When Melissa’s Produce asked me to create a recipe based on their organic fruit and vegetables boxes, I jumped at the opportunity. They were kind enough to send me a box in the mail and opening it felt like Christmas. The biggest challenge was narrowing down which recipe to feature!
The box I chose was the “70/30” box which consisted of the beautiful cornucopia pictured below. When I saw the crispy leaf lettuce and fresh ginger, I knew that lettuce cups were in order.
These ginger chicken lettuce cups make great appetizers or refreshing snacks (especially for those of us on the west coast who have just come out of a heat wave). They’re topped with cucumber and carrot, and finished with a yogurt-based honey and ginger dressing. Here’s how to do it!
For the lettuce cups (makes 4):
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ inch piece ginger, minced
- 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup cooked chicken meat, finely diced
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- handful green onions, sliced
- 1 tbsp carrot, finely diced
- 1 tbsp cucumber, finely diced
- 4 large pieces of leaf lettuce
For the dressing:
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ inch piece ginger, grated
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Begin by heating the sesame oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and onion and sauté until the onion begins to turn translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the chicken and soy sauce and stir frequently until the chicken is heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in the green onions and set the mixture aside to cool slightly while you make the dressing.
For the dressing, simply whisk together all the ingredients.
To assemble, divide the chicken mixture into each of the lettuce cups and top with the finely diced carrot and cucumber. Generously spoon the dressing over the cups and enjoy!
This is the box I used to create this recipe, and you can click here to check out their other organic box options. The box is $25 for 7-10 pounds of organic fruit/vegetables with free shipping in Southern California between Santa Barbara and San Diego. Thank you, Melissa’s Produce!