Carrots, cucumber, kelp noodles and a creamy sesame sunflower sauce fill these summer roll inspired lettuce wraps.
I’ve always been a fan of lettuce wraps, especially come summer when fast, no-cook meals are in heavy rotation. They’re quick and easy and one of the freshest things you can make other than a salad, each bite filled with plenty of pleasing crunch.
They make a great appetizer, lunch or light dinner and with their pretty presentation are a natural for entertaining, which is just another reason to love lettuce wraps.
All you really need is a good sturdy leaf for your base, something with crunch, that’s hardy enough to stand up to the filling but flexible enough to fold over (I like red butter lettuce.)
Next up is the filling, where anything goes really. I’ve used cucumber and kelp noodles here along with shredded carrots for a summer roll inspired wrap, but you can use whatever raw vegetables you have on hand. They key is to make a combination of thin slaw-like vegetables along with longer softer noodles, you want a contrast of flavors and textures in each bite.
If you’re not familiar with kelp noodles, they are made entirely from seaweed and go anywhere you’d normally use rice noodles. What makes them so unique is that they are virtually calorie-free at only 6 calories for 4oz of noodles and don’t require any cooking. They come out of the package a bit squeaky and stiff but the trick to getting soft and squidgy noodles is a quick lemon and salt bath.
Once you have your filling ready it’s just a matter of assembly. The dressing here is an Asian inspired sesame sunflower sauce, which I like to drizzle into the wraps as well as serve on the side for dipping into. (If you have any sauce leftover, it also makes a lovely dip for raw vegetables like snap peas and carrots.) A few chives scattered across the top and you’re all set.
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