Fresh Vegan Tofu Summer Rolls

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A warm day calls for a fresh, healthy meal! These vegan tofu summer rolls are packed with veggies and dipped in a delicious sauce.

Imagine a medley of veggies, rice noodles, and pan-fried tofu all rolled into a chewy rice paper wrapper. These rolls are great for lunch, dinner, or snacking! 

Plus, you can customize the filling to your liking for the perfect bite.

colorful summer rolls cut open to show filling

These rolls get even tastier with our peanut hoisin sauce! It pairs beautifully with the crisp veggies and elevates the dish to a whole new level.

Looking for more summer meals? Our Mediterranean quinoa pasta salad and mushroom chow mein are perfect for warm weather!

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Recipe highlights

  • Veggie-packed
  • Easy to make and customizable
  • Variety of textures
  • Perfect for summer

To make these delicious rolls, you’ll need a cutting board, knife, small bowl, and measuring equipment!

fresh veggies, tofu, and rice noodles on a table

Ingredients needed

  • Rice paper — delicate, chewy wrap for our yummy fillings.
  • Rice noodles — adds texture and heartiness!
  • Avocado — creamy and buttery goodness.
  • Carrot, cucumber, bell pepper, purple cabbage — our crispy and colorful veggies.
  • Green onions and cilantro — adds a fresh, tangy flavor.
  • Pan-fried tofu — protein-packed, crispy, and delicious. 
  • Peanut hoisin sauce — the perfect mix of savory, umami, and sweet. 

Find the exact measurements and additional flavor recommendations below!

patting tofu dry with a paper towel
marinating tofu in a bowl with starch, soy sauce, and spices

How to make fresh tofu summer rolls

Make the rice noodles

Prepare the noodles according to the package instructions. Once they are done, rinse under cold water and drain well. Set aside while following the other steps.

Make the tofu

Remove any excess moisture from the tofu by squeezing it and patting it dry with a clean kitchen towel. See our FAQ for other methods of extracting the water.

Cut the tofu into pencil-thick slices, then add the tofu to a shallow bowl. Sprinkle tofu with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and cornstarch, then toss to combine.

Add the sesame oil to a non-stick frying pan. Place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the marinated tofu slices in a single layer.

Fry for around 3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on one side.

Add the remaining soy sauce and agave syrup to the pan and give everything a good stir. 

Flip the tofu slices so that they can get crispy on the other side, too! Once they are done, set them aside.

Frying Tofu in a pan next to veggies
Making Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce in a Pot

Make the peanut sauce

Add all sauce ingredients to a small saucepan. Whisk to combine, then let it simmer over medium-low heat for two minutes.

Add water as needed to achieve a slightly runny texture and a smooth, glossy look.

Adjust to taste preferences, then transfer to a small serving bowl.

assembling summer roll on a towel with veggies, noodles, and tofu

Make the rolls

Materials needed: a plastic cutting board, a damp kitchen towel to place over the rice paper rolls, and a shallow bowl full of warm water.

Start by dipping one rice paper sheet into the water for a few seconds until all sides have been dampened. Transfer it onto your cutting board. 

Add a very small handful / few pieces of all the filling ingredients to the bottom third of the rice paper. Don’t overfill it and keep the sides clear!

making summer rolls by folding rice paper sheet over filling
folding rice paper sheet over filling

Tuck in the sides, then tightly roll it forward until the seam is sealed. Place seam side down on a serving platter and cover with a towel.

Repeat with the remaining rice paper sheets and filling! Serve your summer rolls fresh with homemade dipping sauce.

rolling filled rice paper sheet
homemade summer roll on a towel
Homemade Vegan Tofu Summer Rolls on Wooden Board

Storage

For any leftovers, wrap each roll separately so they do not stick together. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Serving suggestions

Our fresh summer rolls are delicious as they are, but feel free to add the veggies you love!

Additional ingredients

  • Butter lettuce
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Vegan egg
  • Vegan shrimp
  • Jalapeno
  • Mint
  • Basil

Sauces

  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet and sour
  • Sweet chili
  • Vegan fish sauce
plate of summer rolls with peanut hoisin sauce

FAQs 

How do I wrap spring rolls?

Be gentle with the rice paper! Only dip the rice paper for a short amount of time and roll quickly (but carefully). Only add a small amount of filling and tuck in the sides before fully rolling.

What’s the difference between summer rolls and spring rolls?

Summer rolls are made with rice paper and served cold! Spring rolls are served warm and wrapped in a dough, then fried. Both are delicious! Just note that summer rolls are healthier as they are served fresh. 

dipping summer rolls into peanut hoisin sauce

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Fresh Vegan Tofu Summer Rolls

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
A warm day calls for a fresh, healthy meal! These vegan tofu summer rolls are packed with veggies and dipped in a delicious sauce.
Serves 12 rolls

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4 oz rice noodles dry (110 g)
  • 1 carrot cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cucumber cut into matchsticks
  • 1 avocado pitted & sliced
  • ½ medium bell pepper julienned
  • 1 cup purple cabbage shredded (65 g)
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped

Pan-fried tofu

  • 8 oz firm tofu 225 g, drained
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Peanut hoisin sauce

  • 6 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

Make the rice noodles

  • Prepare the noodles according to the package instructions.
  • Once they are done, rinse under cold water and drain well. Set aside while following the other steps.

Make the tofu

  • Remove any excess moisture from the tofu by squeezing it and patting it dry with a clean kitchen towel. See our FAQ for other methods of extracting the water.
  • Cut the tofu into pencil-thick slices, then add the tofu to a shallow bowl. 
  • Sprinkle tofu with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and cornstarch, then toss to combine.
  • Add the sesame oil to a non-stick frying pan. Place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the marinated tofu slices in a single layer.
  • Fry for around 3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on one side.
  • Add the remaining soy sauce and agave syrup to the pan and give everything a good stir. 
  • Flip the tofu slices so that they can get crispy on the other side, too! Once they are done, set them aside.

Make the peanut sauce

  • Add all sauce ingredients to a small saucepan. 
  • Whisk to combine, then let it simmer over medium-low heat for two minutes.
  • Add water as needed to achieve a slightly runny texture and a smooth, glossy look.
  • Adjust to taste preferences, then transfer to a small serving bowl.

Make the rolls

  • Materials needed: a plastic cutting board, a damp kitchen towel to place over the rice paper rolls, and a shallow bowl full of warm water.
  • Start by dipping one rice paper sheet into the water for a few seconds until all sides have been dampened. Transfer it onto your cutting board. 
  • Add a very small handful / few pieces of all the filling ingredients to the bottom third of the rice paper. Don’t overfill it and keep the sides clear!
  • Tuck in the sides, then tightly roll it forward until the seam is sealed. Place seam side down on a serving platter and cover with a towel.
  • Repeat with the remaining rice paper sheets and filling! Serve your summer rolls fresh with homemade dipping sauce.

Notes

  • For any leftovers, wrap each roll separately so they do not stick together. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • Check out our serving suggestions for additional ingredients and sauces!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Vegan Tofu Summer Rolls
Serving Size
 
1 summer roll
Amount per Serving
Calories
114
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
376
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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