Here’s what to serve with lettuce wraps for a lunch that really shines!
Harried days mean meals eaten with your hands on your way out the door or at your desk — it’s a good thing you packed that lettuce wrap.
And that … that’s it?
Say it ain’t so.
Sides are where it’s at, after all. But not to worry; we’ve got you.
T-minus 30 minutes till lunch and we’ve eaten those lettuce wraps three times in our heads already.
Worrying whether they’ll be full after their next meal is a glutton’s chief-concern, after all, so it should come as no surprise to you that we take our sides very seriously.
The days of wishing you’d packed an extra granola bar are over.
While it may be what’s inside that counts, pull up this list when you could use a tasty side dish to serve with lettuce wraps!
From flavor-packed Udon Noodle Stir Fry With Snow Peas And Tofu to fun and yummy Loaded Tot-chos to the lightly sweet and filling Shrimp Stuffed Avocados, here’s what to serve with lettuce wraps!
This brilliant, vividly-red pickled salad’s got a winsome sour twang that’ll go with just about anything — the perfect finishing flourish for your stew, sandwich or stir fry (and your lettuce wraps, of course).
Musaengchae presents an excellent opportunity to brush up on your julienning-skills, but if you’re anything like us you’ll want a mandoline for this. Just mind your fingers.
These stuffed peppers have loads going for them.
They come together in a pinch, you can serve them by themselves or as part of a larger spread, they’re lovely warm or at room temperature and best of all, whether freshly prepared or heated in the microwave at lunch, the flavors come together with lettuce wraps perfectly.
One bite of this sunny, throw-together bean salad and we’re instantly transported to a sun-dappled terrace in Amalfi.
Peppery beans, earthy quinoa, fizzy tomatoes — magic is real.
Chewy, silken udon noodles tossed with verdant peas and crunchy, well-spiced tofu — we’re obsessed.
You’ll want to give this a nice, vigorous stir prior to serving to make sure everything’s melding well.
Cooking Chew Tip: We love to toss a few prawns in this and make a dinner of it; they play off the tofu’s delicious meatiness beautifully.
Cucumbers are the building-blocks of many-a cooling summer salad…
… but they’re also plenty capable of holding their own.
Here, the much-loved cucumber takes center stage in this bracingly-fiery and addictively crunchy Thai staple.
Double up on the crisp-crunch: Sides for lettuce wraps don’t get a whole lot better than this!
We’d happily lunch on just this heaped atop some glass-noodles with chili oil.
The choy-sum is the star of the show — verdant and crunchy — so go through the extra trouble of finding some that’s fresh and sprightly.
A generous dusting of roughly-chopped, roasted peanuts adds a wonderful crunch.
We’re ushering in the tater-tot renaissance with this comforting, delicious one-tray-wonder.
Golden, burnished tater tots smothered in sour cream, ranch, cheddar and finished with a scattering of crispy pork crumblings — little ones will thrill at this — and so will you.
Armfuls of broccoli breathing down your neck?
This earthy, full-flavored salad scattered with salty, tangy feta and smoky bacon is a thing of wonder…
…perfect in its supporting role as part of a cozy supper or lunch.
A stunningly-simple bowl of noodles you can have on your knee in under 30 — the secret is all in the sweet-sour chili garlic sauce.
You can pick some up at any Asian grocer or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, make your own.
Our favorite tuber finds its perfect match in chorizo and golden onions.
A creamy, satisfying and versatile bake that should take little more than an hour even if you aren’t the cook of cooks.
One of the best sides to go with lettuce wraps we’ve tried.
Hobak Bokkeum is a gorgeous, simple dish of zucchini, garlic, sesame oil and sesame seeds, each of which is smartly deployed for a boldy-flavorsome meal that tingles all the way down.
A little soju certainly wouldn’t be remiss here.
There can be no justification for attempting to sell you on this.
They’re garlic bacon mushrooms, for crying out loud.
We’re not sure how much more persuasive we could be.
We’ll pile these into a billowing croissant for breakfast, toss them with noodles for lunch, eat them straight out of the pan for dinner…
… not bad for something whipped up on a greedy whim in 20 minutes.
Speaking of garlic and mushrooms, here’s a hearty stir fry that will also please!
Well balanced, with sweet and sour notes, the presence of these Taiwanese-style potatoes at the table always feels a little like the sun suddenly appearing from behind the clouds.
14. Sesame Tofu
A good tofu recipe should be part of every cook’s repertoire.
This has all the fiery, crunchy delights of your favorite takeaway-tofu sans the guilt-inducing greasiness.
A brazenly good, nigh-instantaneous snack.
One of the tricks of working with mustard greens is that you can turn out a more than serviceable stir fry or sauce without that much work at all.
You’ll want to keep a light hand, though.
Too much heat or stirring and the greens simply disintegrate.
We like to add little more textural depth to what is essentially a texture-less side dish for lettuce wraps with roasted peanuts or braised, crunchy tofu.
This is our very own recipe for a filling but light option to accompany lettuce wraps.
When you need just a bit more heft in your lunch, this option is easy to throw together and quick-stuff into perfectly right avos.
We added some tips for prepping the shrimp, cutting the onions, and picking out the perfect avocado.
This Whole30-compliant little number adds a touch of sweetness too with some fresh pineapple.
The bottom line
All out of lettuce wrap side dish ideas? Hope this list helps you make some tough (but delicious) choices.
Lettuce wraps are proof positive that this sorely-undervalued leaf (no, Iceberg, nobody was talking about you; go away) is good for a lot more than hiding in a burger or shredding to bits in a salad.
Rabbit food? Far from it, thanks very much.
Be that as it may, we can’t be the only ones who never know what sides go with lettuce wraps.
Can you serve a salad alongside a wrap if the wrap is mostly vegetables anyway?
Is that too strong a vegetable note?
Are stuffing peppers really the way to go?
You be the judge.
And if you just need more ideas, here are some Asian soup recipes that might also fill the bill, too.
Sound off in the comments or on our Facebook page and let us know what you think.
- Musaengchae (Spicy Radish Salad)
- Low Carb Lasagna Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Quinoa And Black Bean Salad
- Udon Noodle Stir Fry With Snow Peas And Tofu
- Thai Cucumber Salad
- Blanched Choy Sum With Garlic Sauce
- Loaded Tot-Chos
- Roasted Broccoli Salad
- 25 Minute Chili Garlic Rice Noodle Salad
- Portuguese Chorizo And Sweet Potato Bakes
- Hobak Bokkeum: Korean Zucchini Side Dish
- Garlic Bacon Mushrooms
- Crunchy Potato Stir Fry With Vinegar
- Sesame Tofu
- Wat Tan Gai Choy: Stir Fried Mustard Greens In An Egg Sauce
- Shrimp Stuffed Avocados
- Think about your favorite recipe when planning what to serve with lettuce wraps.
- Gather the ingredients and make it for lunch!
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