Trying to prepare gluten free lunches might be challenging, especially for newbies. Where ever you go for lunch, you see a lot of variations of sandwiches. I haven’t seen a lot made of gluten free bread, unless they were made at home.

The questions is: do you really need bread to make an awesome sandwich? My answer is: No! Instead of bread you can use any other vegetable. My favorite is lettuce (lactuca sativa). It is something light about it. It is easily digestible, has beautiful green color and nutritional value, especially when bought as organic.

My variations will be based on butterhead lettuce. This type of lettuce has large leaves that form a head and can be easy separated from the steam. Leaves usually look like a scoop, have sweet flavor and soft texture. They are an ideal base for your sandwich. Talking about nutritional value, it is good to point out that lettuce contains minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamins: A, C, K and folate. It provides antioxidant support and promotes cardiovascular health. It is definitely a good substitute for bread or flour tortilla. I tend to use 5-6 leaves of lettuce with a fish filling and 3-4 leaves with falafel for my lunch.

So what can I do with lettuce?

Smoked Mackerel Sandwich

  • Peel the leaves and wash them
  • Put some avocado on each of the leaves
  • Place pieces of smoked mackerel on each leave
  • Enjoy it

Lettuce Tuna Sandwich

  • Peel the leaves and wash them
  • Put some avocado on each of the leaves
  • Make tuna salad:
  • 1 can of tuna in water, 2 scoops of avocado mayonnaise, finely chopped 1/2 medium onion, salt and pepper.
  • Combine everything together and scoop it onto the leaves
  • You can cut radishes to sprinkle on the top of each lettuce tuna sandwich to add some color
  • Enjoy it

Lettuce Sardines Sandwich

  • Peel the leaves and wash them
  • Put some avocado on each of the leaves
  • Place bean sprouts on top of avocado
  • Place pieces of sardines from the can (preferably sardines in water)
  • Enjoy it

Lettuce Falafel Sandwich

  • Peel the leaves and wash them
  • Put some hummos on each of the leaves
  • Place 1 falafel on each leave (it was my leftover from homemade dinner)
  • Fry some thick cut onion and whole cloves of garlic and put on the top
  • Garnish with cilantro
  • Enjoy it

What are your uses of lettuce apart from salad? What is your preferable combination of lettuce sandwich or lettuce wrap?

Lettuce Sandwich Lunch Variations
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