Vietnamese-style vegan spring rolls made with sweet potato noodles and ginger peanut tempeh for a light and refreshing plant-based gluten-free meal. Made in just 20 minutes!
Remember those sweet potato noodles from last week?
Well, now that I’m thoroughly enjoying the art of spiralizing sweet potatoes, I am constantly dreaming up new recipes that use these glorious noodles. You’ll start seeing some of them pop up here and there and today is no exception; I’ve got my first (well, second) sweet potato noodle recipe for y’all.
Vegan Spring Rolls with Sweet Potato Noodles!
Let’s take a closer look.
I’ve been making Vietnamese spring rolls for years. After first discovering these rice paper wrappers at my locally grocery store and realizing that they, too, can be made at home, I started experimenting right away. Vietnamese spring rolls are traditionally filled with vegetables, protein, noodles, and fresh herbs. The good news is that spring rolls are incredibly versatile, meaning you can mix and match as you please.
Some common things I add to my spring rolls are:
- Vermicelli Noodles
While I love spring rolls that are stuffed full of vermicelli noodles, I wanted to make a healthier (lower glycemic) version. And so, for these vegan spring rolls, I used…you guessed it… sweet potato noodles. These noodles provide more flavor, nutrients, a delicious crunch, and beautiful color that makes these particular spring rolls something truly special.
Read by how to make sweet potato noodles here.
How to make vegan spring rolls:
- Once you have chosen your fillings, chop them up. The vegetables should be chopped into matchsticks. If you’re using avocado or mango, slice those thin as well. De-stem your fresh herbs while keeping them whole. Your protein source (in this case, tempeh) and noodles should already be prepped so that everything can be placed within arms reach.
- Fill a shallow pie pan with warm water and place it next to your fillings. Add one single rice paper wrapper to the water and let it soak for 15-20 seconds until it is pliable but not too soft. If it’s too soft, the paper will likely tear when rolling.
- Lay your pliable rice paper wrapper on a dry surface. Place a layer of sweet potato noodles on the bottom 1/3, leaving about 1″ on either side to fold in. Top noodles with remaining ingredients.
- Fold both side over the filling as snuggly as you can. Then fold up the bottom (see image below) so that it tightly fits over the fillings. From there, slowly roll up, as snuggly as possible, until the rice paper is completely rolled up.
- Set aside to dry and repeat with remaining spring rolls.
Learning the art of spring roll wrapping may take a few attempts.
I’ve had lots of torn spring rolls in my days. Just remember:
- Don’t soak too long. It’s okay if the paper fills a little stiff still when taking it out of the water. It will continue to soften as it sets.
- Leave lots of room to fold side and bottom up when placing the filling.
- Don’t fill so full that you can’t snuggly roll.
- And, most importantly, if one tears, don’t sweat it. It will still be delicious.
Ready to give it a try?
- 6 spring roll rice paper wrappers
- 1 small sweet potato
- 2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
- 4 oz tempeh
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 small cucumber, cut into 2-3" matchsticks
- 1/2 small carrot, cut into 2-3" matchsticks
- 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 2-3" matchsticks
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint
- 1 batch Thai Peanut Sauce
In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil over medium heat. Add sweet potato noodles and lightly sauté for 3-4 minutes until the noodles are deep orange in color and soft enough to bite into. Remove from heat and set aside.
Wipe clean the skillet and heat the remaining sesame oil over medium heat. While oil is heating, cut the tempeh into 1"x1/2" rectangles. Add tempeh to hot oil - it should sizzle when they drop - and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tempeh is browned. Add soy sauce and maple syrup and continue to sauté until all the liquid has absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Prepare your vegetables. De-stem the mint and basil but keep it whole.
To make the rice noodles, fill a shallow pie dish with warm water. Place one rice paper wrapper in the water for 15-20 seconds until the wrapper is pliable but not so soft that it rips.
Place pliable wrapper on a dry surface. On the bottom 1/3 of the wrapper, place 1 small handful of sweet potato noodles leaving 1" on each side. Top with 2-3 pieces of sautéed tempeh, vegetables, and herbs.
Fold in the sides and the bottom over the filling. Then wrap the spring roll as tightly as you can without ripping. Set aside and continue with the remaining 5 spring rolls.
Serve immediately with Thai Peanut Sauce or wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.