Summer Rolls with Thai Dipping Sauce

By • May 9, 2011 • 26 Comments



Author Notes: I love cold foods in the summer! A salad or sandwich with cool, crisp veggies--this is my idea of heaven! To make it more substantial, you can add cold shrimp, but it's easy to omit in a few of them for your vegetarian friends.

This has been our favorite sauce to use whenever we need a semi-sweet sauce. Goes great with spring rolls or fish.

The Sauce is just a simple syrup. Equal parts sugar and liquid. I have substituted 1/2 c. splenda and 2 T. raw sugar for my diabetic mother and that did taste okay.

I received a lot of help from the food pickle blog when I first started making these rolls. My package directions on the rice paper called for warm water...there were several ideas on HOW to keep the water warm, but the best advice was to use COLD water and just soak a minute more.

For the summer rolls, take Sagegreen's hint and use double wrappers if you are a novice like me. The secret is getting a tight roll up! The picture is from my first attempt--No one seemed to mind my lack of skill--they were all eaten up and I've gotten better at it since then!
lorigoldsby

Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange muscat champagne vinegar (Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange or tangerine juice
  • tangerine or orange zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 Rice paper wrappers
  • 1 cup Cold rice noodles
  • Assorted matchstick cut vegetables like carrots, zucchini, jicima
  • 1 Avocado, thinly sliced
  • 12 (optional) Jumbo shrimp, cooked & chilled
  • 24 Cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup Fresh pea shoots
  • 12 Butter lettuce leaves
  1. In small saucepan, dissolve sugar, zest and liquids to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer until thick and syrupy.
  2. Don't add flakes until syrup consistancy is reached or heat will infuse the sauce.
  3. Leftover sauce will keep in refrigerator 2-3 weeks.
  4. Prepare all vegetables so you can assemble the rolls one after another. Lay out one or two softened rice sheets, on middle third of paper start stacking two cilantro leaves, shrimps (unless vegetarian) avocado and place all matchstick veggies and softened rice noodles* inside of the butter lettuce leaf. Fold sides in and then tightly roll up the rest. You can use a little bit of water on your finger to seal the outer edge.
  5. Chill the rolls with a damp paper or tea towel on top to maintain freshness. When ready to serve, slice in half with a diagonal cut.
  6. * cold softened rice noodles(glass noodles) --some people don't like them--can omit...but if you do use them...only use a small tablespoon in ecah roll. It is quite funny that I have taught several groups to make these, and even though I show them an example, I demo the process...invariably one person still adds enough of the noodles to make a burrito sized spring roll!
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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I want to make these and wondered where the rice noodles come in. Are they mixed with the vegetables? I have never made these before and think they would be a healthy delicious light meal. Thanks.

Lorigoldsby

almost 2 years ago lorigoldsby

S- sorry i just noticed your question! Place a small amount of the softened rice noodles in with the veggies! this was my first attempt at making these and TY for catching that I omitted both in the action and in the directions! I will edit the recipe and post a new pic--I've gotten a bit better in my technique since then!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Just realized I forgot the butter lettuce!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Oh don't feel bad. I posted a cake recipe, and after it was an EP, a kind person pointed out that I'd neglected to mention when to add the dry ingredients.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Love these but haven't made them before, thanks for sharing your recipe! Will get back with my feedback as soon as I can.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I look forward to your comments! If you find a secret method or veggie combo, please post!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Love these! Aren't they fun to make?

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Yes, I really like these "salad rolls"

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Ever since I went to Thailand I have been a huge fan of these kinds of rolls. I am so glad that you found my garden rolls helpful. I find it easier just to make them than to describe how to make them.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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totally agree

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen--I totally forgot it was you that suggested the double wrapper method--I corrected my text to give you the credit you deserve!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen--I totally forgot it was you that suggested the double wrapper method--I corrected my text to give you the credit you deserve!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen--I totally forgot it was you that suggested the double wrapper method--I corrected my text to give you the credit you deserve!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen--I totally forgot it was you that suggested the double wrapper method--I corrected my text to give you the credit you deserve!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen--I totally forgot it was you that suggested the double wrapper method--I corrected my text to give you the credit you deserve!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sagegreen--I totally forgot it was you that suggested the double wrapper method--I corrected my text to give you the credit you deserve!

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

They look vastly better than my first attempt! I think they're beautiful, and these are one of my summertime favorites.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks! One of my favorites as well. One of the things I love about food52 is that we can be "real" about our trials and tribulations in the kitchen. Cooking is all about the journey!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Seriously, my first (and second and.....) attempt at these looked like I'd been blindfolded while making them. They might have been better if I had been. And the expletives flying around . . . . well, one of my son's early words began with s. What can I say? Sometimes you're just in the moment.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I tell everyone our daughter's first word was "horse", and it might have been, but she did have an "advanced" vocabulary from being in the kitchen with me! But I couldn't brag about that!! LOL

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Beautiful!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thank you, I do like the pretty green and orange veggies against the milky white of the rice paper!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Absolutely beautiful, am dying to try to make these, such perfect summer fare. The photo is so pretty. Never worked with rice paper wrappers before must try!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I found them much easier than I thought they would be! They look so delicate, it was a little intimidating. If they tear, then just wrap once more!

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over 3 years ago pauljoseph

Excellent

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks PJ!