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Spicy Thai Larb Lettuce Wraps | Recipeish | Gustus Vutae

Yield: A light lunch or dinner for 4.
Time Estimate: 40 Minutes.
Storage Notes: Best if enjoyed immediately.
Difficulty: Easy.

These light Thai larb lettuce wraps burst with bright summery flavors - spicy, tangy, citrusy, and sharp, they're perfect for light lunches or dinners. This recipe makes a bit extra of the addictive, creamy avocado sauce - use it the next day as a dip for chips & crudités, or simply to elevate whatever's on tomorrows menu.


For the larb and accoutrements

  • 1 Lb ground turkey
  • 1 Cup rough chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 2 Large carrots
  • 12-15 Lettuce leaves/cups
  • 1 Lime (juiced), plus another for garnish
  • 1 Tbs high heat cooking oil
  • 2 Tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 Tin Taste of Thailand Seasoning
  • 2 Tbs Habanero Sea Salt

For the avocado sauce

  • Make the sauce first: rinse and rough chop all cilantro, adding half to a blender and reserving half for garnish. Peel and mince garlic, adding per instructions to blender and reserving the remainder for the larb.
  • Remove avocado skins and pit, plopping into blender along with heavy whipping cream, Habanero Sea Salt, and Taste of Thailand Seasoning
  • Juice lime, cover, and pulse, scraping down sides as needed until mixture blends evenly. Taste, adding more Habanero Sea Salt as desired, remove sauce to a bowl. Cover with saran and refrigerate until needed.
  • Bring your BBQ up to medium high heat, and place a large Grill Plank on top.
  • Rinse green onions, discarding roots, and cut lengthwise into long, thin strands, reserving.
  • Peel onion, slicing 1/2 into strands, and mincing the other 1/2.
  • Peel carrots and discard, then use the peeler to cut carrots into long, thin strands, and reserve.
  • Add high heat oil and sesame oil to your grill plank, then onions, cooking and stirring for about 5 minutes. 
  • Add ground turkey and minced garlic, then shake over Taste of Thailand Seasoning and Habanero Sea Salt.
  • Mix using a spatula, and press down into a roughly uniform 'cake'. Cook for about 4 minutes, then break up, tossing and mixing around turkey, and then forming another 'cake'. Squeeze lime juice on top, the cook for a further 4 minutes.
  • Rinse lettuce leaves, discarding any with major tears or that won't form sturdy taco-like cups.
  • Remove larb from heat and place in a bowl for serving.
  • To make lettuce wraps, spoon in a generous amount of avocado sauce, then top with larb.
  • Garnish with cilantro, spring onions, red onions, and carrot, before giving a final small dusting of Habanero Sea Salt for a pop of heat.
  • Assemble all the lettuce cups (you'll have some sauce left over), serve with some ice cold beverages, and devour.