The Way We Roll: Shrimp Summer Rolls with Two Dipping Sauces

By Judy Allen / Photography By Judy Allen | Last Updated May 01, 2015
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It’s hard not to taste summertime when you bite into a tender yet crisp summer roll. The crispness comes from the vegetable fi, for these classic Vietnamese treats are not fried— rice paper skins are soaked briefly in warm water to soften them enough to roll around an assortment of fresh ingredients.

I like to fill them with cooked shrimp, al dente rice stick noodles and an array of fresh herbs and veggies: mint, basil, cilantro, shredded cabbage, carrots and cucumber sticks, for starters. Feel free to swap with your favorite ingredients; shredded chicken, avocado and thinly sliced bell peppers make suitable substitutes.

There is a small Vietnamese restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, that gives customers the option of rolling summer rolls at the table. The process is quite fun, but the first step is a necessary one: Make sure all of the ingredients are prepped ahead of time, and have them within easy reach before the rolling begins. Once the sheets of rice paper are softened in water you won’t have time for slicing and dicing.

Store the wrapped rolls in a dish or plastic container that’s roomy enough to hold them without touching. Place a damp paper towel in the bottom of the container to keep the rolls moist, then cover them tightly with a lid or plastic wrap.

Shrimp Summer Rolls

Shrimp summer roll ingredients
Rice stick noodles and rice paper wrappers can be found in Asian grocery stores and many supermarkets. If not serving immediately, keep the summer rolls tightly covered with plastic wrap at room...

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
Nuoc cham is a classic Vietnamese dipping sauce that is salty, tart, spicy and a bit sweet all at the same time. Adjust the flavors according to your own taste preferences.

Peanut-Coconut Dipping Sauce

Peanut-Coconut Dipping Sauce
This rich, nutty sauce pairs nicely with the crisp, fresh flavors within summer rolls. I like to toss any leftover sauce with cooked whole-wheat noodles, throw in shredded chicken, grated carrots and...
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