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Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce

August 6, 2019

Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce is a fresh and bright appetizer or light main made with crisp rainbow vegetables, fresh herbs, shrimp, rice vermicelli noodles wrapped up in a gluten-free rice wrapper and served with a spicy prik nam pla dipping sauce. (Step By Step and VIDEO included)

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Three summer rolls on a wooden blackboard with a small bowl of dipping sauce.

A bite of heaven!

These Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce are super fresh and delicious with a little sparkle of mint and cilantro. It is like having a little party in your mouth full of fun flavors and textures. You are going to love the crunch of the julienned carrots, naturally sweet snow peas, fresh cucumbers. Next, you bite into those aldente thin gluten free rice vermicelli noodles for a little extra body and wrapped up in a super thin gluten free rice wrapper to deliver that bundle of goodness to your mouth. Last but not least, you plunge your Summer Roll into that sweet, spicy, sour and savory Prik Nam Pla dipping sauce and it’s going blow your mind.

5 summer rolls with sauce and garnishes on a wooden board.

Summer Reprieve from the Kitchen

Have you forgotten that thing in your kitchen called the “OVEN”? We are certain we have forgotten how to even program the darn thing. She is one hot beast you don’t want to have cranked up high during these hot and steamy summer days. After all, who wants to be trapped in your kitchen on these beautiful numbered summer days. These easy Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce comes to the rescue. We originally posted this recipe in 2014. We updated it to add helpful step by steps and video to help you along the way.

The best part about these summer rolls is that they can be made in advance or you can have all the ingredients prepared and have your guests assemble their own for an interactive gathering. These delicious summer rolls are also fantastic in lunches and bento boxes.

The bite shot showing all the rainbow vegetables, fresh herbs and noodles inside with a dipping sauce.

Celebrating Noodles Without Borders in Summer Fashion

The first Tuesday of every month All That’s Jas and Healthy World Cuisine travel the globe to find delicious NOODLE recipes. Today, Healthy World Cuisine is traveling to Asia with these delightful Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce.

Fresh Summer rolls are very popular in Vietnam and Thailand. Today it is wet, steamy and hot in both Bangkok and Hanoi. We can’t think of a better way to cool off than to enjoy a refreshingly cold noodle than wrapped up in a rice wrapper (spring roll skin). Head on over to All That’s Jas to see what county and noodle dish she is preparing today.

We love seeing what your making in the kitchen too. When you make a noodle recipe, please be sure to use the hashtag #NoodlesWithoutBorders and tag All That’s Jas and Healthy World Cuisine on Instagram, so we can feature you in our stories. Check out all of our Noodle Recipes for more recipe inspiration.

Step by step photos: Dry Noodles, noodles getting poured with boiling water, noodles steeping in hot water.

How to prepare Rice Vermicelli Noodles for Summer Rolls

Rice vermicelli noodles are thin rice-flour noodles are common in Southeast Asian cuisines. You can purchase rice vermicelli noodles in the Asian food section of most well stocked grocery stores, in Asian Markets or online. We used A Taste of Thai Vermicelli Rice Noodles for this recipe.

The only downside of rice vermicelli noodles is that that crumble easy.  I usually end of softening the whole package at once as it is difficult to break off a small section unless you want your kitchen floor painted with dried noodles.

Step By Step

Place your dried rice vermicelli noodles in a large bowl.

Boil water in a pot or kettle and pour over the noodles to cover. Do not boil these noodles.

Stir around to get all the noodles soaking. Soak for about 5 minutes or just until the noodle is aldente to the tooth.

Drain, rinse with cold water. Drain again and set aside. (if your noodles get too dry, you can rinse again with a little cold water.) However, it is best that your noodles are dry when using them in your Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce because it makes it easier to roll.

Step by step how to Julienne vegetables.

