sauvignon Blanc are delicious options and really compliment the fresh flavors that basil, lime, and lemongrass bring to this dish.

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summer rolls and peanut sauce on a while plate

Rainbow Summer Rolls

Nicole Vranjican
Colorful veggie-packed rice paper rolls with homemade peanut dipping sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Plant Based, Vegan
Servings 8 rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 8 rice paper wrappers 6"
  • 1/2 cup carrots shredded
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber I like the texture of English Cucumbers for this but any kind will work!
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper or yellow squash thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado sliced
  • 14 oz teryikai baked tofu I use store bought, see Notes below for DIY options
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 16 mint leaves optional

Peanut Diping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter natural, salted
  • 1.5 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

Make the Sauce

  • Combine the peanut butter, curry paste, lime juice, water and maple syrup in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
    Tip: Room temp peanut butter is ideal for this. It makes it so much easier to mix! Also make sure your peanut butter only contains peanuts and salt. Some will have added sugar and oils and that won't taste the same.
  • Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Make the Summer Rolls

  • Soften one rice paper sheet at a time by dipping it in a shallow dish of warm water.
    Resist the urge to soak the rice paper. That will make it too soft and difficult to roll.
    Instead just place the rice paper in the bowl of water, flip, and then transfer to a flat surface like a plate or better, a non stick baking mat.
  • Next, place 2 basil leaves and 2 mint leaves to the center of the rice paper wrapper and layer in some carrots, purple cabbage, cucumber, peppers, tofu and avocado on top.
    Then tightly roll the rice paper up by tucking in both sides and genetly rolling forward, kind of like when you're making a burrito.
  • Repeat with the remaining rice paper, veggies, and tofu and then place the Rainbow Summer Rolls on a plater with the Peanut Dipping Sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

TOFU
I use store bought teriyaki tofu for this recipe, but if you don’t have that on hand you can press a block of extra firm tofu to remove the excess water. Then slice into sticks and marinate in your favorite teriyaki sauce like this one. I like to let the tofu marinate for at least 1 hour but overnight is even better!
 Then bake at 375 until golden brown around the edges or grill on a nonstick grill pan. Brush with extra teriyaki before serving. 
 
VEGGIES
Use any combo of veggies you like for these summer rolls! I think the basil is a must and I love the way the creamy avocado contrasts with the crunchy veggies, so I wouldn’t skip that but you can really make these your own! Add baby spinach or butter lettuce lettuce, use red bell peppers, grilled eggplant, steamed (and chilled) asparagus, or add something spicy like jalapeños! You can also leave out the tofu or swap it for cooked lentils, vegan chicken, roasted chickpeas, or marinated tempeh. Use what you have and what you like and let this basic recipe be your guide! 
Let me know what combos you come up with in the comments below! Enjoy 🙂
Keyword peanut sauce, summer rolls

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