Everything you love about cobb salads in a lettuce wrap! These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and delicious!
As I was driving back home from dropping off Madeline at summer camp, I was looking out the window. I drove past a farmer on his tractor, and then by a farm, and then by a dairy farm with some cows and then drove by some corn fields and then, some open green pastures. I’m not joking at all. This is all literally on my drive home.
And then, I felt it. I felt happy. Relaxed.
I live in Wisconsin now. It still boggles my mind that I live here. With my family. That Paul and I are raising our children here. In Wisconsin. In the midwest. I never, in a million years, thought we’d end up here. And honestly, until recently, I’ve been secretly wishing and hoping that we would move back to CA or to Texas.
But, we are happy. Paul is happy. The girls are happy. We are good.
Sometimes, as I am scrolling through my Facebook feed and see photos from my friends who only have boys, I wonder what my life would have been like if I had boys instead of girls. . don’t ask me why but I have these thoughts .. would there be less drama? would there be less fighting? probably not. . and then I look over at Madeline brushing her American Girl Doll’s hair (yes, we caved). Like, brushing it and brushing it and changing her clothes. She can sit with that doll for at least 30 minutes, which is like an hour for an adult. And Phoebe, trying on clothes and getting ready for her fashion show, where I am supposed to play fashion show music and watch them walk down the runway. Or I watch her fix her hair in the morning (she fixes her own hair now and lets me do it sometimes). And then I think, all is as it should be.
We’re at the end of July now and I’m taking the girls to Minnesota on Sunday for a week to attend a Korean Culture Camp. We don’t have any camps like this where we live, so we’re going to the one my sister takes her kids to every summer. I’m volunteering for a few days and am excited to see what they learn. See, because even though Paul and I are Korean, we don’t speak Korean well . . my sister would correct me here and say we don’t speak Korean at all.
My Korean is probably at a 1st grade level. Not good. Anyway, they don’t have to learn how to speak the language but I just want them to learn more about who they are. . hoping for a fun and educational week!
Since we’re heading out this weekend, I’ve been cleaning out the fridge . . and these Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps were born!! I’ve made these three times over the past two weeks. So easy to make and delicious!
These cobb salad lettuce wraps are also Whole30 and Paleo approved if you’re into that!
Happy weekend, everyone!
Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps
For the chimichurri sauce*:
- 2 cups firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley trimmed with the stems cut off
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- ¾ cup good quality olive oil + more if needed
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For the lettuce wraps:
- Boston Bibb lettuce or Butter lettuce washed and separated
- red and yellow tomatoes chopped
- roasted chicken breast chopped or cubed
- hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped
- crispy bacon crumbled or chopped
For the chimichurri sauce:
- Combine ingredients from the parsley to the oregano in a food processor. Pulse and process until desired consistency is reached; usually several pulses. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix and combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Pour over the parsley mixture and mix together well. Taste and adjust any seasonings as needed.
For the lettuce wraps:
- To assemble: Top lettuce leaves with chopped tomatoes, chicken, eggs and bacon. Drizzle on the chimichurri sauce and serve immediately.
More healthy summer salads!
- Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Salad ~ Perchance to Cook
- Summer Quinoa Salad ~ Hip Foodie Mom
- Avocado Citrus Chickpea Salad ~ The Forked Spoon
30 minutes of occupied time for a child is more like a day to an adult, Alice. I mean, that’s a miracle. Totally worth shelling out 100 plus for a doll. I’m not remotely kidding. It’s so worth it!
I hope your Korean language skills get to just where you want them to be. I feel ya, because I’ve lost some of my Hebrew. I’m getting it back, though…
Love these. Lettuce wraps are always the answer. 🙂 And BTW, I grew up in the Midwest. Great place to raise kids!
Thanks Mir!!! Yes, I’m realizing this everyday. . the Midwest is great for the kids!!! 🙂 have a great weekend!!!