Preparing your vegetables for summer rolls

You can use any vegetable you desire. We love eating the rainbow. You can use any vegetables you have in your crisper as long as they are cut julienned and are about the same in size. We used julienned snow peas, carrots and cucumbers. However, red cabbage, mung beans (bean sprouts), lettuces, green onions and even tropical fruits are lovely wrapped inside. Take a look inside your crisper and use what you have. That is the beauty of this recipe.

Fresh herbs are optional, but we think they really make this recipe light and bright. We chose fresh mint and cilantro. Fresh Thai basil, Western basil and shiso leaves are also delicious.

How to Prep Shrimp for Summer Rolls

All you need to do is bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add your peeled and deveined shrimp. Put the lid on the pot and remove off of the heat. Let the shrimp poach for about 5 minutes or until pink and no longer or translucent. Drain and run under cool water. Cut your shrimp lengthwise so that they are not too fat for your spring rolls and they lay flat. Set aside.

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The BEST Sauce for Fresh Summer Rolls

If you are going to go through all of that trouble making this summer roll recipe light and delicious, why would you want to weight down with some peanut butter hoisin sauce concoction. We prefer this light and bright savoury, sour, spicy and slightly sweet Prik Nam Pla: The Incredible Thai Table Condiment sauce. The perfect dip for your light and bright Summer rolls.

Step by Step showing a dried rice wrapper, then soaking in water and then pliable and ready for use.

How to soften the rice paper wrappers/ spring roll skins for summer rolls...

Of course, there is always more than one way to skin a cat. However, these are some helpful tricks we have learned along the way in dealing with rice paper wrappers.

What are rice paper wrappers?

Rice paper wrappers are also sometimes called spring roll skins or “Banh Trang” in Vietnamese. They are thin round disks that look like a glass version of a tortilla. These rice paper wrappers are EXTREMLY delicate so handle with care both dry and wet. They are even more fragile when they are wet. The most important thing to remember is to absolutely have everything else all prepped and ready to go, sliced and mise in place before starting this procedure.

How to Moisten Rice Paper Wrappers

Get yourself a full-sized plate or one large enough to hold a spring roll skin inside. Place room temperature water in your plate. Do NOT use hot water. Do you know how fast and how skilled you would need to be to use hot water and not have it turn into a gummy mess!!! You see when the skins get wet and pliable, they start to get sticky if you let them get to soaked or do not work fast enough.

Work fast

Your goal is to dip them on one side for about 7-10 seconds and then flip them over on the other side in the water for 7-10 sections just until they bend easily. They will continue to soften even after you take them out of the water.  Do not soak more than about 20 seconds total. You will dampen one wrapper at a time and then fill and roll. Then proceed with the rest of the wrappers.

How to prevent sticking

If you place them on a damp tea cloth this is sometimes helpful to prevent sticking. The most important thing is not to let them sit in the room temp water for more than about 20 seconds. We suggest you practice with one or two of the rice wrappers to get the hang of it. The chef can eat those. (smiling) Check out our video below where we demonstrate how to do this procedure.

All items ready in place. Mise en place.

How to Roll a Summer Roll

Get all of your item’s mise en place (ready to go and at your fingertips) - Be sure to check out our How to Make Fresh Vietnamese Summer Roll VIDEO.

  • Noodles are aldente and in a bowl
  • Shrimp are poached and sliced lengthwise and placed in a bowl
  • Vegetables are julienned sliced and placed in a bowl
  • Fresh herbs are washed, dried and placed in a bowl
  • Prik Nam Pla dipping sauce is made
  • Large plate with room temperature water inside and dried rice paper rolls/ spring roll skins are near you.
  • Cutting board or damp tea towel in front of you
  • Serving plate lined with lettuce leaves or sprayed gingerly with spray oil and then wipe most of it off to prevent sticking.

1) Soak your dried rice paper rolls/ spring roll skins for 7-10 seconds on each side and remove as soon as they start to soften. They will continue to soften as they sit.

