Want a fresh, healthy lunch?
Wrap up some Vietnamese Spring Rolls!
Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls are a wonderful way to welcome the arrival of spring and fresh veggies. These low-carb, low-fat rolls are comprised of lettuce, fresh herbs, matchstick-cut vegetables, rice noodles, and meat, all rolled up in a transparent rice wrapper. Eaten plain, the rolls have a light flavor, accented by basil and mint with a crispy crunch from the raw vegetables. This subtle flavor makes them a perfect pair with traditional dipping sauces such as hoisin, peanut, and fish sauce.
These fresh-tasting, healthy rolls can be a nice substitute for the usual sandwich in your lunch. Just assemble them in the morning or the night before, and wrap them in plastic wrap. Like a sandwich, they are eaten cold. Just unwrap and dip!
For the basic recipe found in many Vietnamese restaurants, take a look at Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls With Hoisin Peanut Sauce over at zliving.com. These simple rolls let the flavors of Thai basil, mint, and cilantro shine through, while the simple Hoisin-Peanut Sauce makes a tasty dip.
Wrap it up!
The only tricky part to these rolls is the actual rolling process. Fortunately, the White On Rice Couple blog has great instructions on How to Roll Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls – A Photo Tutorial.
Arsy Vartanian at the Food Renegade blog shares a few tips to make rolling the spring rolls easier, starting with how to wet the rice paper. Her post, Gluten-Free Vietnamese Spring Rolls With Paleo Satay Sauce, also includes a tasty Paleo-friendly Almond-citrus dipping sauce.
Allrecipes went to talk with a Vietnamese restaurant owner who demonstrated his technique using two wrappers per roll instead of one, and gave tips on preparing the rice noodles.
Get the recipe for Vietnamese Spring Rolls With Dipping Sauce here.
Ready to go beyond basics?
Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls
The White On Rice Couple blog is back, adding pork to their shrimp-stuffed spring rolls.
Grilled Shrimp Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Heidi, at the Foodie Crush blog adds extra flavor to her rolls by seasoning and grilling the shrimp first. She also has some great ideas for presentation (cucumber boat, anyone?)
Vietnamese Spring Rolls With Orange-Almond Sauce
Jaden, at the Steamy Kitchen blog uses avocado in these meatless spring rolls. Her Orange-Almond sauce comes together quickly in the blender.
Serve up a sauce
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)
Chuck, at the Sunday Nite Dinner blog reveals his family secret recipe for the fish sauce-based chili-garlic dipping sauce that frequently accompanies spring rolls.