Lettuce wraps are not only delicious and fresh, but they're also incredibly versatile. From Asian style to Mexican style, there is literally an infinite number of ways that you can create a fun and flavorful lettuce wrap. But the question is what to serve with lettuce wraps.
While there are some traditional sides that usually accompany lettuce wraps — like crunchy vegetables or noodles — there's no rule saying that's all you should pair with your lettuce wrap creations!
In this blog post, we'll explore some of the tasty side dishes perfect for adding flavor and texture to your next meal featuring one (or more!) lively leafy greens wrapped up into a handheld snack.
What are lettuce wraps?
Lettuce wraps are simply a way to wrap up ingredients inside a fresh lettuce leaf instead of using bread or tortillas. Common vegetables that are added to lettuce wraps include cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and sprouts.
You can also add proteins like grilled chicken or tofu for a complete meal. Popular sauces or dressings, such as teriyaki or peanut sauce, are often added for extra flavor. The possibilities are endless!
Is it healthier to use lettuce wraps?
Yes! Compared to processed bread and tortillas, lettuce wraps are much lower in carbohydrates and calories. For those watching their weight, opting for lettuce wraps instead of traditional sandwiches can be a big help. Plus, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals that you’d be missing out on if you went with a traditional wrap or sandwich.
What kind of lettuce is used?
Most types of lettuce are suitable for making lettuce wraps, but some varieties work better than others. Crispier types like iceberg and romaine hold up the best, while butter or bibb lettuces tend to be too delicate. You can also try using cabbage, endive, arugula, collard greens, and other leafy greens.
Why serve sides with them?
Sides are a great way to add color, flavor, and texture to your lettuce wraps. Traditional sides like pickled vegetables, noodles such as soba or udon, and crunchy salads like cucumber or cabbage work well.
However, feel free to get creative with your sides; you can serve anything from roasted potatoes to quinoa bowls! Whatever you decide to serve, make sure the side dishes are flavorful enough to stand up to the strong flavors of the lettuce wrap ingredients.
What are some ideas for sides with lettuce wraps?
Of course, we have some suggestions for you when it comes to what to serve with lettuce wraps. It is so easy to make a complete nutritious meal with lettuce wraps.
You can add a protein to your wrap itself, or you can serve a protein on the side. Lettuce wraps make a great meal on a hot day or a day you just don't feel like cooking much.
Lettuce wraps are a great way to enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal without feeling overly heavy or weighed down. And when you pair them with side dishes that add flavor and texture, your meal becomes even more flavorful and satisfying.
The best part is that there are countless possibilities for sides— from traditional pickled vegetables to creative quinoa bowls— so you never have to worry about getting bored with your next lettuce wrap feast! So get creative, and whip up a delicious lettuce wrap meal today.