Summer rolls with a spicy peanut dipping sauce

June 27, 2014

My inspiration for today’s recipe came from Instagram. I’ve noticed recently that a lot of my vegan Instagram family love to post photos of spring rolls, and they just looked so damn good that I had to try making them for myself.

I’ve had spring rolls before from places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s (in the US), but when they’re fresh and homemade they are miles above anything storebought, not to mention loads cheaper. They are also really fun to make, and easy to mix up the ingredients so each roll has slightly different flavors.

For these rolls I decided to do mostly veggies plus some pre-cooked rice noodles. I have also made them with slices of smoked tofu which is equally delicious. Either way, it’s incredibly easy to make and the perfect summer lunch food. I make them on my lunch break and like to enjoy them outdoors in the sunshine, listening to the birds in my garden.


  • 6 dry rice wrappers (available from most grocery stores)
  • 1 1/2 avocados, sliced
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • A couple handfuls of salad leaves
  • 1/2 pack of fresh, pre-cooked rice noodles (approximately 150g)
  • 10-12 mint leaves, chopped
  • Tamari
  • sprinkle of sesame seeds (optional)

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbs smooth peanut butter
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • Water as needed


  1. For the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until fully mixed together. If the sauce is a bit thick, add a little water and whisk until you get the consistency you want (I generally end up adding around 2 teaspoons)
  2. Warm the rice noodles in a pan with a sprinkle of sesame oil and tamari for around 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can also heat them in the microwave with a bit of tamari and a sprinkle of water for around 1 minute
  3. Heat approximately 1/2 inch water in a large pan to as hot as you can tolerate it to the touch
  4. Place one wrapper in the pan of hot water and hold down with your fingers for 15-20 seconds until it starts to soften
  5. Remove wrapper and place on a large plate, ensuring the wrapper is flat and not folded over in parts
  6. Place some of the noodles on the wrapper, leaving an inch on either side. Then add the carrots, avocado, mint and salad leaves
  7. Once everything is in place, fold the wrapper once over the veggies away from you. Next, fold in the sides like you’re wrapping a burrito, then fold the wrapper away from you again
  8. Slice in half, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with the spicy peanut dipping sauce. Enjoy!
  • elizabeth cosgrove July 15, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I’m going to try to make these! Thanks for the instructions and recipe!

    • Leicester Veggie July 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thanks! They are surprisingly easy, and it’s such a nice alternative to salads 🙂

  • elizabeth cosgrove July 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Just got my rice papers and can’t wait to try making these! They look perfect for a hot summer day!

    • Leicester Veggie July 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      awesome! let me know how it goes. I eat them nearly everyday for lunch – I just chuck in some leftover salad and wrap it up:)

      • Emily July 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

        Although I should say these look delicious for my veggie meals too 🙂

  • Emily July 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Yum yum yum! I love making these with king prawns and loooooads of sesame seeds and coriander 🙂 xx

    • Leicester Veggie July 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      aren’t they the best?! seriously perfect summer food 🙂

  • Annalisa July 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I didn’t know you had a food blog! You have a new reader. These looks amazing! I love your photos.

    • Leicester Veggie July 28, 2014 at 9:57 am

      thanks Annalisa! I don’t advertise it on FB – but am always happy to share with like minded friends 🙂

  • Rob August 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Love the blog.. do you know any of the Leicester veggie group?

    • Leicester Veggie August 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm


      I know of them, but haven’t met anyone in the group. Are you part of it?

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