Summer Rolls

Summer rolls are really a salad but they don’t feel like salad. After a couple of unseasonably warm April days, these fresh, delicious rolls made a great dinner. You can find the rice paper in any oriental supermarket and it’s also readily available on Amazon. I did get back home a little late so I was a bit lazy in making a dipping sauce, just using some pre-made sauces that we had but sweet chilli, soy sauce, satay sauce and hoisin sauce would all be great options. Dipping the rice paper into the water meant my hands were always wet and it was difficult to take pictures of the assembly but as you can see, my rolls were more oblong shaped and it doesn’t really affect the taste.

Makes about 12 rolls


  • 2 small carrots
  • 10g mint
  • 10g coriander leaves
  • 100g pack of pre-cooked prawns
  • 200g pack vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 iceberg lettuce
  • rice paper (one pack usually contains at least 50 wrappers)


1.) Microwave the vermicelli noodles according to the instructions.

2.) Peel the carrots and chop them into thin batons about the length of a third of a carrot. Add to a mixing bowl. (You will also need a mixing bowl bigger than the size of your rice paper so bear that in mind in your container choice).

3.) Wash and chop the lettuce into thin strips and add with the carrots.

4.) Finely chop the herbs and add with the lettuce and carrots

5.) Chop up the prawns and add to the salad.

6.) Add the noodles to the bowl and mix everything.

7.) Fill the largest mixing bowl you have with cold water and place a rice paper wrapper in to soak.

8.) Leave for about 30 seconds until soft. When they’re too soft they end up sticking together so keep an eye on it.

9.) Place the rice paper on a plate (it won’t stick) and place the next wrapper in the water.

10.) Dump some of the mixture in the middle of the rice paper

11.) Wrap it up like a burrito – ends first then middle bits.

12.) Repeat until all the mixture is used up.

13.) Serve with your dipping sauce of choice. I found these kept quite nicely in the fridge with some foil over them for the next day.

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