Throughout my time experimenting with raw veganism, I have come to love all manner of leafy green wraps. Let’s be honest: eating a big bowl of salad night after night can be boring! The little kid in me LOVES eating with my hands and being messy. Create a salad in wrap form, and dinner becomes a party that delights my inner child. And I know I can always give my inner child more love, laughter, and levity.

 

While living in Hawaii, my proclivity for lettuce wraps only intensified. At the natural grocery store in Hilo, there is an amazing prepared food counter with made-to-order sandwiches. All the raw vegans knew the not-so-secret off-menu order: choose lettuce as your bread, order all the veggies your heart desires for the filling, and voila! Gorgeous island fresh lettuce wraps manifest, and depending on the chef’s skill, may just fall apart on you while you eat, but are delicious nonetheless!

 

This recipe was definitely inspired by the lettuce wraps at Island Naturals in Hilo. I can’t wait to add colorful bell peppers when they come in season here. Grated carrot and beet also work well. Sauerkraut is a wonderful addition. And if you’re not going for completely overt fat-free, add some avocado or olives! Have fun with this recipe, and be sure to add your favorite fruits and veggies to the mix!

 

Ingredients:

1 head of romaine lettuce

2 cobs of corn

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

1 cucumber, coarsely chopped

4 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

1 cup fresh broccoli sprouts

(optional) green onion, cilantro, parsley, basil, and/or herbs of choice

(optional to really spice things up!) favorite hot sauce or organic mustard

 

Steps:

  1. Separate lettuce leaves and place in a bowl.
  2. In a food processor, pulse blend tomatoes, cucumber, celery, and any herbs you are using. Place filling mixture in a bowl.
  3. Remove corn kernels from cob, and add to filling. Toss to combine.
  4. Rinse sprouts and place in small bowl, or you can add them to the filling. I like them separate. Growing up, I was that kid with nothing touching on my plate, so I’ve come a LONG way!
  5. Load up your lettuce leaves with the filling and top with the sprouts. Drizzle with or dip in your favorite hot sauce or mustard. I like to put a thin layer of the hot sauce or mustard on my lettuce first and then load it up with the filling and sprouts. It’s up to you!
  6. Bring some aloha into your life wherever you are in the world!

 

Published by Taylor Norris