The Meal: Asian Slaw Lettuce Cups
Recipe from The Teen Kitchen by Emily and Lyla, The Kitchen Twins
This is a really pretty salad that's fun to eat because it's sweet, salty, citrusy, creamy, and crunchy-all in the same bite! As salads go, it's also easy to eat-no trying to stuff huge pieces of lettuce in your mouth. We did add lettuce cups to serve it in because it's kind of fun . . . but we're not saying that you should stuff the whole lettuce cup in your mouth, either.
The dressing contains miso, a thick paste made from soybeans, which adds texture and a rich flavor. If you have miso left over, try dissolving it in water and adding it to vegetable soups-it's delicious.
You can easily transform this recipe into an entrée by adding in pieces of rotisserie chicken, diced cooked shrimp, or tofu. As an entrée, it serves 2 to 3 with some rice on the side.
Asian slaw lettuce cups
MAKES 4-6 SERVINGS
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon white miso
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/8 teaspoon salt
To make the dressing, add the sesame oil, olive oil, water, miso, lime juice, honey, sesame seeds, and salt to a bowl. Stir vigorously until the miso is thoroughly blended in. Set aside. (You can make this dressing 2 days ahead, and the leftovers will keep for 2 more days.)
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
Kitchen Twins Tip: Buy the cabbage pre-shredded
2 cups peeled, shredded carrots (about 2 1/2 peeled carrots)
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1 avocado, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
Kitchen Twins Tip: The fruit adds natural sweetness. If you don't like mandarin oranges, you can substitute nectarines, apple or pineapple
1 cup 1/4-inch diced English cucumber (about 1/2 cucumber)
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
4-6 large lettuce leaves (Boston lettuce or iceberg)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
To make the salad, toss the cabbage, carrots, sunflower seeds, avocado, mandarin oranges, cucumber, and cilantro together in a large bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to the salad and toss so everything is coated.
Put 1 lettuce leaf on each plate, topping it with the salad. After plating the salad, sprinkle it lightly with salt and pepper.
6 Minute Meal: The Kitchen Twins' Asian Slaw Lettuce Cups
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