Vegan Summer Rolls with Fresh Basil

By Alexandra Caspero on May 16, 2019

A light & healthy dinner for nights you don’t feel like cooking. Vegan summer rolls stuffed with crisp vegetables, tofu & basil. Spicy peanut sauce to dip!

Vegan Summer Rolls With Fresh Basil

Vegan summer rolls! I fondly like to think of these guys as kitchen sink rolls, mostly because everything and anything can go into them, and they will always taste amazing. Also, I prefer to eat them over my kitchen sink to allow for extra peanut sauce to drip down my fingers.

I like to keep a package of rice paper wrappers in the pantry at all times, especially when I have a produce drawer full of vegetable scraps. 1/2 a pepper here, 1/4 head of cabbage there, throw in 2 scallions, just chop up and add some basil and you are good to go.

Rolling The Summer Rolls Is Easy With Practise!

I absolutely adore Vietnamese food. There’s a place in St. Louis that I head to at least once a month and always order the exact same thing: an order of fresh spring rolls and the vegetarian pho.  Thankfully, BL doesn’t get the appeal so I get to enjoy both of the rolls each time we go.

I know these often sound difficult to make, but I promise that they are very simple to put together once you get the hang of rolling. The biggest pain, in my opinion, is prepping all of your ingredients ahead of time. To slice the carrots, peppers and cucumber in record time I used this julienne peeler. It’s probably the best $7 you could spend if you do a lot of slicing. It also makes for perfect, thinly-sliced vegetables for salads and slaws.

Dipping The Summer Rolls Into The Peanut Sauce

How to Make Vegan Summer Rolls

You can purchase spring roll wrappers online, at specialty grocery stores or at some well-stocked grocery stores. I typically grab mine at Dierburgs in St. Louis or at Whole Foods. If you have a hard time finding them, then grab a couple of packages at a time- trust me, you’ll use them once you see how easy they are to make!

Place all of your prepped ingredients on a large plate near your work station, then fill a large, shallow bowl with warm water.

One at a time, place a spring roll wrapper into the bowl and let soak for 15-20 seconds until just softened. Take care not to let them oversoak, or they will become too soft to roll.

Remove the spring roll wrapper from the bowl and place on a clean surface. Place all of your ingredients on the rolls, stacking them in the center. Then, roll like a burrito. Start from one shorter end and cover the toppings, pulling the wrap underneath them. Tuck the two long sides in, then roll again to seal.

It’s OK if your first one doesn’t work out; consider it a little snack while you wrap the others. I don’t worry about small tears, but if the filling starts to come out then you can either place it on another wrap and double wrap them or just start over again.

Fresh Basil Spring Rolls
Bowl Of Basil And Vegetables For The Summer Rolls

If you like these, then you’ll want to try my other spring roll recipes: mango avocado rolls, & Vietnamese tofu rolls. Vietnamese tofu rolls.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Vegan Summer Rolls with Fresh Basil

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 rolls 1x
  • Category: dinner, salad, Vietnamese, vegan, glutenfree
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Vegan Summer Rolls with Fresh Basil! Spring rolls stuffed with fresh basil, tofu and vegetables with a spicy peanut dipping sauce.

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 rolls 1x
  • Category: dinner, salad, Vietnamese, vegan, glutenfree
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 rolls 1x
  • Category: dinner, salad, Vietnamese, vegan, glutenfree
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


  • 810 rice paper sheets
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled vermicelli or pasta noodles
  • 6 oz. baked teriyaki tofu, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 10 large basil leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots

Peanut Dipping Sauce: 

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2” fresh ginger
  • small clove of garlic


  1. Place all ingredients for the peanut sauce in a blender or food processor and puree until creamy. Set aside.
  2. Prepare all of your filling ingredients. The wrappers will dry out after soaked, so you’ll need to work quickly to wrap them.
  3. Add warm water to a large shallow bowl. Place 1 rice paper in and let sit for until soft, about 30 seconds. Remove and place on cutting board or pastry board.
  4. Place 1 basil leaf in the center of the paper, 1-2 strips of tofu, and 1/8 of the noodles and 1/8 of the thinly sliced vegetables.
  5. Fold like a burrito: Fold the short end of the tortilla up so the contents don’t spill out of the bottom, tucking the end in. Fold one of the long sides over the top of the filling. Place your fingers perpendicular across the fold, cup the tortilla over the filling and push the edge against the filling to make sure the fold is tight. Wrap the remaining long end over the folds.
  6. Set aside and repeat until all rolls are made.
  7. Serve immediately with dipping sauce!

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    1. Christy Lea
      December 16, 2019 AT 10:13 pm

      I finally made these even though it’s 21 degrees here in the Ozarks. I too was intimidated but seeing your post & then a I watched a video on making them and I said “I got this”!
      I made a sweet dipping sauce instead of the peanut. They hit the spot! . Thanks Alex
      Merry Christmas ✝️

    2. Katie
      October 3, 2019 AT 1:35 pm

      This is great! Especially as I prefer the vegetarian option. Although, I’m wondering if instead of basil leaf, I can use a different option. Also looking forward to substituting mock duck for tofu to see if it changes the taste.

      1. Alex
        October 4, 2019 AT 8:39 am

        Yes! I think mock-duck would be a delicious option!

    3. Katie Ramirez
      June 19, 2019 AT 8:02 pm

      Sooo good! And sooo easy! Will def be doing this one again and again!

      1. Katie Ramirez
        June 19, 2019 AT 8:03 pm

        Oh and the peanut sauce… is amazing!!

    4. Kathleen @ Produce On Parade
      May 17, 2019 AT 10:31 am

      Oooo, Alex!! I love spring rolls. They are so fresh and healthy and delicious. Have you tried them with sweet chili sauce? So good! You are a professional wrapper by the way; these are gorgeous!

      1. Alex
        May 21, 2019 AT 12:47 pm

        Yes! Love sweet chili sauce. One of my favorite lazy dinners is tofu cubes tossed in sweet chili sauce on a salad. So yummy!

    5. Jill Evans
      July 20, 2018 AT 10:42 am

      Can you make these a day ahead of time? Needing something for a potluck and won’t have time the morning of. Thanks!

    6. Allison
      July 1, 2014 AT 4:56 am

      Summer rolls for the win! I can’t get enough of their texture. Also, Asian flavours with basil make my heart skip a beat. Love this recipe!

    7. Vanessa
      June 27, 2014 AT 9:21 am

      Yum! I’ve always wanted to make rolls but the thin paper intimidates me. I’ll have to give these a try!

      1. DK
        June 28, 2014 AT 2:19 pm

        It intimidated me the firs time as well but once you get the hang of it- it’s really easy! The trick is not oversoaking them 🙂