Enter: summer rolls.
Summer rolls, also known as fresh spring rolls, are made from a delicious combination of crisp veggies, fresh herbs, and protein (often shrimp) and/or cold noodles, all of which get tucked neatly inside a translucent rice paper wrapper. Summer rolls are Vietnamese in origin, though you'll find a variety of recipes—from salmon and avocado to fresh fruit filling—that also embrace the rice paper wrapper used to make them all across the internet. And yes, they're perfect for al fresco dinner parties or DIY picnics because they're handheld and don't bring any additional heat to the proverbial table.
Ready to get rolling? Find seven tasty summer roll recipes below. Remember: No matter the summer roll recipe or variety, delicious dipping sauce is a must.
7 summer roll recipes that taste even better than they look.
1. Asparagus, Chard, and Soba Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Don't let the stunning presentation fool you—this soba-filled summer roll is super simple to make (not to mention packed with vitamins A, C, and K).
Get the recipe: Asparagus, Chard, and Soba Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
2. Smoked Salmon and Avocado Summer Rolls
This foolproof summer roll recipe combines smoked salmon, avocado, and cucumber into one giant, handheld roll. (Swoon.)
Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon and Avocado Summer Rolls
3. Fresh Fruit Spring Rolls
Showing off in-season produce isn't limited to veggies. Here, Ciara Attwell of My Fussy Eater gives the classic fruit salad an imaginative (and highly 'grammable) twist, flaunting mouthwatering ripe fruit in all its colorful glory.
Get the recipe: Fresh Fruit Spring Rolls
4. Summer Rolls with Garden Veggies, Basil, and Tahini Chili Sauce
Although This Rawsome Vegan Life blogger Emily von Euw's recipe has a flexible ingredient list, it's hard not to fall for the color-coordinated veggies she went with herself (that would be grated beets, carrots, and tomatoes). Apply that some theory to your own rolls, whether they're orange, yellow, or green from top to bottom.
Get the recipe: Summer Rolls with Garden Veggies, Basil, and Tahini Chili Sauce
5. Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce
The real star of this recipe is the peanut hoisin dipping sauce, made with hoisin, immunity-boosting ginger, and sriracha—talk about a delicious kick.
Get the recipe: Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce
6. Strawberry Spinach Spring Rolls
You could call this roll a handheld salad. It's packed with spinach, strawberries, feta, pecans, and balsamic reduction—which might sound a lot like your go-to salad bar lunch combo, but this version definitely tastes way better. (Okay, that might be anecdotal, but generally things are way more fun to eat when you don't need utensils.)
Get the recipe: Strawberry Spinach Spring Rolls
7. Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce
All those colors in your rolls? They're not just pretty—they also signal loads of nutrient goodness. Mint calms the stomach, mango gives a vitamin C and A boost, and beets are fibrous and full of antioxidants. And there's an added bonus: They take less than 30 minutes. Take that, weeknight dinner!
Get the recipe: Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce
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