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Vietnamese Spring Rolls - A Healthy and Gluten Free Recipe

Updated on April 27, 2015
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes travelling and making papercraft models.


Vietnamese spring rolls are quick and easy to make. The ingredients consist of mainly vegetables and prawns - a healthy and delicious choice for health conscious beings. The spring rolls are wrapped with rice paper and are suitable for those who are on a gluten free diet.

Spring rolls will be ready in less than 30 minutes

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 10 spring rolls

List of condiments for making the special dipping sauce

2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1-2 tablespoons fish sauce

Mix all the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Ingredients for spring roll

  • 1 packet rice paper (16 cm round)
  • 100 grams rice vermicelli
  • 10 large prawns
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • A pinch of salt
  • Pepper


  1. Put the rice vermicelli in a pot and pour boiling water over it.
  2. Place the pot on the stove and boil for another minute.
  3. Remove the pot from the stove and discard the water.
  4. Pour cold water over the rice vermicelli and soak for 15 seconds.
  5. Discard the water and set aside the rice vermicelli for later use.
  6. Wash and shell the prawns. De-vein the prawns before cutting them into smaller chunks.
  7. Heat up a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.
  8. Fry the minced garlic until fragrant. Add in the prawn chunks, a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Cook the prawns for about two minutes and remove from heat. Set aside to cool.
  10. Peel and grate the carrots. Cut the tomatoes into thin slices. Cut the lettuce and mint leaves into strips.

Preparing the ingredients

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lettuce leaves, tomatoes, carrots
lettuce leaves, tomatoes, carrots | Source
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cooked rice vermicelli
cooked rice vermicelli | Source
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rice paper | Source
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pot of warm water for soaking the rice paper
pot of warm water for soaking the rice paper | Source

Wrapping the spring rolls

Soak a sheet of rice paper in warm water for about half a minute or until it starts to soften. It should feel soft like a piece of cloth. Spread out the rice paper on a moist cheesecloth. Put a small amount of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, prawns, mint and rice vermicelli near the bottom end of the rice paper. Fold the bottom end of the paper over the ingredients to cover them. Fold in the left and right sides so that none of the ingredients are peeking out. Carefully roll the wrapped ingredients firmly towards the other end to make a spring roll. Continue making the spring rolls until all the ingredients are used up.

Serve the spring rolls with dipping sauce.

How to wrap the spring rolls

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Place ingredients on the rice paper
Place ingredients on the rice paper | Source
Fold bottom edge of rice paper over the ingredients
Fold bottom edge of rice paper over the ingredients | Source
Fold the sides
Fold the sides | Source
A spring roll
A spring roll | Source

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      findwholeness, these Vietnamese spring rolls will suit your dietary requirement and they are healthy, too.

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      Kristine McAdams 4 years ago from Midwest

      Yum! I should make some of these. I avoid wheat and fructose, so these would work for me.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you.. I appreciate your comment :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This looks lovely and light! Great recipe!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      kitkat1141, that's a great idea for a delicious lunch, I can't wait to have roast beef in a roll! Thank you for these wonderful tips on using rice paper!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      adity5, I hope you get to try out this recipe soon!

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      kitkat1141 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I make these regularly, and love them. Never really thought about the fact that they are gluten free! I also use rice paper wrappers for left over salad with dressing, that would have otherwise been thrown out. Instead, I wrap it in the rice paper when putting away the food after dinner, and add some chicken or whatever protein I was eating. Makes a great lunch for the next day!

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      adity5 5 years ago

      Ohh thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      livingsta, thank you for voting, sharing, pinning and commenting.. very much appreciated!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Riviera Rose, now you can make your own spring rolls by the dozen and they are a lot cheaper, too!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      carol7777, I love these spring rolls, too because they are more healthy than the fried ones. Thanks for pinning :)

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful recipe and sure is a healthy one too! Thank you for sharing. Voted up, sharing and pinning!

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      Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France

      I adore Vietnamese spring rolls but I've never considered making my own. Nice to know it is do-able!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great recipe and so healthy. I love these rolls. Going to pin for sure.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      torrilynn, these vietnamese spring rolls are so easy to make, I hope you'll get to try them soon. Thank you for commenting, voting and sharing :)

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      hi lady rain,

      thanks for this recipe here on how to make vietnamese spring rolls

      im always interested in tryin new and different foods that i haven't heard

      or tried before. i appreciate the fact that it is gluten free and healthy for those who

      might have diabetes. thanks once again.

      voted up and shared