Lettuce wraps are a fun way to eat salad – disguised as a “lettuce boat” it may encourage children to eat more salad! (and maybe it will work for my husband too..)
Lettuce wraps are simply leaves of romaine lettuce filled with a grain & vegetable mixture. They are simple to make and you can really mix any vegetables in with the grain. I used couscous, but quinoa, rice or cracked wheat would work equally well. For protein I added white beans, but you could add pieces of protein such as chicken, tofu or shrimp to them. A few crumbles of feta and a drizzle of salad dressing on top pulls them altogether.
For my Lettuce Wraps I used:
- 1 1/2 cups of cooked couscous (quinoa, or cracked wheat could be substituted)
- 1 cup of white beans (any bean or chickpea would work)
- 1/4 cup of sliced radishes
- 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
- 1/3 cup of chopped sweet peppers
- 1/3 cup of minced fresh mint & basil
- 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
- 1/3 cup of feta cheese crumble
- 2 TB. of olive oil
- juice of one lemon
- salt & fresh ground pepper
* Make your couscous or grain according to the directions on the package. Chill in a bowl in the refrigerator.
* Add the chopped and minced vegetables, beans & feta to the bowl of couscous. Then lightly toss together with the olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. (reserve a few TB. of each item to decorate the tops with)
Arrange your romaine lettuce leaves and spoon the couscous mixture into them. Top with the reserved chopped veggies, some extra feta and the pomegranate seeds.
Drizzle your favorite creamy salad dressing over them (over even better make your own) and add a little more fresh ground pepper.
Serve & enjoy!