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Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Josh was out of town last week on business. I was lonely-this was the longest we have been apart since we started dating. I tried to keep busy with work, the gym, the blog, etc. but I just missed my hubs. Luckily, one of my best buds came to the rescue. She always knows how to cheer me up. We enjoyed an evening of good food, conversation, and laughs. It was just what I needed.

Before we were both married, we were roomies and used to cook together all of the time. We’ve created a lot of tasty dishes, but vegetable spring rolls with peanut sauce are our favorite.

For the spring rolls, we used carrots, green and red peppers, cucumber, lettuce, and cilantro.  I’ve used Thai basil and mint before-instead of the cilantro, they are all excellent. We used round rice paper sheets for the base of the rolls and Asian rice vermicelli noodles for the filling.  Most stores have an Asian section, if you can’t find these items there, check your area to see if there is an Asian market nearby. I love visiting our local Asian market-great prices and fun finds.

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The spring rolls are good, but the peanut dipping sauce is the BEST! I can’t even describe how good it is, there are no words. I could drink it by the gallon. Peanut butter, lemon grass, ginger, garlic, hoison sauce-all of these flavors work so well together. Try this sauce and let me know what you think. I am confident it will be your new “go to” peanut sauce. I have never tasted better.

We had a great time recreating one of our favorite recipes together. The spring rolls are a great appetizer, healthy snack, or light meal. Serve these up at your Super Bowl Party for something fresh and healthy. Your guests will love them.

If Josh wasn’t allergic to peanut butter, I would probably eat these every day. He is home now (yea!) and I made sure to leave no evidence of peanut sauce, but that wasn’t hard:)

For tips on how to roll fresh spring rolls visit The White on Rice Couple’s blog. They have a great tutorial post. You can add chicken, pork, or shrimp, but the veggies are good enough for me!

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Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

1 carrot, peeled and cut into long matchsticks
1 green pepper, cut into long matchsticks
1 red pepper, cut into long matchsticks
1 cucumber, cut into long matchsticks
Romaine lettuce leaves
6 ounces Asian rice vermicelli noodles
Round rice sheets
Sprigs of cilantro and/or Thai basil, mint

For Peanut Dipping Sauce:
1 small piece of lemon grass, chopped
Freshly grated ginger-to taste
1 cup water
½ cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1½ tablespoons sugar

Directions:

1. Chop all of the veggies and set aside.

2. Boil and drain noodles per package instructions. Cool under water. Set aside.

3. One at a time, soak rice sheets into warm water to soften. Use a shallow dish or pie plate for this step. Lay a rice sheet on a towel covered work surface. Working quickly, place some noodles, vegetables, lettuce, and a few herb leaves on the near side of the rice round. Roll mixture forward (in egg roll fashion) one revolution then add additional vegetables. Tuck ends inward and finish the roll. Continue making rolls until ingredients are exhausted.

To make the peanut dipping sauce:
In a small sauce pan, simmer lemon grass in the water for 5 minutes, strain out the lemongrass and add the remaining ingredients to the water. Whisk well and simmer an additional 5 minutes. If the sauce doesn't thicken, whisk for one minute over medium heat. Pour into individual serving cups and serve with spring rolls.

If you like these spring rolls, you might also like:

Curry Tofu and Basil Spring Rolls from White on Rice Couple
Grilled Pork Spring Rolls from ChezUs
Spring Roll Salad from 101 Cookbooks

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121 Responses to “Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce”

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    carolyn — January 27, 2010 @ 5:51 am

    I have always wanted to try spring rolls. For some reason I’ve been intimidated. But these look fantastic! And I think that sauce may make it’s way into an asian noodle salad…

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    Erica — January 27, 2010 @ 5:51 am

    So colorful and just beautiful overall! I am a HUGE peanut sauce fan. I throw it on top of a big pile of veggies almost once a week. Yum Yum. Glad you had fun with your friend….I hate being away from the husband too!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 27, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    Love spring rolls – and peanut sauce!!!

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    kat — January 27, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Always my favorite appetizer at Thai restaurants!

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    Sarah, Maison Cupcake — January 27, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    These look wonderful and so healthy if I turn a blind eye to the peanut sauce. Your glass noodles look perfect, I can never get these to work, they go all claggy and horrid. I must seek out some rice pancakes like these.

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    Happy Cook — January 27, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    I have only had thie fried ones. I can imaginehow refreshing this one od tasting. Looks beautiful.

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    Kitchen Monki Dan — January 27, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Beautiful presentation :)

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    Ed Schenk — January 27, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    I do a tamarind dipping sauce that would also be great with this. It’s just Tamarind Pulp boiled down with water and brown sugar. Then just strain it.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — January 27, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    I love spring rolls! I made them a while back from the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. I used almond butter, since we can’t keep peanut butter in the house due to allergy. They are so yummy and fun to make with a friend!

