Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Good morning!

Just like last week, I am drowning in lettuce.

Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Well actually, I am on the beach, freed of my usual self-imposed responsibility to use up fresh produce as quickly as possible. So when I say I am drowning in lettuce, I really mean that my fridge at home is… probably very wilted lettuce at this point, because I’m sure no cooking is being done while I’m gone.

Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Good thing I used up some lettuce last week by making these wraps! I am planning on wrapping everything in lettuce in the near future. You want pasta? Gotta wrap it in lettuce. Ice cream? I bet it will taste good with crunchy green exterior. Use that stuff up!

Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce

These lettuce wraps are very simple, and they don’t involve turning on the oven or stove. I first made them when I was starving one night and was frantically trying to shove anything dinner-like in my face as fast as possible. They were delicious. I thought about trying to dress them up for you… marinate and cook the tofu? Add some noodles? But then I thought, why bother? If I am satisfied by wrapping some raw things in a lettuce leaf and dipping it all in peanut sauce, I bet you will be, too.

Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce

But let’s be real, I could gnaw on my own fingers dipped in peanut sauce and still be a happy camper. Or slurp it from a spoon… either one.

I hope the same goes for you. Slurp.

Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce
 
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Yields: 20 wraps to serve 4 people
Ingredients
For the peanut dipping sauce:
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
For the lettuce wraps:
  • 20 large lettuce leaves
  • 10 oz extra firm tofu, drained, patted dry, and sliced into finger-sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ~20-25 Thai basil leaves (or sub regular basil)
Instructions
  1. Blend all peanut dipping sauce ingredients together. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. To assemble the lettuce wraps, place several pieces each of the tofu, red pepper, and cucumber cross-wise at the leafy end of the lettuce leaf (not the crunchy end). Top with 1-2 Thai basil leaves. Fold sides of lettuce in, then roll down toward the crunchy end of the leaf. This can be done ahead of time, but I think it's fun to serve all the components and have each person assemble their own wraps.
  3. Serve with peanut dipping sauce in individual bowls - double-dipping will be necessary! Enjoy.

 

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{ 17 comments }

  • Nicole July 29, 2013, 8:53 am

    Yummy!! You should try quinoa+guacamole wrapped in lettuce…delish! Definitely going to try that sauce!

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  • Jaclyn July 29, 2013, 9:10 am

    I love lettuce wraps…that peanut sauce sounds divine!

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  • Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies July 29, 2013, 11:00 am

    I have an obsession and love for lettuce that nothing can ever satiate, so I LOVE lettuce wraps. Can’t wait to dunk them in this peanut sauce!

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  • Julia July 29, 2013, 11:19 am

    I loooooove lettuce wraps! We should hang out!

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  • Becky @ Olives n Wine July 29, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I too could eat my own fingers if they were dipped in peanut sauce ;) Or peanut butter, let’s be honest. Love the lettuce here – I’m all about figuring out ways to sneak extra greens into my diet!

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  • Irina @ wandercrush July 29, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Peanut dipping sauce is so irresistible… I usually end up eating it with a spoon, though!

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  • dishing up the dirt July 29, 2013, 11:54 pm

    you know I love a good lettuce wrap! this sounds delicious. The dipping sauce is spoon worthy!

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  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 30, 2013, 11:08 am

    These look so good! And seriously I wouldn’t even need a spoon, I’d probably just pick up the bowl of peanut sauce like it was miso soup and slurp it up :-P

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    • Erica August 1, 2013, 9:27 am

      Haha love the visual!

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  • Cori @ olivetorun July 30, 2013, 11:52 am

    Lettuce wraps are delicious- especially in summer… perfect meal :D

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    • Erica August 1, 2013, 9:28 am

      Thanks Cori! Yep, any cold easy meal usually ends up being my fave in the summertime :)

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  • Sarah @ making thyme for health July 30, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Now, I know these are delicious because I made a recipe just like it recently! Mine are made with tempeh though. I love peanut sauce with all of my heart and it’s so good with lettuce wraps. Great minds think alike! ;)

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    • Erica August 1, 2013, 9:50 am

      I will have to experiment with tempeh more! Sounds like a great combo.

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  • Ryan August 1, 2013, 10:19 am

    Hi Erica!
    I made these today and they were delicious! I subbed the filling for carrot, cucumber and green onion and they were delicious and fresh. If I wanted to thicken up the sauce, I guess I’d just use less coconut milk, huh? Thanks for posting this one! :D

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    • Erica August 1, 2013, 9:00 pm

      Glad you liked these, Ryan! You could definitely use less coconut milk to thicken up the sauce, and even more pb if you wanted. :)

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      • Ryan August 2, 2013, 4:21 am

        Sweet, good idea! Thanks again!

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