Oriental Lettuce Cups

Finally a new recipe!! You thought I forgot how to cook, right? Nope, I’ve just either been busy or been making meals that I’ve already shared with you.

Today’s new recipe was inspired by a delicious salad I had downtown this weekend called the “Oriental Noodle Salad.” The salad was a combination of mixed greens, veggies, soba noodles, tofu, pine nuts, and lotus root topped with a peanut dressing. I decided to make a lighter version of this at home and was very pleased with the outcome.


Instead of soba noodles, I used kelp. I have been meaning to try kelp noodles for a while and found them to be quite bland and a great combination for the salad. You can find kelp noodles online or at your local health store – the noodles contain only 6 calories for a 4-ounce portion so you can have a lot of bulk without a lot of extra calories. Feel free to use traditional soba or rice noodles or leave out the noodles entirely.

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Edamame-Kelp Lettuce Cups


  • 2 large leaves of bibb lettuce (or collard green leaves)
  • Kelp noodles
  • Juice of one orange
  • Greens (I used spinach and romaine)
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup edamame
  • Green onion


  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Marinate 2-3 ounces of kelp noodles in the juice of one orange for a couple of hours. (you can completely skip this step if you’d like)
  2. Prep the greens, carrot, cabbage, and pepper. Mix up salad-style
  3. Top lettuce leaf with salad mixture, kelp noodles, edamame and green onion.
  4. Whisk together dressing and drizzle over the top.


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This is a quick and easy lunch for the warmer weather we are experiencing. Let me know if you try kelp noodles any time soon! Back later with a daily eats post.


4 thoughts on “Oriental Lettuce Cups

    • You can steam them on the stove or even microwave them until they are hot. I throw them in salads usually…or just eat them plain with soy sauce. You can even make a high protein hummus like spread with them. Check out my Sushi Bowl meal idea on the recipes page!

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