If I had to pick one of my absolute favorite plant-based meals, it would be these tofu and veggies summer rolls! I may say that about a lot of recipes, but this meal just hits different.
They’re loaded with colorful veggies, and paired with the most amazing coconut peanut butter dipping sauce.
I’ve been making summer rolls for years, and can tell you from experience that they weren’t always easy for me to make. After a lot of trial and error, I finally figured out how to make the perfect summer roll, and am excited to finally share them with you!
The fillings in these is so customizable, so you can leave out or add in anything you prefer.
Tips for making the perfect summer roll
Chop your veggies ahead of time
Having your fillings washed & chopped, and all in front of you is key. I like to have them all on a cutting board, and usually start filling with the bigger veggie like the lettuce.
Don’t over soak your rice paper
Your rice paper should still slightly hold its form when it comes out of the water. It will continue to soften as it sits and gets filled, so you don’t want to start off with a soft rice paper.
Make sure your veggies don’t have sharp edges
When cutting lettuce or carrots, make sure the sharp ends are cut off, or stay in the center of the rice paper. I prefer shaving the carrots with a veggie peeler so that the carrot sticks don’t rip through the rice paper, and using the top part of the lettuce leaves.
Use pre-baked tofu
I try to bake my tofu at the beginning of the week so that I can easily throw together these summer rolls when I crave them. I simply marinate sliced tofu in coconut aminos for 20 minutes, then bake it or air fry it and store it in the fridge.
Watch the video below for an easy tutorial!
What you’ll need to make veggie & tofu summer rolls
- rice paper– I usually grab my rice paper at the Asian section in the grocery store
- colorful veggies: lettuce, carrots, purple cabbage, cucumbers
- baked tofu– or you can swap you favorite baked protein like tempeh, fish or chicken!
- mint leaves– optional, but they add such a good freshness!
- peanuts for added crunch
You can seriously fill these with anything you like! The spicy coconut peanut dipping sauce is an absolute MUST for these! It’s sweet & spicy, and adds so much flavor.
I know they may seem overwhelming to make, but practice makes perfect so I hope you give these a try!