I always get so excited when I make spring rolls because they’re such a tasty and healthy meal. But I always struggle with what side dishes to serve them with. I’ve tried a lot of different combinations, but none of them seem to really work. Maybe I’m just not very creative when it comes to the mixing and matching of food.
But in the end, I was finally able to come up with a list of side dishes that are perfect for spring rolls. And I’m excited to share them with you!
This dish is perfect for any time of year, but it’s especially popular during the spring. Spring rolls can be served with a variety of different side dishes, each one with its own unique flavor and texture
So hopefully, this will give you some ideas and help you create a delicious and nutritious meal!
What to Serve with Spring Rolls
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Chinese Egg Drop Soup
- Roasted Vegetables
- Fried Rice in Garlic
I’ll begin with a classic side dish, coleslaw. This dish is typically made with cabbage, carrots, and mayonnaise. You can also add in other vegetables like celery or red onion. I like to add a bit of apple cider vinegar to my coleslaw for a little tanginess.
This dish is perfect for those who are looking for something crunchy and creamy to pair with their spring rolls. Plus it’s a great way to get your vegetables in!
Simply shred the cabbage and carrots into thin strips. Add in the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until it’s well combined. You can either serve this dish immediately or refrigerate it for later.
This side dish is a traditional Irish potato dish. It’s made with potatoes, kale, butter, and milk. I like to add in a little bit of garlic for extra flavor.
It’s the perfect complement to Spring Rolls because it’s hearty and filling without being too heavy. Plus, the creamy texture of the mashed potatoes pairs perfectly with the crispy exterior of the Spring Rolls.
Colcannon is a great option for those who are looking for something warm and comforting. In addition, it’s fairly simple to make. Just boil the potatoes and kale until they’re soft. Mash everything together with butter, milk, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until it’s smooth and creamy.
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Next on the list is sweet and sour sauce. While spring rolls are amazing, let’s be honest, they’re not complete without a delicious dipping sauce. And in my opinion, there’s nothing that goes better with a spring roll than sweet and sour sauce.
Now, you might be thinking, “But chef, isn’t that a bit too sweet?” And from experience, I can tell you that it’s not. The perfect sweet and sour sauce should have a balance of both sweet and sour flavors. And when you pair it with a spring roll, the flavors come together perfectly.
So how do you make the perfect sweet and sour sauce?
It’s actually pretty simple.
All you need is some sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and cornstarch. Just mix all of the ingredients together until they’re well combined and adjust the flavors to your liking. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar. If you want it more sour, add more vinegar. And if you want it thicker, add more cornstarch.
Chinese Egg Drop Soup
Following the sweet and sour sauce, we have Chinese egg drop soup. This soup is a light and delicate broth made with eggs and vegetables. I like to add in some green onion for extra flavor.
It’s the perfect side dish for spring rolls because it’s healthy and refreshing. The light broth is also a great way to cleanse your palate between bites.
Plus, the soup’s silky texture pairs perfectly with the crispy exterior of the spring rolls. To prepare the egg drop soup, simply whisk together some eggs, chicken broth, and cornstarch. Then slowly pour the mixture into boiling water, stirring gently until the eggs form strands.
For an extra touch of flavor, you can add some green onions or shredded carrots to the soup.
Next up is tzatziki, a Greek yogurt sauce made with cucumbers, garlic, and herbs. It’s an excellent dipping sauce for spring rolls because it’s cool and refreshing.
The cooling yogurt and cucumber combination contrasts nicely with the warm, spicy filling of the spring rolls. Plus, the cucumbers add a crunchy texture to the sauce, while the yogurt gives it a creamy consistency.
My favorite part is the garlic and herbs which gives it a bit of a zing. But most importantly, tzatziki is a healthy choice, as yogurt is packed with calcium and probiotics.
To make tzatziki, simply mix together some plain yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and chopped herbs. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. You can either serve it immediately or refrigerate it for later.
Here we have these crispy little balls of goodness that are traditionally made from chickpeas or fava beans. They’re packed with flavor. Plus, they’re the perfect size for popping into your mouth alongside a bite of spring roll.
So why does falafel make such a great side dish for spring rolls?
First, it’s a great way to add extra protein to your meal. And secondly, the contrasting textures and flavors are simply dynamite together. The crunchy exterior of the falafel pairs perfectly with the soft, delicate spring roll wraps, and the bold spices in the falafel provide a lovely counterpoint to the refreshing filling.
If you’ve never tried making falafel at home before, don’t worry since it’s actually very easy.
Simply combine cooked chickpeas or fava beans with some diced onion, garlic, herbs, and spices. Then shape the mixture into small balls or patties and fry until golden brown. Serve hot with a nice serving of spring rolls.
Next, we have roasted vegetables. I like to use a mix of carrots, zucchini, and red bell peppers. But you can really use any combination of vegetables that you like.
Roasting the vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and makes them nice and tender. Plus, the slight char of the roasted vegetable pairs perfectly with the freshness of the spring rolls, and the colors contrast beautifully on the plate.
Moreover, roasted vegetables are a nutritious option that will leave your guests feeling satisfied without weighing them down. To prepare this dish, simply roast your favorite vegetables until they are slightly charred around the edges. Then, let them cool slightly before chopping them into bite-sized pieces.
For an extra touch of flavor, consider drizzling the vegetables with a bit of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice before serving.
Fried Rice in Garlic Sauce
Last but not least, we have fried rice in garlic sauce. This dish is a bit more time-consuming than the others on this list, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
When done right, fried rice should be light and fluffy with a slightly chewy texture. And of course, it should be loaded with flavor.
The key to achieving this is to use day-old rice. This will help to prevent the rice from becoming mushy when fried.
In terms of vegetables, I like to use a mix of frozen peas and carrots. But you can really use any combo of veggies that you prefer. Just be sure to chop them into small pieces so that they cook evenly.
As for the sauce, I like to use a simple garlic sauce. But feel free to get creative and experiment with other sauces as well.
To make the fried rice, simply sauté your chopped vegetables in a bit of oil until they are tender. Then add the rice and continue to cook until the rice is heated through. Finally, stir in the sauce and serve with freshly made spring rolls.
Is spring roll good for weight loss?
Though filled with veggies, considering they are fried, spring rolls are not the best option if you’re looking to lose weight. A healthier option would be to make your own spring rolls at home with fresh ingredients and bake them instead.
What are some other good side dishes for spring rolls?
Some other good side dishes for spring rolls include: a simple green salad, roasted potatoes, steamed rice, noodles in broth (such as pho or ramen), soup (such as won ton or egg drop soup)
What is the best dipping sauce for spring rolls?
The best dipping sauce for spring rolls really depends on your personal preference. Some popular options include: soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce, sweet and sour sauce, peanut dipping sauce
Now that you know what to serve with spring rolls, it’s time to get cooking!
And don’t forget, the best part about making your own spring rolls is that you can customize them to your liking.
So go ahead and experiment with different fillings, dipping sauces, and side dishes until you find what you like best. Bon appetite!