How to Make Lettuce Wraps
We’re showing you how to make lettuce wraps because they’re a deliciously healthy solution when you’re cutting carbs or simply want something different for dinner.
Lettuce wraps are such a great way to eat lots of fresh vegetables and make a dish that’s still full of flavor. If you follow the guidelines below, you’ll be able to come up with a winning dish and unique combinations.
What Lettuce Should I Use for Lettuce Wraps?
Great question! Any green leafy lettuce with a lot of surface area and structure will work. You’re looking for something that’ll work as a way to hold all your toppings without falling apart. Butterhead lettuce tends to be a favorite since it’s malleable enough to act almost like a tortilla without snapping when it’s bent. Other great options are iceberg, romaine, loose leaf lettuce and escarole.
Which Meats To Use In Lettuce Wraps
You can use just about anything for the protein. Shrimp, chicken and ground meat are all great lean options, but you could also use a thinly cut steak to make your wraps a little more hearty. If you want a vegetarian option, tofu or edamame would make a great base. Be sure to season the meats or other proteins well to ensure each layer of your wrap has a ton of flavor.
Which Vegetables Should You Use In Lettuce Wraps?
Crunchy vegetables are where you can get creative and make these wraps your own. Shredded carrots and red cabbage are always a great option. You could also use bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, cucumber, peppers, radishes, onions… really, anything. A great option is heading to the salad bar at your local grocery store and picking out pre-cut vegetables to get a lot of variety without too much waste (or time doing prepwork).
What About Avocado In Lettuce Wraps?
We know avocado is a vegetable and so it should go in the above, but it really deserves it’s own category, don’t you think? This healthy fat tends to go great with any combination that you put on a wrap.
Which Herbs Work Well In Lettuce Wraps?
Herbs can make lettuce wraps really stand out. Something as simple as cilantro on top will change the whole flavor and add more depth to the wrap. If you’re looking for Thai flavors, try Thai basil and mint. Chives work everywhere. Always. And, green onions are also great, even if they aren’t technically herbs.
What Sauce To Use On A Lettuce Wraps?
Here is where you can really make lettuce wraps your own. Lime juice on its own can be a great topping if you’re looking for something really simple. Two other great options are sweet chili sauce or a peanut-based sauce. You can buy these already made at the grocery store, but a quick favorite peanut sauce can be made at home by whisking together peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, and sriracha. How much of each? Start with a good dollop of peanut butter (1/2 cup or so) and then add dribbles of the rest until it gets to the exact salty, sweet, spicy place that you love. Finish it with a squeeze of lime and serve.
What to Serve with Lettuce Wraps?
You can serve something as simple as the sauce on the side with extra vegetables and spring or summer rolls, or even just rice to eat with the veggies that may have fallen from your wrap.