It’s July already! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. I went on my first vacation for the year and hopefully it won’t be the last. Every year or so we go on a family vacation, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. This year we went to Catalina Island for a week. It was perfect weather for hiking, kayaking, taking pictures, eating (there was plenty of vegan options) and just plain catching up with each other. We even caught a movie at the Casino. It’s absolutely gorgeous inside, a must see if you ever visit Catalina. My son asked his girlfriend of five years to marry during a parasailing adventure. And guess what? She said YES! Yippee, she’s amazing and I’m so happy to have her as part of the family! I didn’t take too many pictures of our activities but I did go a little crazy with the shore (the water was gorgeous). You can see some of the photos from my trip if you’re interested. I’m still improving as a photographer, next time I’m sure I’ll do even better and can’t wait to travel again!
Without further ado, let’s talk about these super fresh garden salad wraps!
They are extremely delicious and perfect for these hot summer days that have been hitting Southern California this past week. High double digits call for something cool and fresh! These will hit the spot without weighing you down. You can feel free to eat 4 or 5 and still be able to get everything done without needing to take a nap. That in my book is a very good thing! So when the temps rise, let these garden salad wraps come to the rescue to nourish & energize you. Bring on the summer, I’m ready!
Simple is the name of the game here so these are basic and can be adapted to suit your needs. I’d highly suggest adding some sliced avocado as well. You can even add some cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) for extra protein. Use your favorite hummus, it will the first layer. Then you can add the remaining ingredients over top ending with a sprinkle of hemp seeds, mineral salt and fresh cracked pepper.
I’ve used romaine hearts as my vessel. I like to use one or two leaves for each wrap. I’ll use one larger for the outside and a smaller one for the inside. Some other lettuces you can use would be butter, bibb, boston, savoy or iceberg. Swiss chard and lacinato kale would be great too. The swiss chard and kale will have a stronger flavor so if you’re looking for a lighter flavor stick with the others.
As you see below, it fit perfectly in my hand and two leaves made it nice and sturdy. Such an easy and light lunch or dinner idea to throw together. It will keep you feeling light and clean!
GARDEN SALAD LETTUCE WRAPS
- 1 or 2 romaine hearts
- 1/2 cup hummus, to spread
- 1 cucumber, julienned
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup cilantro sprigs
- 2 tablespoon hemp hearts
- pinch mineral salt
- fresh cracked pepper
I’ll leave the amount of ingredients you want to use up to you. I would say a handful of the vegetables, and a sprinkle of the hemp hearts, salt and pepper. You really can eat about as much as you want here and I love it like that!
Wash and dry your romaine hearts. I usually use 2 leaves together for each wrap, one large and a smaller one on top. Add a layer of hummus down the middle of romaine hearts, it’s ok to spread a little out toward the edges if you like. Layer first with cucumbers, carrots and then tomatoes. Add cilantro and top with a sprinkle of hemp hearts, salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Enjoy as much or as little as you like!
Serves 2, 2 tacos per serving
Other lettuces you can use choose from would be butter, bibb, boston, savoy and iceberg. You may also like to try swiss chard or lacinato kale. Any leafy greens that act as a wrap will do. The swiss chard and kale will have a stronger flavor so if you’re looking for a lighter flavor stick with others.
Wanting to add some protein, add a small handful of cooked chickpeas to each wrap.
Avocado would be a great addition to these wraps. A sprinkle of red pepper flakes wouldn’t be bad either. Try adding sliced bell peppers in place of, or in addition to, the other ingredients.