Culinary Inspiration

These Mango Summer Rolls with Walnut Ginger Dipping Sauce are filled with rice noodles and crisp, colorful vegetables and served with a zippy walnut-ginger sauce for dipping—a must-make for the summer season!

The walnut-ginger dipping sauce paired with them is an addictive combination of sweet and savory flavors, with a pleasantly crunchy texture that comes from chopped California walnuts. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself double (and even triple) dipping!

Summer rolls are a wonderful meatless meal for warm-weather days because they are basically no-cook (besides boiling the noodles) and they are incredibly light and refreshing.

How to Assemble These Mango Summer Rolls

Luckily these mango summer rolls are not complicated to make at all, but it may take a bit of practice for beginners to get the hang of the rolling method. It usually takes even experienced summer roll makers two or three attempts to get the process down, so stick with it! To assemble, start with a rice paper wrap that has been soaking in lukewarm water until it is pliable. Lay it on a flat surface and start by overlapping a few basil leaves in the center of the wrap. Next, place a small handful of cooked vermicelli noodles over the basil, and follow with a few strips each of julienned cucumber, bell pepper and mango. Finish off with a few fresh mint leaves.

Next comes the wrapping. It is usually easiest to gently fold over the side closest to you, then tuck in the side edges and begin to roll until the seam is sealed, similar to wrapping a burrito.

Once you have finished with one, place it seam side down on a plate and repeat the process with the rest! You can cover these with a damp towel to keep them from drying out while you work on the rest.

Mango Summer Rolls with Walnut Ginger Dipping Sauce

What You’ll Need for the Walnut-Ginger Dipping Sauce

To make the walnut-ginger dipping sauce, you will need:
  • Walnuts
  • Fresh ginger
  • Dates
  • Lime juice and zest
  • Soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos)
  • Maple syrup
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot water

Making the sauce is as simple as blending all of the ingredients together! Make sure to reserve half of the walnuts to chop and stir into the blended sauce for added texture. If the sauce seems too thick, you can add a bit more water and blend again to achieve a thinner consistency.

For more delicious inspiration, check out California Walnuts’ full collection of summer recipes.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by California Walnuts. However, all opinions are my own.

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