What sides pair best with lettuce wraps? The best sides for lettuce wraps include shrimp stuffed avocado, spicy radish salad, rice noodle salad, pickled cucumber salad, and roasted broccoli salad. Then, roasted garlic basil pesto potatoes, deviled eggs, and baked French fries flavored with garlic, parmesan, and truffle oil.
Lettuce wraps are bursting with flavor and are ideal for entertaining guests. However, this light meal needs a tasty side to ensure that the guests leave with a full belly.
From shrimp stuffed avocado to deviled eggs and rice noodle salad, here are the best sides to serve with lettuce wraps.
Shrimp Stuffed Avocado
Shrimp stuffed avocado is a light yet filling side dish to accompany your lettuce wraps. This guilt-free side will wow all your guests with its refreshing, eclectic flavors.
Start by deveining and cooking your shrimp in ground cumin, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Then, pop the shrimp in the fridge to chill.
Next, prepare the avocados by cutting them lengthwise and scoring the flesh in equal-sized chunks. Then, scoop out the avocado flesh from the shell using a spoon and pour lemon juice over the avo cubes to prevent them from browning.
Add fresh pineapple chunks, diced red onion, and fresh cilantro to the avocado blocks and fold in the shrimp. Now, scoop the mixture into the reserved avocado shells.
Spicy Radish Salad
Spicy radish salad is a vividly-red pickled salad that will compliment just about any dish, including lettuce wraps.
This radish salad is a straightforward dish to prepare, and it presents the perfect opportunity to improve your julienning skills.
Start by cleaning the radish with a scrubbing brush and cut it into matchsticks (about ¼-inch thick). Next, sprinkle salt over the radish and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes.
Now, drain the excess liquid and add red chili pepper flakes, minced garlic, grated ginger, fish sauce, sugar, salt, finely diced scallions, and sesame seeds.
Toss everything together and enjoy!
Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto Potatoes With Arugula
Roasted garlic basil pesto potatoes with arugula are a side dish jam-packed with flavor. You can use this warm salad as a side for your lettuce wraps.
We prefer using red skin potatoes and roasting them in heart-healthy olive oil. After roasting the potatoes, we toss them with zippy arugula, garlic basil pesto, hemp hearts, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of lemon juice.
Deviled eggs are perfect appetizers or side dishes for any occasion. Consider serving deviled eggs with the lettuce wraps as a light, bright side.
Boil the eggs, deshell them, and cut them in half once cool. Then, remove the egg yolks and mix them with mayonnaise, mustard powder, salt, and pepper.
Scoop the mixture into the egg whites and top them with freshly chopped chives.
Baked French Fried With Garlic, Parmesan, and Truffle Oil
Homemade baked French fries flavored with garlic, parmesan, and truffle oil are an absolute favorite side dish. And come on, we all know fries complement any dish. So, enjoy this heavenly version with your lettuce wraps.
Cut the potatoes into ¼-inch thick matchsticks and toss them in garlic, olive oil, truffle oil, salt, and parmesan cheese.
Pop your fries into the oven for 40 minutes, flipping them halfway to ensure all the sides are crispy and golden brown. Once fully cooked, drizzle the fries with extra truffle oil, parmesan, and a sprinkle of parsley for color.
Rice Noodle Salad
Chewy, silken rice noodles tossed with fresh veggies, and crunchy, well-spiced tofu is a delicious Asian-inspired side dish for lettuce wraps.
Cook the rice noodles and add a teaspoon of sesame oil after rinsing the noodles. Then, prepare your veggies (onions, snow peas, bok choy, and bean sprouts) and tofu cubes in separate pans.
Cover them in hoisin sauce once the tofu is browned on all sides.
Whisk together water and cornstarch to create the sauce and add it to rice vinegar, liquid aminos, and soy sauce. Gently mix the sauce with the veggies and combine everything with the noodles. Lastly, top off the noodles with the spiced tofu and garnish with sesame seeds, chili flakes, and sriracha.
Thai Pickled Cucumber Salad
Cucumbers can hold their own as a fresh salad side that adds double the crunch to your lettuce wraps while serving as a palate cleanser for the next tasty wrap.
Our Thai pickled cucumber salad is simplistic, light, and refreshing. First, you’ll want to chop up some cucumbers, chilis, shallots, cilantro, and parsley. Then, drizzle the mixture with vinegar syrup and enjoy.
Roasted Broccoli Salad
Our roasted broccoli salad might consist of humble ingredients, but they deliver a real flavor bang to accompany your lettuce wraps.
Drizzle the broccoli in olive oil, and roast your broccoli, shallots, and bacon on a sheet pan for 30 minutes. Then, make croutons in the bacon pan until crispy.
Lastly, toss everything together and add feta, lemon zest, freshly grated garlic, lemon juice, extra olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
Best Beverages For Lettuce Wraps
The best wine pairing for lettuce wraps varies slightly based on the filling you choose. However, the top four wines that you can confidently enjoy with lettuce wraps include:
Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc makes a wonderful pairing with Thai-inspired herb-driven chicken, tofu, or fish lettuce wraps. This white wine has green herbal flavors and crisp, racy acidity.
Malbec: Malbec wine is a dry, full-bodied wine with rich, dark fruity flavors and medium-high acidity. In addition, it pairs well with lettuce wraps containing smoky meat-like braised pork.
Amarone: Amarone is a rich, syrupy, dry wine best paired with elaborate lettuce wrap recipes based on game meat, duck, or venison.
Merlot: Merlot wine is loved for its boisterous dark fruit flavors, supple tannins, and cocoa finish. You can pair Merlot with various lettuce wraps, including chicken, turkey, or fillet.
Best Sauces For Lettuce Wraps
Your imagination can run wild when trying to discover the best sauce for lettuce wraps. The options are truly limitless.
Our top three favorite sauces are:
Soy ginger dipping sauce: Mix ½ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup rice white vinegar, two tablespoons of finely grated ginger, two tablespoons chopped green onions, two cloves minced garlic, two teaspoons sugar, and one teaspoon sesame oil.
Thai peanut dipping sauce: Whisk up three tablespoons of peanut butter, one tablespoon of soy sauce, two teaspoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of lime juice, one teaspoon of chili garlic sauce, and one teaspoon of finely grated ginger.
Blue cheese dipping sauce: Combine ⅔ cups mayonnaise, ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese, one teaspoon lemon juice, one tablespoon chives, one tablespoon cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt.