Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Lettuce Cups with Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce

Whether you were celebrated or helped to celebrate, I hope everyone had a lovely Mothers’ Day last week.

A friend’s mum is actually the inspiration behind these lettuce cups.

Lettuce Cups

We were having a grazing lunch a while ago of freshly-baked bread, salad, crisp vegetables and lots and lots of cheese. After trying to force more food on everyone, she ended up wrapping the leftover bits and pieces in a huge piece of cos lettuce. She looked so cute munching on her lettuce parcel, even while the rest of us good-naturedly teased her for it.

So I made a note in my phone to make some lettuce cups of my own, and here they are. You could pretty much use whatever combination of veggies that you like or have on hand, throw in some protein – tofu, smoked salmon, smoked chicken – and, to keep the boys happy, add some quinoa or couscous. Dollop on the crème fraiche sauce, fold into a parcel, and enjoy.

I’m sharing these with the Fiesta Friday # 68 lot, created by Angie @The Novice Gardener, and this week c-hosted by Justine @Eclectic odds n sods and Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook.

Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Lettuce Cups with Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce

  • Servings: makes 8 lettuce cups
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Lettuce Cups

Lettuce Cups Ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • ¼ cup mixed fresh herbs (finely chopped)
  • 8 of large, curved lettuce leaves (cos, little gem, iceberg)
  • 1 bunch asparagus (woody ends trimmed)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 100g smoked salmon
  • 1 Avocado
  • 12 baby bocconcini

Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce

  • ½ cup crème fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of a ½ a small lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil or 1 tablespoon fresh dill (finely chopped)


  1. Rinse and drain the quinoa and then cook it following the packet directions, adding the mixed fresh herbs to the cooking liquid. Set aside to cool.
  2. Wash the lettuce leaves, then dry them thoroughly between absorbent towels. Set aside.
  3. Toss the asparagus spears with the oil and lemon juice, season with salt, and grill until slightly charred, about 5 minutes.
  4. While the quinoa and asparagus are cooking, prepare the smoked salmon by portioning it into 8 slices and rolling them into 8 individual rolls. Halve and pit the avocado and cut four slices out of each half. Quarter each baby bocconcini into quarters.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, whisk together the crème fraiche, mustard and lemon juice until smooth and combined. Fold through the basil or dill and season with salt.
  6. When everything is cooked and ready, lay out the lettuce leaves on a serving tray. Top with a full tablespoon of quinoa, add a roll of smoked salmon, a couple of asparagus spears and a slice of avocado. Top with some baby bocconcini, drizzle some crème fraiche sauce over the top and serve warm or at room temperature.


About Food Daydreaming

I follow new recipes perfectly the first couple of times and then I pull them apart and put them back together my way. My biggest pet peeve is when I follow a recipe to a tee and then it doesn't turn out the way it should... I end up growling in my kitchen and that's just not right ;)

7 responses to “Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Lettuce Cups with Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce

  1. this is a real grazing meal and yes I think I would over eat such lovely snacks 🙂 Thank you for joining in on FF #68, please have fun with the others xx Justine xx

  2. Love the sauce. I’ve just bought a tub of crème fraiche to use some of it in curry. So I’ll be making the sauce over the weekend. Now, what to use it on…

  3. So many delicious ingredients in these lettuce cups–I would definitely try to fill mine too much. But then I could eat multiple…!

  4. I love lettuce wraps- they are just perfect for party or any kind of gathering or meal. The creme fraiche sauce sounds awesome to me as well. Thanks for sharing and enjoy FF, E. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂 xx

  5. Oh I love the way you have served this salmon. It looks delicious and would wow guests!

  6. These lettuce wraps look beautiful! We had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We celebrated with our mom in Disney World. It was great because even though we planned quite a bit of it, there were magical surprises for her throughout the day. For example, they were handing out carnations to all the mother’s in the Magic Kingdom. How sweet! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, and happy FF! 😀

  7. I’ve been eating so much salmon lately! But haven’t thought about making lettuce cups with it! Great idea! 🙂

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