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Minimalist Baker

Simple Food, Simply Delicious

Cutting board with a batch of Vegan Vietnamese Spring Rolls with almond butter dipping sauce

This is my kind of soul food.

The kind that’s fresh, filling, and loaded with flavor. And that doesn’t make you feel like crap afterwards. Now that’s (healthy) livin’.

Freshly chopped vegetables for making Vietnamese Vegan Spring Rolls (<- yes, we have a cookbook!) but never with such an abundance of flavorful components and herbs.

Typically I leave my tofu raw, but not this time. I gave it a crispy edge by dredging it in cornstarch and sautéing it sesame oil. Then, I tossed it in my savory almond butter dipping sauce and gave it another flash “fry” in the pan.

The result was a tender, slightly crispy, perfectly seasoned tofu that’s way batter than raw without being too complicated.

Pan of Crispy Stir-Fried Tofu for adding to homemade spring rollsSoftened spring roll wrapper topped with rice noodles, vegetables, and tofu for delicious Vegan Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Another new component is the dipping sauce.

Typically, Vietnamese spring rolls come with a vinegar-based sauce, but, sorry no. I just can’t pass up the opportunity to whip up a creamy nut-based sauce. They’re just way more savory, satisfying and sexy.

I love a good peanut sauce for spring rolls, but because peanuts can be a li’l hard to digest I went with almond butter as the base. Still so good and perfectly savory and sweet. What’s not to love?

Freshly rolled Vietnamese Vegan Spring Rolls with a bowl of Almond Butter Dipping SauceBatch of our homemade Vegan Spring Rolls on a cutting board with fresh limes and dipping sauce

These rolls are simple, fresh and filling. Inside you’ll find:

Super thin rice noodles
Mint
Cilantro
Red pepper
Carrot
Cucumber
& Crispy almond butter tofu

And to take them from tasty to awesome, serve them with a fat serving of almond butter sauce. Who can resist?

Sliced Vegan Vietnamese Spring Roll showing the fresh vegetables and tofu insideCutting board with fresh Vegan Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Crispy TofuDipping a healthy Vietnamese Vegan Spring Roll into Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

You’re going to love these rolls. They’re

Perfect for warmer weather
Fresh
Filling
Customizable by season
Satisfying
Flavorful
Healthy
Vegan / GF
Savory-sweet
Minty
Herby
& Wonderful

Make these rolls, OK? And share them with friends. If you don’t have friends, go make some by sharing these treats with them. They pack up nicely and store in the fridge super well for several days so pack them in your lunch and make all your coworkers jelly. Huzzah!

En-joy.

Wood cutting board filled with Vietnamese Spring Rolls and dipping sauce for a delicious vegan snack

4.89 from 51 votes

30-minute Vietnamese-inspired spring rolls with fast crispy tofu and a savory-sweet almond butter dipping sauce. Flavorful, crisp, delectable, and so fresh and perfect for spring and summer.

Author: Minimalist Baker

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings: 8 (spring rolls)

Category: Appetizer, Entree

Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vietnamese-Inspired

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? Best when fresh.

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SPRING ROLLS

  • 1 1/2 cups julienned vegetables (such as carrots, red pepper, and cucumber)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 4 ounces vermicelli or rice noodles (the thinner the better)
  • 8-10 whole spring roll rice papers

ALMOND BUTTER DIPPING SAUCE

  • 1/3 cup salted creamy almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce (tamari if gluten-free)
  • 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar, agave, or honey if not vegan (depending on preferred sweetness)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp
  • Hot water (to thin)

CRISPY TOFU

  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu (drained and thoroughly dried/pressed)
  • 4 Tbsp sesame oil (divided)
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp almond butter dipping sauce
  • 1 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar or agave nectar
  1. Start by preparing rice noodles in boiling hot water for about 10 minutes (read instructions on package), then drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and cut pressed tofu into small rectangles. Toss in 3 Tbsp cornstarch and flash fry in 3 Tbsp sesame oil (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), flipping on all sides to ensure even browning – about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  3. Prep veggies and prepare almond butter sauce by adding all sauce ingredients except water to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add enough hot water to thin until a pourable sauce is achieved. Adjust flavors as needed (I often add a little more chili garlic sauce and brown sugar).

  4. To add more flavor to the tofu, transfer 2.5 Tbsp of the sauce to a small bowl and add an additional Tablespoon each of soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar or agave (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and whisk to combine.

  5. Add tofu back to the skillet over medium heat and add “sauce/glaze,” stirring to coat. Cook for several minutes or until all of the sauce is absorbed and the tofu looks glazed, stirring frequently (see photos). Set aside with prepared veggies and vermicelli noodles.

  6. To assemble spring rolls, pour very hot water into a shallow dish or skillet and immerse rice paper to soften for about 10-15 seconds.

  7. Transfer to a damp cutting board or damp towel and gently spread out edges into a circle. It may take a little practice, so don’t feel bad if your first few attempts are a fail!

  8. To the bottom third of the wrapper add a small handful of vermicelli noodles and layer carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, fresh herbs and 2-3 pieces of tofu on top (see photo). Gently fold over once, tuck in edges, and continue rolling until seam is sealed.

  9. Place seam-side down on a serving platter and cover with damp warm towel to keep fresh. Repeat until all fillings are used up – about 8-10 spring rolls total (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).

  10. Serve with almond butter sauce and sriracha or hot sauce of choice. I like to mix mine and go dip happy.

  11. Leftovers store well individually wrapped in plastic wrap, though best when fresh.

Inspired by the lovely Heidi at
Recipe makes 8 spring rolls.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 1/2 cup each carrots, red bell pepper, and cucumber per 8 rolls, with the lesser amount of sugar, and with all of the dipping sauce.

  • Calories: 283
  • Fat: 14.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Sodium: 268mg
  • Potassium: 259mg
  • Carbohydrates: 32.1g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 4.1g
  • Protein: 7.8g
  • Vitamin A: 44%
  • Vitamin C: 18%
  • Calcium: 13%
  • Iron: 8%

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