Black Bean, Corn, and Roasted Red Pepper Lettuce Cups

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  • Makes 12–16 lettuce cups

Looking for a one-bowl, no-cook, no-fuss recipe that’s easy enough for lunch but elegant enough for a dinner party? For these tasty vegan lettuce cups, all you have to do here is combine the filling ingredients, then rinse and trim a bunch of romaine lettuce hearts, and you’re ready to go. The easiest way to serve these lettuce cups is to pile the filling in the middle of a platter, surround it with romaine, and let everyone make their own, but you can also pack the filling and romaine in separate containers and take them with you as a light work lunch or fun picnic side.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen roasted corn, thawed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1½ cups cooked)
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup jarred roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup coarsely snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded (if desired) and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12–16 leaves from romaine lettuce hearts
  • ½ avocado, diced

Instructions

  1. Combine the corn, beans, mango, tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, and lime zest and juice in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Spoon the bean mixture onto the romaine hearts, and top with the avocado.

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Carla Christian

Carla Christian, RD, LD, received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Photo by Jason Donnelly

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