I always pack these colorful, healthy Vietnamese summer rolls with full of veggies. They are great as an appetizer or as a light meal. Paired with creamy tahini dipping sauce. I love using my favorite mixture of veggies to get a variety of textures, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Vietnamese summer rolls are the perfect meal if you are on a low-carb diet, or you want to level up your vegetable intake.
Vietnamese Summer rolls vs Spring rolls
“Vietnam incorporates spring rolls in many of its dishes but is more famous for its summer rolls (gỏi cuốn). Fresher, lighter, and decidedly healthier than its deep-fried cousin. It’s a completely different food experience altogether.”*
LOW-FAT + MUCH FIBER + PLANT-BASED ENERGY!!
Did you know that vegetables are full of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that provide many important health benefits to your body? Also they are a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that helps pass food through your digestive system. Since you can make the Vietnamese summer rolls from many different healthy ingredients, that means a huge amount of fibre will be provided to your body, which then strongly supports your digestive system.
Just don’t forget wash the raw ingredients carefully before eating!
Health Benefits of Tahini (Sesame butter)*
Tahini is a paste made from toasted and ground sesame seeds. It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient and you can serve as a dip, (for Vietnamese summer rolls:), spread, or condiment. It typically has a smooth texture similar to nut butter but a stronger.
Tahini may improve heart health, reduced inflammation, and potential cancer-fighting effects. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus its health benefits may include reducing risk factors for heart disease and protecting brain health
Tahini is a tasty way to add powerful antioxidants and healthy fats to your diet, as well as several vitamins and minerals. You can use this versatile ingredient such as a dressing for falafel or salad bowls or you can try my famously delicious Tahini brownie.
Overall, tahini is a simple, healthy, and flavorful addition to your diet
+ you can serve and enjoy your healthy Vietnamese summer rolls with a delicious tahini souce with NO PEANUT!
Vietnamese summer rollCourse: AppetizersDifficulty: Easy
FOR THE ROLL
5 rice wrappers
5 iceberg lettuce leaves
1 carrot, cut into ribbons with a julienne peeler
1 cucumber, cut into ribbons with a julienne peeler
50 g red cabbage, finely sliced
1 mango, sliced
3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1 tbsp sesame seed
FOR THE TAHINI DIPPING SAUCE
170 g tahini
20 g coconut amino or soy sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
10 g lime juice
1-2 tbsp water
2 pinches of chili
- Put all the dipping ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until combined, then set aside.
- Fill a large shallow bowl with warm water. Take one rice wrapper at a time and quickly dip it into the warm water until the wrapper will start to soften and feel a bit sticky. Transfer the wrapper onto a clean dry flat surface.
- Place iceberg lettuce leaf on it, then put some carrots, cucumbers red cabbages, and mango slices in the center of the rice wrapper into a log shape, leaving 2 inches of space on each side. Be careful, don’t stuff over. Top with some coriander leaves, pomegranate seeds, and sesame seeds.
- Bring the bottom of the rice wrapper up and over the filling, fold in one side and then the other side, and continue to roll up from the bottom. Repeat until you have filled all your rice paper rolls.
* Sources: https://www.healthline.com/ ; https://theculturetrip.com/