Summer is finally here! The sun is shining, it’s warm and beautiful and everybody seems to be just a little bit happier. It really is the best season! Anyway with the warmer weather comes a different set of food cravings: it’s all about light, delicate, easy dishes that leave you feeling so refreshed and energised, and these lettuce wraps are the perfect answer to your summery needs. The soft buttery leaves are filled with a delicious salsa made up of juicy tomatoes, tangy red pepper pieces, fresh basil leaves, sweet yellow corn, crunchy bean sprouts and creamy bites of avocado, all drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil and a sprinkling of pink himalayan salt. Are you drooling yet? I am! It’s healthy eating at its best, so simple yet so satisfying. All the flavours are wonderfully subtle, which means that none of them outshine each other but instead blend together perfectly to create perfect bites of delicious summer happiness.
– 8 big leaves of butter lettuce (the softest type of lettuce)
– 2 big tomatoes
– 1 red pepper
– 1 avocado
– 1/2 a cup of sweetcorn
– 1/2 a cup of mixed bean sprouts (if you don’t have these use chickpeas)
– a handful of fresh basil leaves
– 1 lemon
– extra virgin olive oil
There’s not really much of a recipe here, it’s more of an assemblage of raw ingredients! All you need to do is chop the avocado, tomatoes and red pepper (discard the seeds) into tiny bruschetta-style cubes. Then chop the basil leaves into fine pieces. Mix all the chopped ingredients in a bowl with the corn and bean sprouts. Squeeze the lemon and stir this in, along with a drizzling of olive oil and some salt to taste.
Wash the leaves and then fill them with salsa and enjoy!