Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl's Top 5 Lettuce Wrap Recipes

Dump the taco shell and embrace the lettuce wrap!

Off The Menu with Dara Grumdahl
September 07, 2018 - 10:40 am

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BLT Wrap 
This is an entry level wrap. All you’re going to do here is make a BLT, ideally with avocado, and instead of putting it on bread, serve it in a Bibb lettuce leaf.  The sour-cream dressing they using instead of dressing also makes more intuitive sense than just spreading mayo on a lettuce leaf. I also will note that if you try to feed this to unadventurous, food-suspicious people they will try it more readily than any other dish on this page because: It’s a BLT! 

Pork Larb Lettuce Wrap from Plum Alley Restaurant in Salt Lake City
One of my all-time favorite foods is southeast Asian Larb Salad, made with ground meat and lots of herbs, chilies, and lime juice. I get it at every Thai or Lao restaurant  I go to, it’s so light and summery. But you can also make it at home! This is the best recipe I’ve tried for it, from a famous restaurant I’ve never been to in Salt Lake City called Plum Alley.  Put this on the table with a good riesling or ice-cold pilsner beer and you have yourself a very nice summer night dinner party. 

Duck Pistachio Lettuce Wrap
Can a lettuce-wrap be made with good Minnesota duck, and served with Pinot Noir on a white tablecloth? Yes! Just pair some duck confit with pistachios and fresh tarragon leaves, tuck it all into lettuce wraps with quick pickled chili peppers, and pour the wine. Don’t tell anyone but you can also make this with smoked chicken or a plain old grocery store rotisserie chicken, if you’re feeling like getting things done fast. 

Rick Bayless Chicken and Avocado Salad for Lettuce Wraps
You can make a quick Mexican-inspired chicken salad with a rotisserie chicken, cubes of avocado, and a chipotle dressing. This is a really good chicken salad to pack in a picnic basket and take on a long bike ride, or take out on the boat.  Who eats Mexican lettuce wraps on a boat? You do if you’re lucky. 

David Chang’s Bo Ssam Korean Pork Shoulder Lettuce Wrap
You could argue that the most influential chef of the last decade is New York City’s David Chang, and you could argue that he got so influential because everyone fell head over heels for his way of roasting a pork shoulder Korean-style, and serving it in style with lettuce wraps. This is the most phenomenal recipe. If you do this and have a dinner party around it you will have achieved summer-Thanksgiving. Everything about this dish is delicious and wonderful.