Monday, 6 July 2009

A healthy interlude: salad lettuce wraps

It's been dessert central round here recently and I fancied a change from bread and dips, and cakes for my lunch today. I was all alone for the first time in ages - the Norse deities have departed and The Scientist was working at his office today.

My lunch was inspired in an effort to use up some lettuce. We find it hard to get through a whole head of lettuce but I hate accidentally letting it go to waste. I was going to make gazpacho soup with some other salad ingredients, but then I thought I could wrap my salad up in lettuce leaves and make a fun and tasty little lunch with almost no effort.

I used a round lettuce with quite floppy leaves which made the rolling up easier. The salad was made of stuff I had in the fridge - raw broccoli, carrot ribbons, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, a bit of feta, some sweetcorn, with some pumpkin seeds scattered on the top. I bet adding a grain would be good too. I made up an easy dipping sauce of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and a tiny drizzle of agave nectar, though it turned out to be easier to take the sauce to the wrap rather than the other way round (my leaves weren't big enough to enclose the filling completely!)

It was colourful, crunchy and tasty, and a new perfect way to use up lettuce. While looking up ideas for the lettuce I found some great tips on making it keep longer at Pinch my Salt. Nicole swears by a salad spinner which we don't have, but it does apparently make a big difference. If only we had any spare space in our cupboards :( Next post, back to the desserts!


Tracy said...

Hello long lost friend! Just catching up on all your yummy posts. The cupcakes look especially delicious. Let's try to connect by phone soon - email me with a suggested date/time. xx

Johanna said...

I sympathise - it is always hard to use up a lettuce here too - which stops me buying them - I love your wraps - some of the ways I use lettuce are in salad sandwiches and in tacos - but I want to try a lettuce risotto I saw on the web!

Lysy said...

Hello Tracy! I will be in touch!

Johanna - lettuce risotto? Now that does sound interesting...

Anonymous said...

reminds me of the seaweed wrap I had at Yo Sushi the other night - very tasty

Granny M