Tie it Up and Wrap it with Some LettuceCasey Mullins
I can’t lie, ever since I found out that the Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad looks and tastes just as good as the advertisements promise I’ve been drawn to Wendy’s like a moth to a berry-drenched flame. I realize woman cannot live on salad alone but I’ve also realized how much more I enjoy filling salads over sandwiches when the temperature rises. Growing up in Utah we would stop at parks to picnic and our sandwiches would turn to toast before we could even bite into them since the air was so hot and dry. Now living in the Midwest, bread has a tendency to stick to the roof of your mouth requiring lots of water and patience as you work through your picnic lunch.
Last year I fell in love with bentos, little compartmentalized lunch boxes that allowed you to bring a variety of different foods to mix and match while out and about and with all the recent salad talk, I wondered why not wrap delicious stuff in giant leaves of lettuce rather than putting it on bread? My friends, I’m totally onto something.
Wrapping things in lettuce is nothing new, many people on low carb diets or with food allergies have been doing it for years. One of the most famous appetizers out there requires a lettuce delivery mode, and it’s delicious. Using a bento box allows you to keep your ingredients separated until you’re ready to eat meaning no soggy tomatoes or warm, limp lettuce. Some of the variations I’m looking forward to trying this summer include tuna salad, BTWIL (Bacon and tomato wrapped in lettuce), chicken strips with some creamy dressing and thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots and perhaps even some chicken salad (I make a mean chicken salad.)
No need for a fork and no heavy bread belly when you’re all done. Sounds really good right?
Thankfully on the days I can’t or don’t get a chance to put together a little salad wrap bento? I know a Berry Almond Chicken Salad will be waiting with open spinach leaves and ripe berries.
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