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Lumpia Salad Recipe: De-constructed Fried Spring Rolls

Talia Cortez (@taliacor)

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr),
Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jolo Marcelo (@yolomarcelo)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

Annika Hernandez (@anneequa_)

We’ve all been there: standing in front of a plate of lumpia, wishing you could eat all 100 pieces. The appetizer is a staple in all Filipino celebrations. It’s always one of the first things to run out, either during the meal itself or when everybody packs food in to-go containers after the party. No one can resist the trifecta of a crispy lumpia wrapper, meaty filling, and sweet chili sauce. We’ve taken all of those characteristics and applied them to this lumpia salad recipe.

Lumpia Salad

We’ll be the first to admit that, yes, this is basically a de-constructed lumpia. It’s not a conventional healthy green salad, so we can’t really recommend it for people looking to eat “lighter” and “healthier.” What it is, instead, is a hearty, flavorful, textured appetizer. It promises everything you love about lumpia without the extra effort of having to roll individual pieces.

How to Make Lumpia Salad

Lumpia Salad Ingredients
Here’s all you need to make this recipe.

This lumpia salad recipe starts with our homemade sweet chili sauce; to which you’ll add sesame oil and rice wine vinegar for both a bit of savoriness and brightness. You’ll use this as your dressing, so set this aside for later.

Adding Sesame Oil to Dressing
Adding Rice Wine Vinegar to Dressing
Mixing Dressing

The next step is to fry your pork. You can swap this for or mix in beef or chicken (or maybe even some seafood, if you’re into that). What’s important is that you get a nice sear. You can do this by leaving the meat undisturbed—we mean it, no moving it around—for a few minutes until it’s brown on the outside.

Searing Pork

Once you’ve got those crisp parts, add the garlic and ginger, and move everything around, cooking the meat until there are no more pink parts. Don’t forget to season it with salt as you go!

While your meat cools down a bit, add oil to your pan to start frying your lumpia wrappers. Technically, you can do this salad with just the mix-ins and the dressing. But the crunchy wrappers are a non-negotiable part of lumpia, so we couldn’t not have it in there.

Frying Lumpia Wrappers

It’s very easy to do. Just wait for your oil to get hot, then drop your lumpia wrappers one at a time. It should only take a couple of seconds to cook and crisp up. Let these drain on a paper towel so they don’t get all soggy.

Fried Lumpia Wrappers

The final step of this recipe is what makes it a salad—tossing everything together.

Vegetables
Veg city.

In a large platter or bowl, combine the cabbage, green onions, carrots, and red onions. Add the slightly cooled pork, then pour the dressing a little at a time, tossing until the ingredients are well-combined and everything’s coated. Finally, top the dish with your fried lumpia wrappers, either whole or in pieces.

Mixing Lumpia Salad
Lumpia Salad Close-up

This lumpia salad recipe makes for a great salad for large group gatherings—the same way lumpia is a great appetizer for celebrations. We recommend frying a whole bunch of lumpia wrappers for this; it’s the best part.

Lumpia Salad Recipe

Difficulty

Easy

Serving Size

6-8 people

Active Time

30 mins

Total Time

30 mins

Instructions for Lumpia Salad

  1. Whisk together sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a pan over high heat, add the oil and the ground pork.
  3. Cook the pork until well browned then add garlic and ginger.
  4. Continue cooking until fragrant, about 5 minutes, seasoning with salt.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Heat oil for frying in a pan to 350F.
  7. Add lumpia wrappers, frying until golden and crispy, about 5-10 seconds each.
  8. Remove from oil and let drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  9. To assemble the salad, toss together the cabbage, green onions, carrots, and red onion until well mixed.
  10. Add the slightly cooled pork then add the dressing a little bit at a time, tossing until well combined.
  11. Place on a platter and top with fried lumpia wrappers before serving.

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