Aww this is such a sweet post! And honestly, of all the dolls out there, I’d say American Girl dolls are the pick of the litter. The books are educational as well! I really need to lettuce wrap more often. Love this healthier spin on the cobb salad!
Thanks so much Joanne .. I feel like I’ve been putting everything into lettuce these days!!! and you know, you are right! My oldest reads the books and she loves them!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
These lettuce wraps look delicious, Alice! Cobb salad is my favorite, so these are perfect for me! I love the chimichurri sauce, too. Such a great touch!
Thanks so much, Gayle!!! I am addicted to chimichurri in the summer!!!
Heather - Butter & Burlap says
Ohh yea, I’m gonna be making these for lunch for the next work week! Super simple, super delicious, and they have BACON. Done! So cool that the girls are going to culture camp. They will appreciate it now, but definitely when they are older as well!
Thanks so much Heather!!! yes, I hope you make these!!!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
It’s always such a pleasure reading your posts, Alice! You have a wonderful appreciation for your life and your girls and that’s so awesome! Hugs to you! XO
Awh thanks Liz!!! you’re the sweetest!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
Whole 30 and paleo approved? Sign me up! Cobb salad is my FAVORITE, and I am so digging this light and healthy lunch option! Can’t wait to try! Pinned!
Right?! thanks so much Taylor!! I know you’d love these!
Aaaw I loved this post! I’m so glad you are all happy living in WI – it sounds like such a wonderful place to raise your adorable girls 🙂 Hope you all have a great time at culture camp, it sounds like so much fun! These lettuce wraps sound like the perfect way to clean out the fridge. They look so fresh and delicious!
Thanks so much Kelly!!! I’m hoping for a great week too!
Allie | Baking a Moment says
Love the recipe, Alice, and love everything else you’ve written too. Hearing about your girls makes me smile and makes my heart ache. I get the same peaceful feeling, “everything is as it should be,” when I am washing dishes in the kitchen while my boys are playing ball in the yard with their dad. <3 And ps- there would be a different kind of fighting. The kind where you worry about broken bones and trips to the ER. 😉
haha, you are one of my friends that I was thinking about with the boys. . in fact, a LOT of my friends have just boys!!! most of my BFFs in Dallas have just boys! it’s always fun for the girls when we do play dates! not! but yes, I hear you . . on the different kind of fighting!!!
Sarah | Broma Bakery says
My boyfriend is in med school in Michigan and I just moved back to Boston because the midwest was not my cup of tea. It’s a little shameful to admit that I couldn’t make it work there, but at this stage in my life I just couldn’t. I’m so glad that you’re making it work and that the family is happy. You go, Alice!
Sarah, thanks for sharing .. yeah, not sure I could if I were single but the family keeps me going and happy and at peace. . but yeah, I think it’s also b/c I went from Dallas, to SF to LA to Seattle to here .. so I know what it’s like to live in big cities. . for people who grow up here and this is all they know, it’s great . . but again, WI has grown on me and has a certain charm that I love :)))
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This is such a lovely post! At this point in my life, I keep thinking I’m going to live in New York City my whole life. But who knows? These lettuce wraps are adorable- love the egg!
Medha, I was the last person any of my friends thought would move from Dallas to SF but I did!! and then to Los Angeles . . and from there, I NEVER thought we would move. . but life changes took us to different cities .. certainly, if there was a city that I was tied to, I would try not to move. . but sometimes it’s fun to see where life takes you!! 🙂 thanks!!!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
Awwh, so sweet. I love spending time with my niece doing girly stuff like that.
I also love those kinds of recipes that come from needing to clean out your fridge.
Thanks so much Dannii!!!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Alice, your stories always make me think about things that are really important. I live in Florida and never in a million years did I think I would leave the Northeast for a southern state, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else now. I love hearing the stories about your girls and I can’t wait to try these cobb salad lettuce wraps. Have a great weekend!
