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.

 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.

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.

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 

warm water about 50c

Heat some water up to about 50C

rice paper in water for seconds

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

lettuce for crunchy taste

Lettuce for a crunchy texture

avocado for creamyness

Avocado for creaminess

mango for sweetness

Mango strips for sweetness

carrot thin slices

A julienned carrot for crunch

sweet red pepper strips

Strips of sweet red pepper

cool cuecumber in summer rolls

Cool cucumber thin slices

red cabbage for colour and crunchy

Red cabbage for colour and crunch

coriander for herby

Corriander for a herby taste

spring onion for mild spice

Spring onion for a bit of spicy flavour

raspberries for tart

Raspberries for a tart fruity hint

fold over closest edge

Fold over the closest edge

fold over side and roll

Then fold over the sides

fold sides like a burrito

Fold in like a burrito

roll up summer roll

Continue rolling up the summer roll

peanut or almond nut butter dip

Use either peanut or almond butter to make a dip

soy sauce for umami and salty

Soy sauce gives that amazing umami and salty taste

1 clove of raw garlic minced

1 clove of raw garlic is crushed and minced

cayenne pepper for spice

Cayenne pepper adds a spicy kick to the dip and nutrition

one lemon in summer rolls dip

Squeeze one lemon for a zesty dip

adding water to summer rolls dip

A few tbsp of water for the right thickness

mixing peanut dip

Mix the nutty satay dip

summer rolls mixed peanut dip

Until its all combined and enjoy

Yield: 12 summer rolls

Summer Rolls with Almond Dip

Summer Rolls with Almond Dip

These summer rolls with their rainbow colours are a delight for both the eyes and taste buds. Full of fruit and vegetables to give a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Naturally gluten free as they use rice paper so are suitable for wheat free diets. The almond butter dip makes a couple of the summer rolls a complete meal with a decent amount of plant protein.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

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 butter / 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

Instructions

  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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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per ServingCalories 111 Total Fat 6g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 3mg Sodium 194mg Carbohydrates 15g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 4g Sugar 7g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 3g
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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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