Soaking dried rice paper wrapper in water.

2) Place on either a damp tea cloth or cutting board.

Rice paper wrapper moistened and on a cutting board.

3) Place julienned cut vegetables, prepared rice vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs on one edge of the dampened rice paper roll. Leaving about 1.5 inches from the edge.

Cucumbers...

cucumbers on the moistened rice wrapper.

Carrots

carrots added to rice wrapper.

Snow peas

Snow peas added to the rice paper wrapper.

Fresh Cilantro and mint added...

fresh cilantro and mint added.

Add your prepared rice vermicelli noodles.

Adding rice vermicelli noodles on top of vegetables and fresh herbs.

4) Place three cut in half shrimp (pink side down) on the dampened rice paper roll about 2 inches from your vegetables.

3 halved shrimp placed and 2 inches about the fresh vegetables with the pink side down.

5) Gently fold over one side of the dampened rice paper roll over the vegetable and shrimp.

Folding over left side of the rice paper wrapper.

6) Go to the other side and fold over the other side over just like you would a burrito.

Folding over the right side of the rice paper wrapper.

7) Now, firmly but gently roll the summer roll up until you meet the other end. The tighter you can get it the better. Be gentle as the rolls when moistened are very fragile.

Rolling up the rice paper wrapper like a burrito.

7) Repeat process with the rest of the rolls. Be patient with yourself. It takes a bit of time to master. If just not happening feel free to make a deconstructed Fresh Summer roll with all the supplies in front of you, otherwise known as our Vietnamese Shrimp Vermicelli Salad.

 

Rolling the wrapper...

Completed summer roll.

8) Serve with Prik Nam Pla Sauce and enjoy!

Dipping the summer roll into the Prik Nam Pla Sauce.

How to Store your Fresh Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce

  • You can make your Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce up to 2 days MAX in advance but here are some helpful hints to keep them fresh.
  • It’s best to wrap your summer rolls individually in plastic wrap tightly and then place in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This keeps them moist and prevents them from sticking to everything they touch.
  • If serving your Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce in a couple of hours from now you can lightly spray your serving dish with a little light flavored spray oil and then take a paper towel and wipe most of it off. Just a very fine amount just to prevent the sticking. Then cover with plastic wrap and stove in the refrigerator until serving.
  • Another option is to line your dish with lettuce leaves and place your summer rolls on the lettuce leaves but don’t have them touch each other on the plate. This option works too.
  • We like to make our Prik Nam Pla sauce the day of as fresh is always best. Just store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until serving.

Close up shot of summer rolls showing the shrimp and vegetables through the delicate rice paper wrapper.

Delicious ideas to serve with Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce

Tropical Thai Fish

Spicy Holy Basil (Pad Krapow Gai)

Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry

Super Easy Grilled Asian Eggplant

No-Churn Dairy Free Mango Swirl Ice Cream

 

 

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Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , , , , ,   ,

August 6, 2019

Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce is a fresh and bright appetizer or light main made with crisp rainbow vegetables, fresh herbs, shrimp, rice vermicelli noodles wrapped up in a gluten-free rice wrapper and served with a spicy prik nam pla dipping sauce.

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 12 appetizers

Ingredients

Rice vermicelli noodles – 8 ounces or 250 grams

Boiling hot water to soften rice vermicelli noodles

shrimp - 18 large peeled and deveined

carrots - 1 cup julienned sliced about 2-inch strips

cucumber - 1 large seedless julienned 2-inch strips

snow peas - 3/4 cup julienned

cilantro – fresh handful washed, and stems removed

Mint – fresh handful washed, and stems removed

rice wrapping papers (spring roll skins) - 12 pieces

Prik Nam Pla dipping Sauce – to serve (see https://www.hwcmagazine.com/recipe/prik-nam-pla/)

Directions

1Prepare your Rice Vermicelli Noodles: Place your dried rice vermicelli noodles in a large bowl.

