Spring rolls are one of the most popular dishes in China. They are made with rice paper, vegetables, and a variety of meats and sauces. It’s easy to make vegetarian spring rolls at home by using vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, or bell peppers instead of pork and beef. You can also use bean thread noodles or vermicelli for the vegetable filling. This recipe is perfect for a light lunch or dinner that won’t leave you feeling heavy.
How To Make Vegetable Spring Rolls?
- Prepare the ingredients.
- Mix the water, cornstarch, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside. Prep the vegetables and herbs by washing them thoroughly and peeling any tough parts if needed.
- Combine the coleslaw mix, julienned carrots, cucumber, and mint together in a large bowl and toss with the lime juice to coat evenly. Set aside to marinate for 5 minutes while you prepare your other ingredients for rolling.
- Cut your rice paper rounds in half so you have a total of 12 rounds that are each about 6 inches in diameter (if you can’t find round rice paper sheets, simply cut rectangular ones into thirds). If your spring roll wrappers are very thin, be sure to dip them into warm water first to soften them up, or else they will crack when trying to roll them up! I like using a large shallow dish like this one as it makes it easy to dip the rice paper into the water.
- Working with one wrapper at a time, dip it into the cornstarch mixture, turning it over to coat evenly and shaking off any excess back into your bowl. This is a very important step as it helps seal your roll and keep it together!
- Lay the spring roll wrapper down onto a clean work surface and place one-third of the marinated coleslaw mixture on top of it in an even layer from edge to edge (make sure to leave about half an inch from each side). Top with 2-3 pieces of tofu and some fresh herbs if desired. Roll up tightly towards you, just like you would fold a burrito or sushi roll. Make sure that you tuck in both sides as well as you can so that they stick together when finished rolling!
- Repeat with remaining ingredients until all ingredients are used up, making 12 rolls total (2 per person is a nice serving size). If you have any leftover filling, serve it alongside your spring rolls for dipping.
- To serve, slice each roll in half on the diagonal and arrange on a platter. Serve with extra hoisin sauce and chili garlic sauce if desired – I like to dip mine into both sauces!
What Is A Spring Roll?
A spring roll is a type of Chinese appetizer that is typically made with rice paper, vegetables, and various meats and sauces. The rolls are usually wrapped in a thin layer of fried dough called “ngau.” Several types of spring rolls exist including vegetarian spring rolls, shrimp spring rolls, pork spring rolls, crab meat spring rolls, and vegetable spring rolls. They are also sometimes referred to as summer rolls because they’re typically served at the start of summer when the weather is warmer.
What Ingredients Are Needed For This Recipe?
Step 1: Making the spring roll wrappers
For this recipe, you will need rice paper wrappers, which are available in most Asian supermarkets. The wrappers should be moistened slightly before use. To do this, simply soak them in warm water for about 30 seconds.
Step 2: Preparing the vegetables
This vegetarian spring roll recipe uses a variety of colorful vegetables including carrots, cucumber, and bell peppers. Thinly slice all of these ingredients using a sharp knife or mandolin slicer. You should also cut the carrots into thin sticks to make it easier to roll everything up later on.
Step 3: Stuffing and rolling the spring rolls
Layout one of your spring roll wrappers on a flat surface and place a few pieces of each vegetable along one edge of the wrapper (as shown). Try to keep everything as close together as possible without overlapping any pieces. Once you’ve filled up one side of the wrapper with veggies, fold over the other side and roll the wrapper up (as shown). When you’re done, set your finished spring roll aside and repeat this process with the remaining wrappers.
Step 4: Deep frying the spring rolls
You can deep fry your vegetarian spring rolls in a skillet filled with hot oil or you can use a deep fryer. Make sure that the oil is very hot before adding your spring rolls. Once you add them, be careful not to overcrowd them in the pan or they will stick together and tear apart when you try to separate them.
Step 5: Serving
Serve these delicious vegetarian spring rolls with dipping sauces like soy sauce and vinegar. You can also serve them with sweet chili sauce, hoisin sauce, or gochujang (red pepper paste). If you want to make a meal out of these vegetable spring rolls, feel free to serve them with rice and an additional side dish as well.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Vegetable Spring Roll?
- Vegetable spring rolls are healthy for a number of reasons. First, the dish is vegetarian, which means it doesn’t contain any meat. This makes it a good option for those who avoid meat and animal products like eggs or dairy. Vegetarian dishes are also typically healthier because they tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Vegetable spring roll is also very low in calories as well as sodium making them an ideal option for people who are trying to lose weight or watch their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A serving of vegetable spring roll has only about 70 calories, 1 gram of fat, 80 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates (1 gram is fiber), 2 grams of protein, and 2 milligrams of vitamin C.
- The dish contains a good amount of vitamin C as well as manganese which helps to boost the immune system, promote healthy skin and bones formation among other health benefits. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body from free radical damage.
- Vegetable spring rolls are high in fiber as well. A serving of the dish contains 5 grams of fiber or about 20% of your daily recommended intake. Fiber is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system, reducing the risk for heart disease, and lowering cholesterol levels.
- The dish is also very low in saturated fat making it a good option for those who are trying to lose weight or watch their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A serving of vegetable spring roll has only about 1 gram of fat, 80 milligrams sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates (1 gram is fiber), 2 grams of protein, and 2 milligrams vitamin C.
- Vegetable spring rolls contain a number of vitamins and minerals including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc all of which promote healthy growth and development as well boost the immune system.
- Vegetable spring rolls are also a good source of vitamin A which is essential for healthy vision as well as healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Spring rolls are a popular dish in many Southeast Asian countries. The vegetarian version is typically made with rice paper and vegetables, while the non-vegetarian version typically uses shrimp paste and pork.