Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls with a Thai Tahini Sauce

I’m always looking for quick and simple snacks and lunch ideas and this always delivers, okay so rice paper may not be on everyone’s shopping list but don’t fret, these can be made with nori sheets too and to be honest a lot of supermarkets are starting to stock the rice paper which makes it a lot easier to keep some to hand in the cupboard.

Fill them with whatever veggies, noddles, rice, protein such a Tempeh, tofu, prawns, chicken, they really are great to use up what ever you have lying around.

The sauce uses tahini but of course you can use peanut butter which works just as well but I will warn you that this’s recipe isn’t pretty addictive and you will want to add it to everything, including noodles, quinoa, veggies, stirfrys.

Rainbow Rice paper Rolls

5 spring roll wrappers

warm water


Red Cabbage sliced thinly

Edamame Beans


Julienne Carrots

Red Peppers

1 block Tempeh cut into thin slices

2 tsp Chinese five spice

1 tbsp Tahini



3 heaped tbsp natural Tahini (or Peanut butter)

11/2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

2-3 tbsp maple syrup

1 cm fresh ginger

Zest from one Lime


Salt to taste

To Make the sauce

In a food processor add the tahini or peanut butter, tamari, maple syrup, ginger, chilli, salt to taste, and adding a little water until you get a smooth and runny consistency.


Mix together the chinese five spice, along with the tahini and a little olive oil and season. Add the tempeh to the marinade and coat. Leave to marinade for approximately an half an hour (or you can use straight away)

Heat a little olive oil in a pan and cook the tempeh over a medium/high heat until golden in colour each side.

To make the rice paper rolls

Gently submerge the rice papers into the warm water until they begin to soften

Place on a tea towel or damp wooden chopping board and fill the centre with your vegetables, tempeh and herbs such as coriander or mint.

Begin by folding in the bottom part and then the top part to meet in the middle. Bring the right side across over the centre and begin to roll so that you have a tight sandwich.

You can either use the sauce as a dipping sauce or use it inside the rice paper rolls.