Summer Rolls + Dipping Sauce

Summer Rolls {Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan} | Wheat-Free Meat-Free

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup apricot jelly
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot and set over medium heat. Once bubbling, cook for 2 minutes until syrupy. Allow to cool.

Making Dipping Sauce | Wheat-Free Meat-Free

Summer Rolls

  • 3 cups water
  • salt
  • 2 ounces maifun (rice vermicelli)
  • 1/3 ounce fresh basil leaves (1/4 cup well-packed)
  • 2 ounces soft lettuce or spring mix
  • 2 ounces carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 ounces cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 8 rice papers
  1. Put the water and a couple large pinches of salt in a small pot. Set over high heat until simmering. Put the maifun in a medium bowl. Pour the water over the maifun and let sit for 15 minutes until soft.
  2. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Place one rice paper in the water. Allow to soften, 45-60 seconds. Lay on a flat surface. Layer in one-eighth of the basil, lettuce, carrots, cucumber and noodles about one-third of the way from the edge. Tightly pull the paper over the top and around the filling. Fold in the sides of the paper. Then roll forward. Set aside. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Serves 4

Making Summer Rolls | Wheat-Free Meat-Free

It helps to keep the work surface wet to keep the rice paper from sticking to it. Try to keep the filling as tightly packed as possible and roll the rice paper as tightly as possible. I know this is easier said than done. Remove any stems from the lettuce to keep them from poking through the rice paper. It also helps to keep the carrots and cucumber more towards the middle of the roll to keep them from poking through as well.

This recipe is being shared in Meat Free MondaysAllergy Free WednesdayFull Plate Thursday, and Gluten Free Fridays.

Looking for More Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes?

Take a look at my book, The Wheat-Free Meat-Free Cookbook: 100 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes.

A sampling of the recipes included:
  • Breakfasts: Cinnamon Quinoa Muffins, Yeasted Waffles, Gooey Butter Cake,
  • Sides: Patatas Bravas, Pea and New Potato Salad, Braised Celery,
  • Mains: Corn Waffle Sandwiches, Enchiladas with Green Sauce, Pesto Asparagus Galette, and
  • Desserts: Blueberry Mango Crisp, Baklava Rolls, Amaretto Cake.

You can see the full recipe list on the Amazon page.


  1. I love this! I’m going to have to try it without the chili, but I think it will stand up. I’m always looking for alternative dips and this looks yummy!

  2. The rolls look so interesting. I never tried cooking with rice paper before, but it looks easier than I imagined.

  3. I love Summer Rolls, these look fantastic! Hope you are having a fantastic day and we are so excited that you shared your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Thanks so much and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. These look gorgeous. I definitely wouldn’t manage to make them so neat looking. Thanks for linking up to Meat Free Mondays. Featured, Stumbled, Pinned and Tweeted :)

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