Spring Rolls are a traditional Vietnamese dish made with rice paper wrappers filled with fresh veggies, herbs, and either tofu, shrimp, or chicken. These are served fresh for a healthy appetizer or meal with just 100 calories per roll.
Healthy spring rolls packed with fresh veggies, tofu or shrimp, and served with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce make the best appetizer, lunch, or dinner. We love having them as an appetizer when we have an Asian themed dinner to switch things up from the usual healthy egg rolls or sesame soy edamame.
Whenever we get Vietnamese food, the first thing I order is the spring rolls. Not only are they delicious, I like to start with something that is light and fresh. Filling up with veggies is always a good way to start a meal. That way I don't end up eating a plateful of noodles. Plus I am a sucker for dipping sauces and with spring rolls there are so many good options. You can't go wrong with peanut sauce but the traditional fish sauce and soy sauce options are pretty spectacular as well.
For these spring rolls, I stuck to the traditional fillings - lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, fresh herbs, and tofu. If you aren't a tofu fan, these are delicious with cooked shrimp or even chicken. You can also add cooked vermicelli rice noodles, which are traditionally used. I left them out to cut down on the calories and leave more room for veggies.
Although spring rolls are best served fresh, these will keep for a few days in the fridge. The best way to store a spring roll is to wrap it individually in plastic wrap before putting it in the fridge. This will keep the rice paper as moist as possible and will also prevent the rice paper from sticking and tearing. They will keep for a few days in the fridge stored this way. However, depending on the fillings, you may have to adjust this.
There are so many different options for what to include in a spring roll. In the recipe, I included my personal favorites, but below I have included a more comprehensive list so you can create your own spring rolls.
Fresh spring rolls are very healthy, especially if you pack them full of raw veggies and lean protein. The biggest questions people have the healthfulness of spring rolls is the wrapper. Spring roll wrappers are low in fat and calories. One piece of rice paper usually has between 30-40 calories. When spring rolls because less healthy are when they are fried. Deep fried spring rolls absorb a lot fo the oil they are cooked in and aren't as healthy as the fresh version. They also normally contain less healthful fillings like ground pork sausage.
There are many differences between egg rolls and spring rolls. First off is their country of origin. Spring rolls are normally Vietnamese while egg rolls are from China. Next comes the wrappers. Spring rolls are wrapped in rice paper, which is made from rice flour. They are transparent and normally very thin. On the other hand, egg roll wrappers are made with flour and eggs generally. They are thicker than a spring roll wrapper. Although spring rolls can be served fresh or fried, egg rolls are always fried. Lastly comes the fillings. Egg rolls are typically stuffed with ground meat and cabbage. Spring rolls usually have rice noodles and vegetables. They sometimes may have meat or shrimp as well.
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