2Boil water in a pot or kettle and pour over the noodles to cover. Do not boil these noodles.

3Stir around to get all the noodles soaking. Soak for about 5 minutes or just until the noodle is aldente to the tooth. Drain, rinse with cold water. Drain again and set aside. (if your noodles get too dry, you can rinse again with a little cold water.) However, it is best that your noodles are dry when using them in your Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce because it makes it easier to roll.

4Prepare your Shrimp: Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add your peeled and deveined shrimp. Put the lid on the pot and remove off of the heat. Let the shrimp poach for about 5 minutes or until pink and no longer or translucent. Drain and run under cool water. Cut your shrimp lengthwise so that they are not too fat for your spring rolls and they lay flat. Set aside.

5Prepare your Vegetables and herbs: Julienne slice your vegetables so they are about 2 inches in length. You can use any vegetables you like but make sure they are all similar sized when cut. (mung bean/bean sprouts, red cabbage, etc. all work well in here.) Wash and remove the stems from your fresh cilantro and mint or herbs of choice.

6Make your prik nam pla dipping sauce. Set aside. See recipe for details https://www.hwcmagazine.com/recipe/prik-nam-pla/

7Get everything mise en place: That means get all of your vegetables and herbs in bowls or on a cutting board near you, prepared shrimp near you, prepared rice vermicelli noodles in a bowl, dried package of rice wrapping papers opened and a flat dinner plate about ¾ filled with room temperature water. You need to work fast, so you need everything at your fingertips.

8Wrap your Summer Rolls: Soak your dried rice paper rolls/ spring roll skins for 7-10 seconds on each side and remove as soon as they start to soften in the plate with room temperature water. They will continue to soften as they sit. DO NOT soak longer than 20 seconds or you will have a sticky mess. Place on either a damp tea cloth or cutting board. Place julienned cut vegetables, prepared rice vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs on one edge of the dampened rice paper roll. Leaving about 1.5 inches from the edge. Place three cut in half shrimp (pink side down) on the dampened rice paper roll about 2 inches from your vegetables. Gently fold over one side of the dampened rice paper roll over the vegetable and shrimp. Go to the other side and fold over the other side over just like you would a burrito. Now, firmly but gently roll the summer roll up until you meet the other end. The tighter you can get it the better. Be gentle as the rolls when moistened are very fragile. Repeat process with the rest of the rolls. Be patient with yourself. It takes a bit of time to master. (See above for step by step photos and video for details.)

9Enjoy your delicious Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce (prik nam pla)

10Cook’s Notes: You can make your Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce up to 2 days MAX in advance but here are some helpful hints to keep them fresh. It’s best to wrap your summer rolls individually in plastic wrap tightly and then place in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This keeps them moist and prevents them from sticking to everything they touch.

11If serving your Summer Rolls with Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce in a couple of hours from now you can lightly spray your serving dish with a little light flavored spray oil and then take a paper towel and wipe most of it off. Just a very fine amount of oil just to prevent the sticking. Then cover with plastic wrap and stove in the refrigerator until serving. Another option is to line your dish with lettuce leaves and place your summer rolls on the lettuce leaves but don’t have them touch each other on the plate. This option works too. We like to make our Prik Nam Pla sauce the day of as fresh is always best. Just store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until serving. You can use any vegetable or even fruit that your little heart desires just make sure that you cut them roughly the same size and that they are dry. If you would like to make this recipe vegan, you can exchange your shrimp with grilled tofu and exchange your fish sauce in the prik nam pla sauce with a little soy sauce or a sweet chili sauce.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 summer roll (excluding dipping sauce)
Calories83
Sodium91 mg
Potassium142 mg
Protein8.7 grams
Cholesterol70 mg
Sugar1.2 grams
Total Fat0.6 grams
Total Carbohydrates10.2 grams
Dietary Fiber0.9 grams

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