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Summer Rolls Recipe with Two Dipping Sauces


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I’ve always been enamored with the colorful flavors of Southeast Asia. The layers of sweet, salty and spicy inspire so many of the dishes that emerge from my kitchen. Over the past several years, it’s become possible to find kosher ingredients to recreate some of the best-loved foods from Thailand and Vietnam. I make a regular pilgrimage to the Asian food markets that dot the outer boroughs of New York City and I am constantly amazed at the low prices and variety of fresh produce that are available.

In the summer, when I’m looking beyond soups and stews to satisfy family and friends, I turn my gaze far eastward. In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, they know how to beat the heat with bright salads, cool fruit drinks, and the Summer Roll.

The Summer Roll is a close relative of the conventional Chinese egg roll, except the Summer Roll is not deep fried and is usually served at room temperature and at only about 120 calories, about half that of an egg roll, is surprisingly filling.

You can fill the rice paper wrap with virtually any shredded or julienned vegetable or fruit and rice vermicelli (think spaghetti made from rice flour). Sliced chicken, beef, or fake crab meat can also be added, but I typically make mine meatless. Smoked or baked tofu is a great way to add protein and keep it pareve as well as seared tuna or salmon.

The spicy peanut sauce we use for dipping is so much more interesting than the cloying sweet and sour sauce we might use for an egg roll or Chinese noodles. Any leftover sauce can be used for dipping chicken nuggets or mixed with lowfat mayonnaise or yogurt for a delightfully different salad dressing.

It takes a little practice to get the amounts just right (don’t overstuff), but after a few tries, you’ll be on a roll!

Make your Summer Rolls and serve with your choice of dipping sauces, really any thick salad dressing would work, but my favorite is this Peanut Sauce and when I want to go a little lighter on the calories I go for Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.

Let me know if you make your own Summer Rolls and what you put inside.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




13 Responses to Summer Rolls Recipe with Two Dipping Sauces

  1. avatar says: rachel

    where can you buy the rice paper?

  2. avatar says: Lucy Fox

    I learned how to make this from my Vietnamese foster kids.

    You can substitute cabbage with some boston lettuce. there is also something called…”hare” in Vietnamese” cooks use to put in these. It is a long green thing looks like scallions…lol.I use rice noodles in them as well.
    Some suggestions you can use.

  3. I make summer rolls all the time! They are so fresh! I love eating mine with a spicy cilantro peanut Sauce

  4. Tamar, I’ve been so obsessed with spring rolls lately. I’m so glad for another recipe! They’re so lovely for these hot summer months, especially in Miami!

  5. Looks very refreshing – perfect for a hot summer day!

  6. Beautiful, filling and only 120 calories! I am thrilled.

  7. avatar says: Sina

    Looks amazing. I want to try making rolls like these this summer. Light and filling.

  8. I love ordering summer rolls, but now you have inspired me to try to make some. Especially since I’m obsessed with thai chili sauce lately.

  9. avatar says: pam

    Thanks, these are great. I am wondering if one is allowed to soak and roll the papers on Shabbat?

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