Using lettuce instead of a bun or bread is really common thing with people doing “Low carb” diets, and you’ve probably seen it a lot in restaurants as the “lighter” option when it comes to burgers and such. I decided to use lettuce as the bun in this recipe as I was actually trying to recreate my favourite sub from Subway- but without the bread! Also as my previous recipe had been quite filling & carbtastic, I decided something lighter would be nice.
For this recipe you will need:
1 x Iceberg Lettuce (you won’t need all of it)
¼ of a red onion
Handful of Black olives (or whatever type you prefer)
4-5 chopped gherkins for garnish/topping
4 “rashers” of thin sizzling steak (I used Tesco brand “sizzle steaks”, it worked out at roughly 170-175g)
Balsamic Vinegar to dress
Salt, Pepper, and teaspoon of oil to fry.
This is such an easy recipe to make, and it’s also surprisingly filling too. I know some of the ingredients are somewhat controversial, as a lot of people regard olives and gherkins as the “Marmite(s?)” of the ingredients world- with people either loving or hating them- but you can always substitute out what you don’t like for something you do. My salad choices can be a little odd to most people, given the fact that I despise cucumber and tomatoes. Don’t ask me how I love gherkins when I hate cucumbers- I have no idea.
Anyway, the first part is to carefully peel (I hate that word for some reason) the lettuce leaves off one by one, until you find two good “bowls” for the salad. Wash all the leaves, and cut up about 3 of them for the salad part itself. You can use less if you like, as I’ve said before on my blog, I am extremely greedy! Next is to chop up the steak into bite size strips- cutting off any fatty rind- and fry in a little oil. While frying, add in some cracked black pepper and sea salt- also you could add any other spices that take your fancy. Once done, put aside on a plate to cool, as I make this salad to be eaten cold/coldish.
The last part is the prep of the other ingredients and the assemblage. Simply chop the red onion, black olives and gherkins. Then, mix together the steak, chopped lettuce, olives, and onion in a bowl, finishing off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to dress.
I looked in the shops for a nice salad dressing, but the fat content and sugar content was off the charts- even with the “low fat” and “healthy” marketed options. So my tip here is: ALWAYS make your own dressing if you are trying to eat healthily, as that way you know exactly what is in it, and how much fat, sugar etc. it contains. Lastly, fill the lettuce “bowls” with the salad mixture, and top with the chopped gherkins. I also like an extra bit of pepper for the heat!