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Thai Larb Lettuce Cups
with mango and cucumber salsa

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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 serving it in lettuce cups. This meal was last featured in 2019.
Smarts: As you might guess, larb 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

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Servings:
4
Mango and Cucumber Salsa:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Mangos - 2, diced
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
Thai Larb Lettuce 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 - 8 leaves, finely chopped
  • Cilantro - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Lettuce, butterhead - 12 leaves (sub outer leaves from hearts of Romaine)
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb
  • Peanuts - 1/3 cup
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
Quinoa:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups

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Prep

  1. Quinoa - 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.

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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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Most Helpful

Good flavors, but if I did it again I would likely use ground turkey breast or chicken. The pork might have been too heavy.

By: Lee
Posted: Jul 14, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

31 reviews

To be less messy, we made as bowls and added chopped lettuce on top instead. Was really tasty and filling.

By: Julie
Posted: Sep 14, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

These were SO GOOD. I ended up getting another mango so I could make them again.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Sep 12, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Subbed peaches for mango since they were in season. Also ran out of soy sauce and tried to improvise with miso, which was maybe why the lentils were way too salty. Peach-cucumber salsa was delicious and the rest of the dish was OK. Would enjoy making it again with pork. (Lettuce cups are too fussy for me so I served it over lettuce as a salad)

By: MEGAN
Posted: Sep 10, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

My new favorite lettuce cup (previous was a mushroom one)! Used extra frozen mango and subbed basil for mint because the store was out of mint. Will make again.

By: Shawn
Posted: Aug 26, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
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These were fine. Used the sauce as suggested and we thought it was enough.

By: Nancy
Posted: Aug 19, 2021
Diet: Original
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Used ground pork. Made Quinoa & lentils also for veggie eaters. Quick & easy but hubs wasn’t filled & ate other leftovers w it.

By: Jessie
Posted: Aug 01, 2021
Diet: Original
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