Fresh Rolls with Shrimp and Honey Lime Slaw

Light and refreshing, these fresh rolls are bursting with flavor from fresh herbs, lime juice and fish sauce. Addictive and delicious.

Fresh Rolls with Shrimp and Honey Lime Slaw - The Lemon Bowl

Vietnamese food has always been one of my favorite cuisines and continues to rank in my top 3 to this day. Unlike much of the Americanized Chinese and Indian foods we see in restaurants, Vietnamese food is light, fresh and doesn’t leave you with an over-stuffed food hangover. (Ok, maybe I should eat less naan but I can’t help myself.)

What is the secret? Fresh herbs. Whether you order a vermicelli noodle bowl, a beef salad or these traditional fresh rolls, you will often find a variety of fresh herbs including mint, Thai basil, cilantro and more.

As a child, one of my favorite food memories is dining at Mr. Lee’s Vietnamese restaurant every Sunday and ordering the “make your own” fresh roll platter. It often came with charbroiled pork meatballs instead of shrimp and a giant platter of herbs, lettuces, cucumbers, carrots and more so that I could roll to my heart’s content.

Mr. Lee’s has been closed for over 10 years so I head to my own kitchen whenever I get a craving for these rolls. If you’ve never made them at home before, don’t be afraid to try! It is the perfect no-cook dinner for warm weather months and they can truly be filled with any meats or veggies you have on hand.

No fork required.

Fresh Rolls with Shrimp and Honey Lime Slaw - The Lemon Bowl

Fresh Rolls with Shrimp and Honey Lime Slaw

5 stars average
Light and refreshing, these fresh rolls are bursting with flavor from fresh herbs, lime juice and fish sauce. Addictive and delicious.
PREP: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


Dipping Sauce


  • Boil 8 cups of water and keep warm.
  • Whisk together dipping sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  • To prepare shrimp, remove tail and slice in half horizontally. (This allows you to fill the rolls with 2 pieces of shrimp without making the rolls too thick.)
  • Place vermicelli noodles in a glass bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 5 minutes then drain with cool water; set aside.
  • Place apple radish slaw in a small bowl and begin creating an assembly line with the noodles, shrimp and cilantro sprigs.
  • To soften the rice paper, fill a shallow pie plate or cake pan with boiling water. Add one rice paper at a time and soak for 5 seconds then move to a plate to fill and roll.
  • Working from the center of the roll, add two shrimp slices and top with noodles, a couple tablespoons of slaw and several cilantro sprigs.
  • Fold in the sides then bring bottom over the filling and tuck while rolling tightly. t
  • Place on a platter and continue rolling remaining 11 sheets.
  • Serve with dipping sauce on the side.


Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 48.8gProtein: 6.4gFat: 4.6gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1427mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 11.7g

32 thoughts on “Fresh Rolls with Shrimp and Honey Lime Slaw”

  1. Liz,
    why did I never think about a pie plate for softening my wrappers? I do this ridiculous dip and spin action, which accomplishes the job but is certainly not as elegant.
    I like how you’re repurposing the salad in this–normally I’m using my summer rolls as a protein leftover delivery vehicle, but I’ll remember this for my salad leftovers.

  2. I love spring rolls, LOVE them. In fact, this is what I typically get instead of sushi at restaurants or in grocery stores. I prefer the wrap to the rice I guess. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. These look astoundingly delicious! My sister-in-law is Vietnamese and I’m slowly working all her secret family recipes out of her… ;-). Maybe I can surprise her one day with these!

  4. These are screaming summer!
    So fresh and delicious looking…. I am really loving the addition of honey, jalapeño here, it will just make these so perfect.
    Love These!

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