Most people think of a savory filling for Vietnamese spring rolls, but I’m here to tell you that fruit and nuts can transform spring rolls into a delicious and healthy dessert or snack. Use sliced fruit of your choice, and mix and match to your pleasure. To the mango wrap pictured below, I also added mint leaves, which made for a pretty presentation.
To accompany these fruit and nut spring rolls, I mixed up one part honey with one part lime juice for a wonderful dipping sauce. To add a subtle spiciness, I put in slice of fresh jalapeno, but that’s totally optional. These fruit and nut spring rolls are the perfect hand food…simply pick up the wrap, dip it into the sweet and tangy honey and lime dressing, and then bite into deliciousness!
For the wrappers, I used Three Ladies brand found at a local Asian grocery, but I’ve used other brands that work well too. Depending on the brand, each rice paper sheet is between 33 and 46 calories. They’re gluten free too. Considering the low calorie count, these rice wrappers are a wonderful way to enjoy a plethora of spring rolls!
And please, please don’t forget the nuts like I did for these photos! Sliced or slivered almonds add an essential toothsome texture and complementary taste to these wraps. Yes, these wraps are good with just fruit, but they’re awesome with the added tablespoon or so of sliced almonds. Here’s the recipe:
- For the filling:
- Fruit of your choice, such as kiwi, strawberries, mangos, blueberries, cherries, apples, and cantaloupe, thinly sliced
- Two rice paper sheets
- Two tablespoons slivered or sliced almonds
- For the dipping sauce:
- One tablespoon honey
- One tablespoon fresh lime juice
- optional: fresh jalapeno slice
- Mix up one part lime juice to one part honey (about a tablespoon of each is plenty for two wraps). For added spice, add a jalapeno slice to the dipping sauce. Set aside.
- Have fruit of your choice sliced and ready.
- Have sliced or slivered almonds ready.
- Have a clean plate or flat work surface ready to prepare spring rolls.
- Dip a rice paper sheet in water for about ten seconds (sometimes I just place the wrapper under running water).
- Place wet wrapper immediately on a plate or work surface.
- Quickly lay a few pieces of fruit and about a tablespoon of almonds in the lower-middle of the rice paper wrapper.
- To roll up your roll, first fold over the bottom edge of the wrapper over the filling, then fold over the edges towards the center and continue rolling the filled wrapper until it's closed and snug.
- Serve rolls with dipping sauce on the side.
Again, be sure to add the almonds! Enjoy!
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