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    Barabara Bakes — January 27, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    This is a perfect 10 in 10 meal! Looks so fresh and tasty!

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    Rosa — January 27, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    Healthy and absolutely delicious!

    cheers,

    Rosa

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    Jennifer {@ maple n cornbread} — January 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Ohhh Im so loving the peanut sauce! Light and refreshing!

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    Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me — January 27, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    I just love your photography! It is amazing!

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    Sara — January 27, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    Yum! I love peanut sauce.

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    Coach J — January 27, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    I love that you have a “print” option with your recipes! My vegetarian beau will LOVE this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Megan — January 27, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Those matchstick veggies look like they were cut absolutely perfectly. The spring rolls are beautiful, and I’ll bet they tasted so fresh and delicious. I’ve never worked with rice paper before, but I was just talking about trying it recently. I’m bookmarking your recipe for when I do!

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    deeba — January 27, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Fantastic post Maria. Those pictures are worth a 1000 words…tantalizing the tastebuds! What a gorgeous post!!

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    Teanna — January 27, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    That peanut sauce looks SO good! And your photos… your PHOTOS! They are incredible!

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    SLCFoodie — January 27, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    Those look beautiful. I am a big spring roll fan but haven’t tried them at home yet.

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    Chris — January 27, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    These look fantastic. The colors are so vibrant and inviting! I love that they’re fillling without leaving you stuffed. :)

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    Bridgett — January 27, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    Your photos are just so bright and beautiful, Maria! I hate it when my husband goes away since I have the worst time sleeping and just miss him like crazy so I know how you felt. Glad he is home safely and you are together again. These spring rolls look amazing with those brilliant colors of the veggies.
    I hope you are having a wonderful week. Take care, my friend.

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    Dana — January 27, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    That first shot is gorgeous! I am with you – I could eat these everyday. Whenever I make them, I make extra so we can have as many as we want. Both my kids love them but I think what they really love is the sauce!

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    Sarah — January 27, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    I love spring rolls more than most things. I could eat these almost every day. And I don’t say that about many things.

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    Pink Panda — January 27, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    MMMMMMMMM, I love myself a good spring roll with some YUMMY dipping sauce. These look great and easy enough for my simple mind to make.

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    Elle — January 27, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    These look SO good! And right up my alley, too. I’ll have to check out the tutorial, because rice papers always trip me up. Gorgeous photos, too!

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    CB — January 27, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    Yum! They looks like Mama use to make me. At least when you’re lonely you make healthy stuff. When I’m lonely for my Hubs I usually reach for ice cream, swedish fish or telephone to call for delivery. ;)

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    Jamie — January 27, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Oh I so love spring rolls and just never have taken the time to make them. Yours are so pretty, perfectly rolled and filled with the best of the best! So fresh! And wow I love that dipping sauce. I think you may have gotten me to finally get up and make these. What a perfect snack! Or I could really eat about 5 of them for a meal.

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    Marija — January 27, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Such a great post! Thanks for the ideas!! And the lovely photos!!!

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    Wow! Those look so good and your photos just POP! I have been craving spring rolls lately, maybe I’ll have to go make some then huh!

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    Natashya — January 27, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    This is one of my absolute favourite meals! I make it when my (veggie) daughter is around as she loves it too. Delish!

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    Tracey — January 27, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    These look wonderful Maria! So fresh and colorful. I will definitely try the peanut dipping sauce.

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    leslie — January 27, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    These are beautiful photos!!!!!
    What a great healthy dinner

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    marguerite — January 27, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    I’ve been dying to try making these and your sauce looks AWESOME!!

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    Mary Ann — January 27, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    I love spring rolls and have made them lots. I might have to try this peanut sauce tho, because I have a fave that I think is the best one out there!

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    Mary Ann — January 27, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    Beautiful pics, btw!

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    Nadia @ for the love of yum — January 27, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    i love these fresh spring rolls so much! I always order them when i go to Vietnamese or Thai restaurants. I am a little intimidated by the rice paper but should get over my fear ;). Yours looks so good and vibrant!!!

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    grace — January 27, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    those rice sheets are so neat, and i can see why you’re smitten with the sauce. lovely meal, maria!

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    Live.Love.Eat — January 27, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    I love these and we order them when we can. They’ve been on my list of things to make myself at home. I would definitely add shrimp! Yours look fantastic. Great picture too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    teresa — January 27, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    oh my gosh, these are gorgeous! love spring rolls!

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    Holly — January 27, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    i found your blog from itzy’s kitchen, and i am pretty sure it is one of the most gorgeous things ever! i look forward to reading more!

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