I am always looking for something fresh, something crunchy, something colorful in every meal I eat. But as much as I love to throw together a salad as a main entrée or a smaller side, sometimes I get bored with trying to come up with something new. Especially when it comes to serving green salads to the rest of my family. It definitely takes a little crafty creativity to get my husband and kids on board for lettuce salads. But I kinda like the challenge. ;)
I knew these Crunchy Southwest Ranch Lettuce Wraps were going to be a hit as soon as I saw the recipe on the Marzetti KitchensSMsite.
The veggies are crunchy and colorful, and simply dressed in freshly squeezed lemon juice, which adds a bit of extra flavor and a lovely brightness. When wrapped up in a tender leaf of lettuce, these handheld salads are so much fun! A plate of these wraps had no trouble catching the eyes of my family as we sat down for a meal together.
But there’s also a great tasting surprise hidden inside these lettuce wraps. It’s creamy and has an awesome peppery kick to it. And I’ve found it to be completely addictive. It’s Marzetti® Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, my new quick and easy veggie dipping hero!
We normally have at least one variety of Marzetti’s refrigerated salad dressings in our fridge. But I didn’t realize the extent of their offerings until they asked me to spend some time looking through the Marzetti Kitchens site. I found not only a larger line and range of products, but also great recipes using their products, all searchable by meal type and cuisine. I like how they showcase recipes in line with the changing seasons, with current fall features for apples, game day, and caramel. This kind of user-friendly navigation makes it especially easy to find meal inspiration for special events and holidays.
The site also features a nice range of great kitchen tips that are both informative and helpful, providing even more inspiration and creativity for delicious meal planning. And when you find a few recipes to try, you can save them to your personal recipe box, so they’re always ready for you to grab.
Marzetti Kitchens makes meal time inspiration tasty and easy. If you give these Crunchy Southwest Ranch Lettuce Wraps a try, please come back to let me know what you think. Also be sure to read past the recipe for the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!
- 1/4 c. Marzetti® Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 medium size zucchini, shredded
- 1/2 medium size red pepper, julienne
- 2 scallions, minced
- 3 T. chopped fresh cilantro, plus whole sprigs for garnish
- freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon
- 12 large Boston lettuce leaves
- 12 small wooden skewers or toothpicks
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine carrots, zucchini, red pepper, scallions, cilantro, and lemon juice. Toss to combine.
Arrange lettuce leaves on a large tray. Spoon 1 tablespoon Marzetti Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip onto each lettuce leaf and spread it around to cover most of the leaf. Divide and spoon vegetable mixture onto lettuce leaf. Roll up each leaf and secure with a wooden skewer.
This would also work well using endive leaves, for smaller appetizer sized portions.
Adapted from Marzetti Crunchy Lettuce Wraps.
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