During the hot summer months my body craves lighter refreshing meals and I just hate running the oven when it is 105º outside. We eat a lot of salads and tacos to keep it quick and simple, but it is always fun to mix it up with some new flavors.
I just absolutely LOVE this peanut sauce with all the other ingredients coming together. You have this flavor medley of peanuts, garlic, and ginger which are so good together and then you get this nice sweetness from the mangos and a little kick from the jalapeño, and that is all just in the sauce and toppings! Don’t forget about all those flavor packed veggies and shrimp in the layered in the lettuce cup too.
This recipe is incredibly versatile. While I myself enjoyed these as lettuce wraps, my husband and son had theirs in a flour tortilla as more of a fusion style taco (they like their carbs) but this would make an amazing entrée salad too if you just wanted to chop up the lettuce and use the sauce as a dressings. Either way, you will not be disappointed!
Note: These take less than 15 minutes to cook and assemble but there is a little bit of prep time needed to slice and dice all the veggies. If you have a busy week ahead, you can absolutely prep ahead of time by chopping up all the veggies and storing them in some sealed containers or bags.
PEANUT SAUCE INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp coconut milk
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic, minced
SHRIMP LETTUCE WRAP INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
2 carrots, julienned
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 zucchini, julienned
1/4 c soy sauce
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 jalapeños, seeded and sliced
3 green onions, chopped
1 mango, diced
1 head butter leaf lettuce, leaves separated
- In a small bowl whisk together all the peanut sauce ingredients until smooth and set aside.
- In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add the onion, carrots, and bell pepper to the skillet and cook until they begin to soften, about 3–4 minutes.
- Add the shrimp, zucchini, and soy sauce to the skillet and cook until the shrimp are golden and almost cooked through, about 3–4 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, ginger paste, crushed red pepper, and cumin and cook for another 1–2 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the stove top and set aside.
- To prepare, scoop some of the vegetables into the lettuce cups and top with a few of the shrimp.
- Garnish with a couple of jalapeño slices, some green onions, and diced mangos and then drizzle with the peanut sauce.
- Grab a napkin or three and enjoy!
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