Thursday, August 17, 2023

Vietnamese Spring Roll In a Bowl and Perfect Peanut Sauce- Oil-Free

Love spring rolls? Looking for easy lunch ideas this summer? 
This recipe for Vietnamese spring roll in a bowl is the perfect choice for a simple healthy lunch or quick dinner on a hot night. It provides all the flavor of spring rolls with 1/2 the effort because you won't need to roll them.

Vietnamese spring roll bowl with rice noodles

What can you use to make your spring roll bowl? 
This interesting and flavorful bowl is made with cooked rice noodles, thinly cut up vegetables such as grated carrots, sliced yellow peppers, red cabbage, scallions, red onions, cucumbers, and fresh herbs such as fresh mint, parsley, basil and or cilantro. In addition, I add some sliced firm tofu. I also top it with crushed peanuts (or nuts of choice) and or sesame seeds. 

Vegan Vietnamese spring roll bowl of noodles and vegetables

My favorite part is the peanut sauce dressing which is oil-free, creamy and delicious. 

If you don't use or like peanut butter, try substituting almond butter or sunflower butter instead of the peanut butterOnce you start making this delicious peanut sauce, you can use it on other things such as on a side of steamed vegetables which is outrageously delicious!

mint leaves beside cut up  lime slices

Where else can you use this delicious peanut sauce? 
The sky's the limit: sandwiches, oatmeal, crudités dip, Asian noodle dishes,etc. 

Traditionally this type of peanut sauce is most popular in Vietnamese cuisine and Thai cuisine, but it has been gaining popularity for all kinds of cuisine.

spring roll in a bowl, vegan, gluten free
I make my own homemade peanut sauce because most commercially made peanut sauces are usually not gluten-free due to the soy sauce which frequently contains wheat. 

mint plant in a small pitcher

During the summer months when my herb garden is in full bloom, I like to add lots of fresh mint, fresh basil, and fresh thyme to my spring rolls or spring roll salad. 

Peanut Sauce Dressing - (oil-free)
1/4 cup of boiling water
3 tablespoons of peanut butter powder
3 tablespoons of chunky or smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons of gluten free soy sauce
A few drops of liquid stevia or maple syrup
1/4 cup of crushed peanuts ( or nut of choice)
Optional: hot sauce to taste

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle desired amount over the spring roll bowl. Top with crushed peanuts 

1. Your can use 3 additional tablespoons of nut butter if you don't want to use the PB powder which is low in fat.

** I like to squeeze fresh lime over the spring roll bowl too 

2. If you would like to roll your spring rolls follow the link to this recipe.  

Vietnamese spring rolls, vegan, gluten free and peanut dip

3. My recipes are all gluten-free and vegan (since 2020)


  1. You can buy gluten free soya sauce, which is made with 100% of soya. I don't eat soya anymore, though I grew up eating them daily...sometimes 3 meals a day. Can't imagine that I used to make my own soya milk and tofu. The soya milk in all the supermarkets is so horrible. LOL...But sometimes if I need to use soya sauce, I usually grab the gluten free one. The peanut dressing sounds great.

  2. OMG, this is so delicious and so easy. Thank you.

  3. I love this! So fresh and light and tasty. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Yum! Peanut sauce makes everything more delicious. And the idea for adding fresh basil and mint sounds fabulous. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for the recipe for peanut sauce. We will enjoy it, I’m sure.

  6. What a delicious combination for these summer days!!....Abrazotes, Marcela

  7. "Deconstructed" Vietnamese spring rolls? Ooo loving the idea - because well who honestly wants to spend a lot of time by rolling them? Great summer (and all year round indeed) dish!

  8. OK -- my comment disappeared and I'm not sure if it was because I hit the wrong key and sent it or if blogger is just doing its wacky thing. So, first of all, before I forget, thanks for coming over to Marmelade Gypsy -- I always appreciate your visits and comments but don't know how to reply to you directly. Second, this is a brilliant idea, deconstructing the rolls so one doesn't have to spend the time rolling it. And the peanut sauce sounds fabulous. I am saving that recipe -- it sounds fabulous!

  9. Bowls are such fun. You can add almost anything to them. This deconstructed spring roll bowl looks so good. I like that it's easier because you don't have to roll it up.

  10. I've never had Vietnamese food (I'm not the most adventurous eater), but your make it look and sound very tempting! 😀


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