Lettuce Wraps w/ Ginger, Carrot & Shredded Tofu

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on July 16, 2012

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Lettuce Wraps w/ Ginger, Carrot & Shredded Tofu

It may still be the middle of winter here in Australia but over the weekend it sure didn’t feel like it. We were welcomed with a warm sunny Saturday morning; almost like summer. It must be this that inspired me to make something simple, fresh and crunchy despite the winter chill that has returned today.

It’s a very simple, super quick and healthy recipe perfect for a light meal or something good to share with a couple of friends in the sunshine. I used a combination of purple and your usual orange carrot here, which works for lovely contrast. Try just carrot or even beetroot if you can’t find those lovely purple ones.

These little lettuce wraps are just right for a healthy light meal or serve them up as a snack or starter at your next barbeque or picnic. A colourful and fun way to enjoy your veggies!!

Lettuce Wraps w/ Ginger, Carrot & Shredded Tofu

Preparation time: 10minutes
Serves 2 (light meal) 4 (snack/starter)

  • 2 carrots, coarsely grated (or try 1 one carrot and 1 small beetroot)
  • 1 zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 1 chilli, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 cos lettuce, leaves separated and washed
  • ¼ cup raw peanuts, dry roasted & coarsely chopped or smashed
  • 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 2 tsp palm sugar, grated
  • 100g spicy marinated tofu, shredded
  • Small handful Thai basil leaves
  • oil for deep-frying

Combine the grated vegetables, diced chilli if using and peanuts in a large bowl.

Whisk or shake together in a jar the grated ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice and palm sugar until combined. Toss the dressing through the grated vegetables and peanuts until well combined.

Heat about 2cm of oil in a small frying pan over a medium/high heat until the surface begins to shimmer. Drop in the basil leaves and fry quickly for a few seconds, remove and lay on absorbent paper.

To serve arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter top with dressed grated vegetables, shredded tofu and a few deep fried basil leaves.

Alternatively lay out the ingredients and allow everyone to assemble their own.

Great healthy and simple finger food best enjoyed outside in the sunshine!

Lettuce Wraps w/ Ginger, Carrot & Shredded Tofu
Lettuce Wraps w/ Ginger, Carrot & Shredded Tofu

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Madison @ Veggieful.com July 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

This looks delicious! I have never tried anything that uses lettuce as the wrap. I really want to though. I love your photography…. all of your photos look so beautiful! :)

chow vegan July 17, 2012 at 5:43 am

Haven’t seen purple carrots before but they sure look pretty! A beautiful and refreshing summer dish! :-)

katipillar July 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi Trudy!
I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog and I can’t wait to start trying all these great recipes! I’m hoping that I can cut down my family’s meat intake as quite frankly, I’m over it! I reckon with your recipes I’ll be able to make us a flexitarian family.
Thanks once again for all your beautiful recipes.

Simone July 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I love lettuce wraps! They’re such a fun an easy way for a healthy quick recipe. It’s (supposed to be) summer here at the moment s I’m sort of waiting for the weather to be lettuce-like….;) Judging by the constant rain we’ve been having that might be a while. But will keep this in mind!

Katie July 18, 2012 at 1:11 am

Those are beautiful! Particularly with the purple carrots. I love lettuce wraps but haven’t had any in ages. I’ve never thought to shred the tofu like that either. Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ll definitely be trying these!

meatballs & milkshakes July 18, 2012 at 1:28 am

These look amazing! I’ve never made lettuce wraps at home, but it’s so easy and healthy..I should try it out!

Marly July 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

Trudy, you are like a fine wine – just getting better every day. Love this recipe and can’t wait to try it. Heading out to spend a couple of week with my hubby’s parents – can’t wait to try this recipe with them!

Miss Foodie July 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Delicious!!! And as always your photos are beautiful :)

Lena July 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Do you buy the tofu marinated or do you make the marinade yourself? I’d love to try these wraps, they look really good, perfect for a warm day

Amy July 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Right, there’s dinner sorted. Thanks for sharing. :)

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