These portable bite-sized vegan lettuce cups are bursting with an assortment of crisp and crunchy spring vegetables and herbs.
The first word that comes to mind when I think of these lettuce cups is: fresh since they’re just about the freshest thing you can sink your teeth into and represent everything I love about springtime eating.
But the really lovely part is how simple they are to assemble, making it that much easier to pack any meal full of healthy raw vegetables while still being filling.
These veggie lettuce wraps are positively bursting with springtime goodness. Inside is a pile of herb flecked crisp and crunchy snap peas and watermelon radishes sitting on top of cooling cucumber noodles and a bed of creamy almond spread, that’s all wrapped up in a tender butter lettuce leaf.
It’s crunchy and fresh and the perfect thing to bring on a picnic or barbeque or set out on a platter for brunch or lunch. Every bite is filled with an array of tastes, textures and colors.
How to make vegan lettuce cups:
- The creamy garlic almond spread (based on this recipe) comes together quickly in the food processor and has a taste and texture reminiscent of hummus (If you have a day to let it sit in the fridge do so, as the flavor will only improve.) Its spread generously onto the lettuce leaves as the base for the vegetables.
- Next up are the cucumber noodles along with a snap pea and radish slaw. The slaw is dressed with a fresh herb oil made from a mix of springtime herbs like parsley, chives and mint.
- The almond spread gives the lettuce wraps a nice creamy foundation, while the vegetables add a cooling crunch and the herb oil a light and bright taste of spring. Wrapped up tight, it’s like a burst of springtime in every bite.
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These portable bite-sized spring lettuce cups are bursting with an assortment of crisp and crunchy vegetables and herbs.
For the Almond Garlic Spread:
- ½ cup/56g almonds
- 1 Tablespoon/15ml extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoons/22ml lemon juice
- ¼ cup/60ml filtered water
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 small clove of garlic
For the Herb Oil:
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, stems removed
- ¼ cup chives
- 2 Tablespoons mint leaves
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
For the Lettuce Cups:
- 2 small watermelon radishes, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 1 cup snap peas, thinly cut lengthwise
- 2 Persian cucumbers, made into noodles with a julienne peeler or a spiralizer
- Leaves from a butter head lettuce for serving
Make the Almond Garlic Spread:
- Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the almonds to the boiling water, turn off heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Drain in a colander. Remove the almond peels by squeezing each almond firmly at the base between your thumb and index finger until the skin pops off.
- Add peeled almonds and the rest of the ingredients to a small blender or food processor and process until smooth. (Scrape down the sides of the bowl and adding more water as needed.) Taste and adjust seasoning. Cover and chill until needed.
Make the Herb Oil:
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Blanch the herbs in the boiling water for a few seconds. Quickly remove the herbs and place in the ice bath to cool. Remove blanched herbs from water and squeeze gently to remove excess water.
- Roughly chop and place in a small food processor. Add the olive oil and salt and process until smooth.
Make the Lettuce Cups:
- Toss the snap peas and radishes with half the herb oil. (Refrigerate remaining oil for another use.)
- Spread a spoonful of almond spread onto the bottom of each lettuce cup.
- Divide cucumber noodles evenly between lettuce leaves, top with radish and snap pea slaw and serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g
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Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.