Deconstructed Vietnameses spring roll salad

There are times when either you have left over ingredients from your Vietnamese rolls or you've run out of rice paper.  When this happens, I make a deconstructed Vietnamese spring roll salad that is super refreshing.  You can either use the spicy peanut salad dressing or a very refreshing Vietnamese dipping sauce called nuoc cham. Either way, you can't go wrong.

Tips for making deconstructed Vietnamese spring roll salad.

Shrimp.

If you are making the shrimp for this salad, I prefer to "spice" up my shrimp a bit rather than just boiling the shrimp.  You can either just saute this in a butter, garlic sauce or make the easy "Casian" (cajun asian) shrimp that is delicious.

Vegetables.

To make this salad visually interesting, I julienne firm vegetables like carrots and cucumbers with a mandoline. However, any salad vegetables will work.

Julienne cut carrots and cucumber with mandoline slicer

Rice noodles.

I use rice noodles because they don't stick to each other and are not soggy.  You can add a little oil after cooking to prevent it from sticking, but the rice noodles do separate when the salad dressing is added and the mixture is being tossed.
rice noodles for summer rolls

"Crunch"

I like adding "crunch" to my salads for a special mouth feel.  If you have time, you can fry up some spring roll wrappers which create a wonderful delicate crunch. 

Chinese spring roll wrappers

Cut defrosted Chinese spring roll wrappers.

Separate spring roll wrappers before frying

Separate spring roll wrappers before frying

Fry strips of wrappers

Fry strips of wrappers and drain on paper towel.

Otherwise, you can add seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds.  You can also add crispy deep-fried onions.

Dressing for the deconstructed Vietnamese spring roll salad.

I like using the spicy peanut dressing which is slightly thicker than a vinaigrette and mixes well with all the spring roll ingredients.  I like adding FRESH lime to the dressing as it gives it a refreshing taste.   It's like have a spring roll without the work!  Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comment section.

Chinese Chicken Salad with peanut dressing

CHINESE (SPICY) PEANUT DRESSING

Michelle Sam
Easy Chinese peanut dressing to be used as a dressing for a salad, dumpling dipping sauce or for hot pot!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 120 kcal

Ingredients
  

Peanut Dressing

  • Tbsp peanut butter Preferably without sugar and salt
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey. Can use sugar if you don't have honey
  • Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili sauce. Like Sriracha
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • tsp salt
  • tsp white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 fresh serano or thai chili

Instructions
 

Make Peanut dressing

  • Chop garlic
  • Chop scallion
  • Deseed and slice chili.
  • Combine all the ingredients EXCEPT CHILI for the peanut dressing into a blender
  • Blend dressing until smooth.
    Peanut dressing blended smooth in personal blender
  • Add sliced chili and stir.
  • Allow dressing to sit and for flavors to mix.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Place leftover salad dressing in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Nutrition

Serving: 2peopleCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 498mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 141IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword glazed spicy pecans, peanut dressing, peanuts
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