Friday, 16 June 2017

Recipe: Vietnamese Summer Salad Boats

I think this recipe might be on repeat all summer, it's so fresh and tasty and takes ten minutes to make. Wing Yip sent me a hamper of Asian ingredients for Healthy Eating Week and I took inspiration from my favourite Vietnamese summer rolls which are full of colour and flavour but are super light. 

Using lettuce boats takes away any fiddly rice-paper rolling (because I do not have the skills for that). This would be perfect for a summer weekend lunch or as a sharing dish at a BBQ. I've made mine vegan but you could add cooked shrimps to the mix or add in some rice noodles to mix up the textures and make it a more substantial dish. Any crunchy vegetables would work - I love pineapple in savoury dishes, I definitely felt like I should have been eating this on a beach rather than in front of a rather gory episode of Orange Is The New Black.


1 head of little gem lettuce
Filling - small handful of bean sprouts, grated carrot, finely chopped cabbage, half a chopped red pepper, small handful of pineapple chunks
Garnish - chopped fresh coriander, unsalted peanuts, chilli and ginger (optional)
Sauce - Mushroom Sauce, soy sauce, chilli sauce (optional)


Throw the fillings into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sauces - make it as hot as you want (the hotter the better IMO). Pour the sauce over the veg and leave for a few minutes. Fill up the lettuce boats and sprinkle the coriander and chopped peanuts over the top before tucking in.

What's your favourite light summer meal?



  1. This looks so yummy! xx

  2. These look so fresh and summery. I like a goats cheese salad with lots of beetroot and lentils, and some balsamic dressing.

  3. This looks delish - I'm going to try subbing the pineapple for mango!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  4. mmmm they look delicious! I'm still a fan of the rice paper rolls, but have never dared to try it out myself... Tbh summer meals are the same as any other season because I love hot meals (haha) and when I was home I had hot noodles 3x a time and I still loved it!

    Cherie ✿ sinonym

  5. Love the sound of these. I'm all about the filling so these are perfect for me - I'd load them up with chicken or prawns personally but everything else would be the same. Yum.


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