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Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free

This Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing is deliciously crunchy, and creamy with all the flavours and textures of a fresh rice paper roll without all the time and fuss it takes to roll and wrap them. It's full of fresh vegetables, vermicelli noodles, a creamy peanut and ginger dressing and protein-packed with ocean fresh prawns. It's also gluten-free, and dairy-free and can be easily adapted to suit a vegetarian diet.

Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free
Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free

Why you'll LOVE this Spring Roll Salad

Convenience: Unlike traditional spring rolls that require rolling and wrapping, a spring roll salad is easy to assemble, saving you time and effort in the kitchen.

Healthiness: Packed with nutrient-rich veggies and lean proteins, this salad provides a wholesome and nutritious meal option that supports your well-being.

Customizability: You have the freedom to customize your spring roll salad with your favorite ingredients, (eg. swap the prawns with shredded chicken or tofu), allowing you to tailor it to your taste preferences and dietary needs.

Meal Prep/ Portability: Whether you're enjoying it at home or on the go, a spring roll salad is convenient to pack and transport, making it an ideal option for picnics, work lunches, or quick meals on busy days.

Watch How to Make It

Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free
Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free

Preparing in Advance or for Meal Prepping

Here's how you can do it:

Prep the Ingredients: Wash and chop the vegetables, herbs, and protein (such as cooked chicken, tofu, or shrimp) in advance. Soak the noodles, drain them, and place them in a container. Keep them stored separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

Prepare the Dressing: Prepare it ahead of time and store it in a jar. Just give it a good shake and allow it to return to room temperature before using it.

Assemble When Ready to Eat: When ready to enjoy, simply take out the prepped ingredients from the fridge. Arrange salad and noodles in a bowl or on a plate, then add the prawns and top with the peanut dressing.

Add Crunchy Elements: Add the crushed peanuts just before serving to maintain their texture.

Toss and Enjoy: Gently toss everything together to coat the ingredients evenly with the dressing, and your spring roll salad is ready to be enjoyed!

Alternative Idea for Meal Prepping: Prepare all ingredients in an air-tight container as shown in the photo below and combine just before eating.

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Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free

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Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free
Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free

Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free


Serves 4-6

Prep 10-15 minutes

Soaking noodles for 5 minutes





250g Rice Vermicelli Noodles, gluten-free

2 Lebanese cucumbers, sliced into sticks*

1 large carrot, grated or sliced into thin sticks*

¼ purple cabbage, finely shredded*

¼ iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced

3 green onions, thinly sliced

1 cup coriander leaves

1 cup mint OR Thai basil leaves

½ cup peanuts, roughly chopped

20 cooked prawns, peeled and deveined

1 x juice of lime

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon pepper


Peanut Salad Dressing:

½ cup smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)

¼ cup fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons sweet chilli, gluten-free

2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce (or coconut aminos), gluten-free

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated

2 garlic cloves, minced

2-3 tablespoons hot water (enough to create a smooth consistency)

Optional: 1 tablespoon sesame oil


*optional to use a mandoline slicer




1. Prepare the Rice Vermicelli Noodles: Soak the noodles in a bowl of boiling water for 5-8 minutes or according to packet instructions. Once soft, rinse under cold water, drain and set aside.

2. Make the Peanut Dressing: In the meantime, combine the salad dressing ingredients in a jar and shake or add to a bowl and whisk. If too thick, add a tablespoon of hot water at a time until it creates a smooth salad dressing consistency. (Tip: for extra flavour add 1 tablespoon sesame oil).

3. Prepare the Salad and Prawns: Peel and devein the prawns, then slice into 2cm pieces. Place into a bowl and squeeze a whole lime over them. Then chop, slice, and grate the salad ingredients, optional use a mandoline slicer for the cucumber, carrot, and cabbage.

4. Bring it together: Add to a large bowl all the ingredients, drizzle over the Peanut Salad Dressing and gently toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!

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Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free
Spring Roll Salad with Peanut Dressing, gluten-free

Recipe and Photography Margaret Pahos @CreateCookShare



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