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Thai Larb Lettuce Cups
with mango and cucumber salsa

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

In Thailand, larb is the name for a super simple dish of finely chopped protein sauteed with a bit of seasoning and tossed with fresh herbs and lime juice. We've given this dish a Cook Smarts twist by adding quinoa and serving it in lettuce cups.
Smarts: As you can imagine, in Thailand this dish is usually very spicy, so don't hesitate to add extra red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you'd like to serve it that way.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Thai Larb Pork Lettuce Cups with Quinoa:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Fish sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Mint, fresh - 6 leaves, finely chopped
  • Cilantro - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Lettuce, butterhead - 12 leaves, sub iceberg
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
Mango and Cucumber Salsa:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Mangos - 2, diced
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Quinoa - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make sauce - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Mint / Cilantro / Limes / Lettuce - Prep as directed. Combine mint and cilantro. Store limes and lettuce separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cucumbers / Mangos - Prep as directed.
  5. Make slurry - Whisk together water and cornstarch.

Make

  1. Combine cucumbers, mangos, and vinegar.
  2. Heat a wok or large skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Add pork and saute until nearly cooked through, ~5 minutes.
  3. Add sauce and bring to a simmer. When sauce is simmering, give cornstarch slurry a stir and add it to pork. Stir everything together and continue cooking until sauce thickens and pork is fully cooked.
  4. Remove pork from heat and stir in quinoa, mint, and cilantro. Squeeze half the lime wedges over top.
  5. Assemble lettuce cups by filling lettuce leaves with pork, peanuts, and hot sauce (if using). Squeeze extra lime wedges over top. Serve mango cucumber salsa on the side or spoon some onto lettuce cups if you’d like. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 41 reviews

Made with bison instead of pork, this was amazing and so easy

By: Kayla
Posted: Jul 12, 2019
Diet: Original

Absolutely delicious! I added more fish sauce and mixed lime juice directly into the pork at the end to adjust for flavor. Sriracha and the mango salsa on top of the lettuce cups adds a lot. Since this is Thai, I can't help but wonder if basil would add a lot to the pork mix...

By: Summer
Posted: Jul 12, 2019
Diet: Original

So delicious!! Refreshing summer dinner. Loved the textures and combination of hot and cold, and salty sour sweet.

By: Erin
Posted: Jul 12, 2019
Diet: Original

Made with ground chicken and subbed brown rice instead of quinoa. Very good.

By: Amanda
Posted: Jul 12, 2019
Diet: Original

Wow, this ended up an unexpected favorite for the whole family - one of whom thinks he doesn’t like fish sauce, one who doesn’t usually eat meat, one who was upset I went ahead and put the rice vinegar on the salad... Every course was a hit as is. Little kids asked to have it again next week! I did make a batch of tofu in the sauce after taking out the pork. Enjoyed by all.

By: Jessica
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original

This one didn’t do it for me. I blame my not-ripe-enough mangoes.

By: Judy
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original