Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Vietnamese Summer Rolls.
The name leads us to believe that this food is intended for rising temperatures while the cicadas sing (well if you’re in Texas you’ll hear them sing!).
The truth is, you can enjoy this tasty roll as a simple snack, a delicious appetizer, or a full-fledged meal any time of the year.
What’s In A Name?
Summer rolls are a traditional Vietnamese dish.
However the term “summer roll” is thought by many to have been coined in the West to contrast its deep-fried, crispy, hearty cousin, the spring roll.
The Vietnamese term for this light and fresh dish translates to “salad roll”.
Its literal translation comes as no surprise with its filling of lettuce, carrots, herbs, rice noodles and shrimp wrapped in a translucent chewy rice paper.
But if you’re not a salad fan, don’t be turned off. These tasty rolls will fill you up sooner than you think.
No Heat Required
What’s one of the absolute best things about this easy, colorful roll filled with vibrant flavors?
There’s no stovetop and no oven required.
When you’re tired after a long day at work, who wants to slave over a hot stove?
The only warmth required for crafting this delicious dish is some warm water to soften the rice paper wrapping.
With a few simple ingredients and some knife skills, you’ll be ready to roll in no time.
Place the veggies, herbs, and shrimp on the moistened rice paper, give it a quick roll to grab the lettuce, fold in the sides, and finish the roll. Voila! Vietnamese Summer Rolls.
A Roll is Not Complete Without Dipping Sauce
As a native Texan, I’m no stranger to dips and sauces of all types: salsa, queso, ranch, and more.
Enter: the peanut dipping sauce.
Creamy and nutty with just a tad bit of heat, it’s the perfect complement to the crispy and chewy, cool wrap.
Fresh, Crisp, Simple, Delicious
Expand your skill set in the kitchen and involve your family.
Everyone can customize their summer roll to their heart’s desire. Don’t like shrimp? Use any protein you have on hand or no animal protein at all if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
Summer rolls make a quick, healthy snack for an on-the-go lifestyle, or can serve as an impressive homemade appetizer at your next dinner gathering.
The real reward is the satisfying light crunch and herby, nutty flavor profiles of this Asian staple.
You’re going to love it.