A super fun way to eat fruit, these fruit summer rolls are not only cool looking, they’re also delicious and healthy!
Getting the kids to eat more fruits and veggies can be difficult, but when you hand them a cool looking snack like these fruit summer rolls, it becomes much less of a hassle. I just love that these are fairly simple to make and totally packed to the max with fruit!
These fruit summer rolls go really well with our honey lime sauce. The honey lime sauce is fantastic with any fresh fruits!
Making fruit summer rolls is easy!
First, cut your apples and peaches into matchstick sized pieces. They do not have to be perfect, they just need to all be similar in size. Wash your spinach and remove the stems, as they can break through the thin rice paper. Slice your strawberries into thin slices.
Second, wet your rice paper. To do this, I dip it quickly in a bowl of water, making sure to wet both sides, but not soak it. Allowing rice paper to sit in water will make it impossible to work with. Once it’s dipped in water, shake it off, make sure no excess water is left on the paper, and lay it on a flat work space.
Third, lay the spinach pieces (about 1 leaf, again minus the stems, per roll) on the rice paper, about 1 inch from one end of the paper. Place the peach and apple slices on the spinach.
Fourth, make one complete roll of the rice paper and place the strawberry slices, 3 to 4 slices per roll) on the rice paper.
Fifth, fold each side of the rice paper over, like a burrito. Finish rolling the rice paper. Repeat this process until you’ve used up all your fruit slices and lettuce!
That’s it! You’re done! These really are easy to make. The rice paper does take some getting used to, as it can be difficult to work with. But with time and practice, the process becomes a quick one! My silver lining when I was first learning to work with rice paper was that I got to eat any rolls that didn’t roll properly… yum!
If serving lots of people, cutting the rolls in half allows you to make fewer rolls while still being able to offer one to each of your guests. Half rolls are also perfect for younger children. If having this as a dessert, making some pudding to go with them is a great way to add some extra sweetness to them! These can either be dipped in the pudding, or (if cut in half) a spoonful of pudding can be drizzled down the open top. Pudding can also be added during the initial rollup process, but that could end up messier than one would like.
- 1 peach
- 1 apple
- 4 strawberries
- 4 spinach leaves (or romain lettuce leaves)
- 1 mango (optional, but makes it sweeter)
- 1 kiwi (optional)
- rice paper (8 to 10 sheets)
- Slice peach and apple into matchstick sized pieces.
- Slice strawberries (and kiwi if you're using it) into thin slices.
- Slice mango into thin strips (if you opt to add the mango)
- Remove stems from spinach leaves (the hard stems may break through the rice paper).
- Wet the rice paper and lay on flat work surface.
- Lay the spinach or lettuce pieces on the rice paper, centered and about 1 inch from one edge of the rice paper. Use about 1 spinach leaf per roll.
- Lay the mango slices across the spinach or lettuce (if you're adding mango)
- Lay the apple and peach slices on top of the spinach.
- Roll up the filling, one full roll.
- Place about 3 strawberry slices (and kiwi, if you opted to use it) on the rice paper, directly next to the current edge of the roll.
- Fold both sides over and finish rolling.
- Cut or don't, depending on your need.
- To keep the apple from browning, soak the slices in 1 cup water mixed with the juice of 1/2 a lime.
- These are best when put together within a few hours of serving, though the fruit can be prepped the night before.
- If serving in a dish, use lettuce or spinach leaves to keep the rolls separated so they don't stick together. Some people will also wrap the extra lettuce or spinach around the rolls when eating.