Summer Rolls with Zesty Sauce Recipe

Healthy easy summer rolls vegan recipe. With a rainbow of different vegetables and an amazing nutty healthy dip.

These healthy summer rolls are fun to make and look very tempting. They’re filled with a rainbow of fresh raw fruit and vegetables. You can use any fruit or veg that you have – the only ingredient I always add is avocado.

Some people avoid peanuts and the sauce can be made with any other nut or seed butter. I’ve made it with cashew butter, almond butter and raw sunflower seed butter and all turned out great. Ingredients for this summer rolls recipe that includes cabbage, carrot, peppers, berries, mango, avocado, coriander and red cabbage. All of these are just for examples and you can use whatever you like for your summer rolls.

People often ask what to serve with summer rolls and this peanut almond dip is the perfect accompaniment to bring out all of the flavours. This isn’t an authentic Vietnamese summer rolls recipe as it’s vegan but it uses flavours that work well together to taste amazing. 

Summer Rolls Video Recipe

Play on YouTube.

These impressive rainbow summer rolls are so easy to make. It’s important to cut your fruit and vegetables into thin strips, apart from the berries.

Only soak the paper for a few seconds and take out when it’s still slightly rigid, it will soften more after taking out of the water. Don’t soak the rice paper for long as then it will be too soft to roll.

Summer Rolls Healthy Recipe with Spicy Lemon Nut Dips on a plate. These rolls are a great way to load up on healthy fruit and veg.
These summer rolls are the perfect colourful mix of vegetables and fruit. As each different fruit and vegetable has a different nutrient profile it is important to eat a rainbow diet to get all vitamins and minerals.

The current advice is to eat 10 different types of fruit and vegetables a day. So these rainbow rolls will help you a long way towards that goal.

As you eat with your eyes you just know this summer rolls recipe will taste great. Who can say no to such a beautiful dish?

Rainbow summer rolls with a spicy lemon dip make the perfect side dish in warm weather. A nut dip sauce adds protein and healthy fats.

Rice paper is used to wrap these pho summer rolls. It’s available from large supermarkets and from ethnic stores.

To make a 100% raw vegan food summer rolls version you can use sprouted almond butter instead of peanut butter and raw coconut rolls made from the flesh of coconuts.

I think this summer roll dip is best with almond butter. Using peanut butter in the photos and video just as it’s the most common nut butter and much cheaper.

Whatever nut butter you use do make sure its palm oil free as it’s better for the environment and likely to be healthier and higher quality. Check out my recipe for sprouted almond butter.

Step By Step Summer Rolls 

Heat some water up to about 50Cwarm water about 50c

Place the rice paper in a flat bowl of warm water for a few seconds
rice paper in water for seconds

Lettuce for a crunchy texture
lettuce for crunchy taste

Avocado for creaminess
avocado for creamyness

Mango strips for sweetness
mango for sweetness

A julienned carrot for crunch
carrot thin slices

Strips of sweet red pepper
sweet red pepper strips

Cool cucumber thin slices
cool cuecumber in summer rolls

Red cabbage for colour and crunch
red cabbage for colour and crunchy

Corriander for a herby taste
coriander for herby

Spring onion for a bit of spicy flavour
spring onion for mild spice

Raspberries for a tart fruity hint
raspberries for tart

Fold over the closest edge
fold over closest edge

Then fold over the sides
fold over side and roll

Fold in like a burrito
fold sides like a burrito

Continue rolling up the summer roll
roll up summer roll

Use either peanut or almond butter to make a dip
peanut or almond nut butter dip

Soy sauce gives that amazing umami and salty taste
soy sauce for umami and salty

1 clove of raw garlic is crushed and minced
1 clove of raw garlic minced

Cayenne pepper adds a spicy kick to the dip and nutrition
cayenne pepper for spice

Squeeze one lemon for a zesty dip
one lemon in summer rolls dip

A few tbsp of water for the right thickness
adding water to summer rolls dip

Mix the nutty satay dip
mixing peanut dip

Until its all combined and enjoy
summer rolls mixed peanut dip

Summer Rolls & Zesty Sauce Recipe


Summer rolls

Just examples – use any fruit or vegetables you like

  • Vietnamese rice paper
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Red cabbage
  • Coriander / cilantro
  • Spring onion
  • Raspberries

Zesty peanut Satay lemon sauce

  • Almond / Peanut butter, 2 tbsp – or any other nut / seed butter
  • Soy sauce / tamari, 1 tsp
  • Lemon, 1 juiced
  • Garlic, 1 clove finely chopped
  • Cayenne pepper, 1 tsp
  • Water, 2 tbsp


  1. Chop all fruit and vegetables into thin strips as they work best for summer rolls when thin, apart from small fruit like berries.
  2. Dip a sheet of rice paper in warm water for a few seconds.
  3. Remove from the water when it begins to soften but still has some shape.
  4. Place rice paper flat on a board and then add thin slices of fruit and vegetables on 1/3 of the paper at an edge.
  5. Roll the rice paper up by folding over the filling to make the summer roll, tucking in the sides then rolling to the edge. See the video for a demo of rolling summer rolls.
  6. Mix all of the satay ingredients together until they are combined. You may want to add more or less cayenne pepper depending on how spicy you like it.
  7. Slice all of the summer rolls in the middle and enjoy by dipping in the sauce.
  8. The made-up summer rolls will last a few days in the fridge.

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6 thoughts on “Summer Rolls with Zesty Sauce”

  1. These look yummy! ????Perfect for summer!???? Can I buy rice paper from regular supermarkets? Thanks. Gemma

  2. I like your style. Would love to hear how you broke away from the corporate world to live the simple life. Thanks!

  3. Ooooh yummy! I have rice paper in the cupboard. was looking for something to make with them. Thanks you for the recipe!

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