Just like last week, I am drowning in lettuce.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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
- 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)
- Blend all peanut dipping sauce ingredients together. Set aside until ready to serve.
- 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.
- Serve with peanut dipping sauce in individual bowls - double-dipping will be necessary! Enjoy.