Rainbow Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce

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Beat the heat with these antioxidant-packed Rainbow Summer Rolls and one seriously delicious Spicy Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce.

Close up of summer rice paper rolls filled with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables on marble counter

Things I’ve done this summer: narrowly avoided sunburn, taken almost daily walks, had far too many coffees, swung on the playground swings for a good half hour every other morning even though the seat hurt my butt, had never ending family dinners and picnics, watched the new Star Wars (with only two pee-breaks), planted some new passionfruit, harvested my chamomile, calendula and peppermint (and dried them ready for tea blends and cream-making), put on a few (whoops, damn you Christmas fruit cake), introduced my 14-month old neice to the art of drawing on oneself (soz, sis), dipped a toe in the ocean (water wimp right here), and made multiple summer rice paper rolls for dinner. A holiday well spent!

Today’s recipe may not be revolutionary – the classic summer roll – but the dipping sauce certainly is. And in my opinion, it’s always the sauces and dressings that take a meal from yum to HOLY YUM.

I’m also going to share the art of rolling said summer rolls, because let me tell you, there most certainly is a knack to it.

Before we begin, I’m sure I don’t have to extoll the virtues of this recipe, but I’m going to anyway – because mine are rainbow summer rolls and they are packed full of goodies.

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A rainbow of finely sliced fresh fruits and vegetables laid out decoratively on a marble counter, destined for summer rolls

Nutritional Highlights

  • Eat the rainbow! It is the phytonutrient content of brightly coloured raw fruits and vegetables that help protect us against disease (and cancer), fight oxidative stress and inflammation and promote longevity
  • The darker the colour the better – and where possible – leave the skin on. The skins of fresh raw fruits and vegetables are by far greater concentrated in these phytonutrients (for example, a cucumber is quite pale, yet the skin is dark, so you want to wash well and leave it on for maximum benefit)
  • Being packed full of raw goodness, these rolls are naturally fibre-rich
  • Vitamins: whilst minerals are heat stable (they come from the earth’s crust, after all), vitamins are not. Vitamin C is particularly sensitive to heat so consuming raw fruits and vegetables is the way to go to ensure you are meeting your daily quota
  • Plant protein: you don’t need to rely on chicken or prawns for your summer rolls, tofu and edamame beans are great alternatives

A rice paper wrapper with freshly sliced vegetables and avocado ready to be rolled, on a wooden board

So how about that Spicy Peanut Lime dipping sauce?

The dipping sauce is a complex mix of flavours: olive oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds and peanut butter lend the creaminess. Tamari give it a bit of salty. Apple cider vinegar and fresh lime juice add the tanginess. Red chilli and ginger gives it kick. The absolute perfect match for these Rainbow Summer Rolls.

Overhead shot of 12 colourful rice paper rolls on a plate with a rich dipping sauce in a ceramic bowl next to them

How to Roll Rainbow Summer Rolls

  1. Fill a dinner plate with warm water and soak the rice paper wrapper for a couple of minutes until soft
  2. Transfer to a clean surface
  3. Place 2-3 tablespoons worth of filling just a little below centre
  4. Fold up the lower edge
  5. Fold the sides over
  6. Roll up like a cigar

Resist the urge to be greedy and stuff your roll to the brim – it will be a nightmare to roll! 

A step by step photo montage showing how to roll Vietnamese rice paper rolls

That’s all from me today my friends. I wish you all a magical year ahead. Thanks for reading, see you next week,


Close up of brightly coloured summer rice paper rolls filled with fruits and vegetables laid out in rows on a marble bench top

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Close up of bright coloured rice paper rolls full of vegetables
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Rainbow Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce

Antioxidant-packed Vietnamese rice paper rolls and a tangy peanut sauce – the perfect summer fare! Makes 12 rice paper rolls (serves 3 people) and yields 1 cup sauce which should serve around 12 (4 teaspoons sauce per 4 rolls).
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main
Cuisine: Gluten free, Healthy, Plant-based
Servings: 3
Calories: 552kcal


Rainbow Summer Rolls

  • 50 g rice vermicelli noodles
  • ¾ block firm tofu about 200g
  • 12 rice paper wrappers
  • 1 medium red capsicum
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 large mango cheek
  • 1 kiwifruit
  • ¼ cup shelled edamame
  • ½ medium cucumber about 85g
  • 1 ½ cups red cabbage shredded
  • 24 mint leaves
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 spring onion/green onion
  • Black sesame seeds to sprinkle

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ginger peeled + minced
  • Juice of two limes
  • 2 inch piece of red chilli de-seeded


Rainbow Summer Rolls

  • Cut the tofu into thick slices, pat dry with a paper towel, and cook in a little oil on low-medium heat in a frying pan till done one both sides, about five minutes. Once cooked, cut into batons/matchsticks.
  • Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles in a pot of boiling water for two minutes, drain and set aside. Add fresh water to the pot, and boil edamame beans for five minutes, drain and set aside.
  • Prep all fruits and vegetables – wash and slice thinly or use a mandolin to speed the process up (about 20 minutes prep here).
  • One by one, take a rice paper wrapper and place on a dinner plate filled with water. Let soften. Transfer to a wooden board and add 2-3 tablespoons of filling in the centre.
  • Fold over one edge, then wrap up the sides, and roll.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • Peel and mince the ginger, then add all ingredients to a blender and blend till smooth. You may like to add a tablespoon of water for a thinner consistency. Enjoy!


Calories: 552kcal


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Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

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