Salmon Lettuce Wraps with Cucumber, Jicama, and Ginger

School is out, summer is here, and potluck season has commenced. That said, one cannot live on lasagna every day. (Or at least I can’t, maybe you can?) The best way to survive hot days or heavy dishes is to balance them out with something cool and light, like these salmon lettuce wraps.

If you want, you can use leftover cooked salmon from another dish, but the method we describe here for rubbing it first with salt and ginger, then poaching it in salted water infused with lemon, will result in beautifully flavored salmon.

The salmon is paired with a salad of chopped jicama, cucumber, cilantro, onion, ginger, lime, and mint and served in lettuce leaves with some avocado slices.

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Salmon Lettuce Wraps with Cucumber, Jicama, and Ginger Recipe

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Prep the ingredients for the cucumber, jicama, ginger salad while the salmon fillets are marinating.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces skinless salmon fillets, cut into two even pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt for marinade
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt for poaching liquid
  • Slice of lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice

Cucumber, Jicama, Ginger Salad:

  • 3/4 cup of seeded, diced, thin-skinned (English or Persian) cucumber, peel-on (you can also use regular cucumbers that have been peeled)
  • 2/3 cup peeled, small diced jicama
  • 1/4 thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 6 large leaves of butter lettuce

Method

1 Marinate the salmon fillets. Rub with 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and a teaspoon of grated ginger. Set in refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes, while you prep the other ingredients.

2 In a medium bowl, gently combine the diced cucumbers, jicama, red onion, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, grated ginger, chopped mint, and salt. Set aside for the flavors to blend.

3 Prepare salmon poaching liquid. Place water, salt, and a slice of lemon in a pot wide enough to hold the salmon fillets. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the salmon fillets that have been marinating in ginger and salt to the poaching liquid. Return to a simmer and cook for about 4 minute at a very low simmer. When just cooked through, remove from poaching liquid and place in a bowl. Toss with a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Once the salmon has cooled to touch, break up gently into large flakes.

4 Arrange the lettuce wraps. Slice the avocado. On to each butter lettuce leaf, place a few chunks of salmon, a large spoonful of the cucumber jicama mixture, and top with some slices of avocado.

Fold up the lettuce wrap and eat!

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18 Comments

  1. KalynsKitchen

    Oh yes please, this sounds just amazing!

  2. Jennifer

    wow,this looks really good-gotta try!

  3. Mary Frances

    These look great! Salmon and cucumber are the perfect snack

  4. sasha vliet

    Heck yeah! A perfect light and zingy dish for the heat of Austin. Thanks so much. Great idea. :)

  5. Derek The Zen Chef

    I really like this entry! Lettuce and cabbage are excellent replacements for tortillas in wraps when you want to reduce empty calories. Also, I never heard of jicama before, so thanks for this tip.
    Best,
    D

  6. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ)

    These look so lovely and light and summery – something to mark for when summer arrives down here at the bottom of the world.

  7. Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories

    Love that you put jicama in the salad. I bet that pairs really nicely with the salmon. Will have to try this soon!

  8. Rachael

    How far up should the poaching liquid come up on the salmon? Or should it cover the salmon?

    • Elise

      It should just cover it, but if it almost covers it or if it covers it by more, that’s okay too.

  9. reen

    Oh my lands. I, too, am living on the sun…er, in Austin and this is perfect for offsetting the blowdryer effect outside. The flavors and textures look perfect! Will try it tonight. Thank you!

  10. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    I’m totally making this for my family this summer!

  11. Sandy S

    Absolutely looking forward to trying this lettuce wrap! It sounds so intriguing and yummy! Pretty sure I never would have thought of either ginger or jicama for any salmon prep… and perhaps not even cilantro, which is the new darling in my culinary experience. Yet, now that you have suggested these 3, I am eager to taste this recipe! Really appreciate the overall details and instructions, too.

    BTW, I have been side-tracked for about a week, playing with your Quesadilla recipe, found at http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quesadilla/! What a winner!

  12. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Wraps in lettuce leaves are THE best. I feel so virtuous and it still tastes good. Salmon makes everything delish. What a refreshing menu idea for a simple summer dinner or lunch.

  13. Sandy S

    Great combination Elise! Will try to remember it when buying summer groceries! It all works so well together! Jicama is so perfect here! I like jicama very much and yet seem to forget all about it until it is mentioned, as in this recipe.
    Day 2, I had a small piece of smoked salmon and made a green salad using it and the same combination of accent herbs and lemon and lime to flavor it. Smashing!

  14. Marjie

    Just finished the last few bites, and the hubby and I agree that this is a keeper. My jicama turned out to be punk so had to substitute with something: a Granny Smith apple (peeled).

    I otherwise followed the recipe exactly, and wound up with a fabulous summer dinner! I’ve never prepared fish this way. It would have been absolutely wonderful on it’s own, but with the salad it’s dynamite!

  15. Natasha

    This is a great idea. I will be at the NC shore for a few weeks and would like to replace the salmon with some local fish. Any thoughts on suitable substitutes for the salmon?

  16. Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net

    This salmon lettuce wraps are cool and refreshing. Just what I need in this warm summer.

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