Spring Roll Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wrap
A twist on a spring roll, this recipe was inspired by a
Spring Roll Salad in Kowalski’s Market most recent magazine. Fresh herbs, summer veggies, cold rice noodles and spicy peanut sauce all rolled up in a crisp lettuce leaf—the perfect appetizer or first course with cocktails on the patio as the weather proclaims it’s just about June! Gluten-free and vegan too, and totally delicious. Enjoy!
Lettuce leaves

Spring Roll Lettuce Wraps

8 oz. rice noodles or vermicelli, broken half or quarters
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped cucumber
¾ cup sliced green onions
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup chopped mint
¼ cup chopped basil

½ cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons, smooth, natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon Thai sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon Asian chili-garlic paste
A dash of salt

¾ cup salted peanuts, salted
8-10 romaine lettuce leaves

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water and drain again.

In large bowl, combine carrot, cucumber, green onions, cilantro, mint and basil. Add well-drained noodles and use a tongs to mix the noodles into the veggie-herb mixture.

In a small bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, lime juice, peanut butter, Thai sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, chili-garlic paste, and salt. Pour half the sauce over the noodle mixture and gently use the tongs to incorporate it. Add about half the peanuts and toss again.

To assemble, place a romaine leaf on a plate and, using the tongs, set some of the noodle mixture in the middle. Drizzle with a little more sauce and top with chopped peanuts. Fold leaf over the filling. If the leaf is extra-large, you may want to cut the wrap in half to make it easier to pick up and eat. Makes 8-10 wraps.


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