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Summer Rolls

By The Editors

Published April 6, 2024

This classic Vietnamese preparation, with its pliable white rice paper wraps, salad-like filling, and flavorful dipping sauces, takes a little practice, but not much— you’ll get good at it pretty quickly. Think of this recipe as an outline for any kind of summer roll you like; the filling can be anything from tofu to shredded vegetables to slices of fruit.

Burcu Avsar and Zach DeSart
Burcu Avsar and Zach DeSart
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Working with rice paper wrappers is not rocket science. All they need is a dip in hot water to soften up and become pliable; they’ll continue to soften a bit after they’ve been rolled. The two most common mistakes people make with rice paper is letting it soak too long (it’ll become mushy and tear easily) and making the rolls too far in advance, which results in the wrapper drying out. So remember to keep the hot water dip short and to serve the rolls immediately or wrap well with plastic and serve within an hour.

For dipping, try Peanut Sauce, Four Ways, or just soy sauce with vinegar or water.