Awh thanks so much Ashley!!! you are the sweetest! Funny how things change for the better huh?
I’m in the Midwest and I know how it is Alice! So glad you like it in WI, it is a great state (I’m sure very different that CA or TX)! Yeah, love the freshness in these wraps! Pinned! Have fun in Minnesota!
Thanks so much Mira!!! Hooray for the Midwest! 🙂
I love the Midwest and just wish I could move back one day but you are right, home is wherever your family is! I hope the girls have fun at their camp next week! These wraps look amazing!
Thanks so much Z!!!! love you boo!
Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says
Love how easy and cute these are, also so much easier to serve at a party, mess free and you still get all the delicious flavors of a cobb salad.
thank you so much Katalina!!! yes super easy and SO delicious! I love food like this!
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
It is so cool that your girls have an opportunity like that! We live in Manitoba, and I’m sure most people (especially the Southerners!) would think we’re crazy because it gets preeetty cold sometimes, but I just love it! I find I appreciate the start of all of the seasons so much more since they change so drastically. This is such a great, healthy summer lunch! Pinned!
Thanks so much Ashley!!!
Kathleen | HapaNomNom says
Such a wonderful post, Alice! I’m so happy to hear that you and your family are enjoying WI! I’m an east coast girl and never thought I’d end up on the west coast, but home is where is where family is, and it’s all icing on the cake if you like your location as well 🙂
These Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps look so fresh and easy to make! Perfect for a quick and healthy summer meal. Pinning for sure!
Thanks so much Kathleen!!! hope you try the wraps! and don’t you worry. . you are sure to fall in love with the west coast in no time!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
I always love when you talk about your girls, Alice. So sweet, heart felt and touching! I was a doll person growing up, and I have to say, if you are going to spend the money American Girl Dolls are the best, plus they have good stories/books associated with them. 🙂 Anyways, lettuce wraps are the jam.. i have been living off them since the move – because easy and delicious! Yours are super yummy! Love that you mashed up a traditional Cobb with a lettuce wrap and added chimichurri for some herb-a-licious fun! I will definately be making these!! Hope you all have a great time at camp!! <3 Cheers!!!
Awh, thanks so much Cheyanne!!! herb-a-licious .. I love that! 😛
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
These are seriously fantastic for entertaining! Love!
Harriet Emily says
These salad wraps look perfect! They make such a great, healthier meal to enjoy in the summer. I’m also so happy for you that you’re enjoying life in WI! I hope your daughter has a great time at camp too! I always wanted to go to a summer camp when I was younger!
I love chimichurri sauce, it’s so yummy. I’m going to give it a try tonight.
Thanks for the awesome recipe Alice!
Oh yum!! These look so good! I just LOVE hard boiled eggs! SO filling, healthy and delicious! YUM!
Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says
I love coming to your site and finding some healthy, fresh food Alice! this lettuce wraps look so satisfying!! 🙂
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Gah, Alice- Why didn’t you post this a good year ago when I did Whole30?! This is so creative and delicious and well…bacon.
Haha, thank you Arman!!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
My niece is obsessed with American Girls Dolls, too! 4 years ago, when my sister and her kids were visiting me in DC, my niece did some research online and found out that there was an American Girls store in Arlington, VA and asked my sister if she could take her there! I think she bought a ton of books from the store.
My Chinese is pretty good, but I do worry about whether my children will speak Chinese. I think in English except when I’m talking to my mom, so I don’t usually speak in Chinese during conversation.
Anyway, these lettuce wraps look great! Definitely adding it onto my menu later in the week!
Thanks so much, Lisa. . you will love these!! my kids will probably never be fluent unless they study the language on their own but just hoping they hold on to the culture a bit 🙂
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine says
Those look delicious 🙂 I’m starting the Whole30 soon- so I will pin these to remember! I have a Whole30 Prep board I am collecting great recipes from so I don’t get bored!