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All The Ways To Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce wraps. They’re a quick and easy meal to toss together on a weeknight that’s healthy, full of flavor, and low on carbs. They can be customized to use any ingredients you have kicking around the kitchen, and can be transformed into your favorite flavor profile.

So let us help make dinner easier! Check out some of our favorite lettuce wrap recipes that will inspire you to make something healthy and delicious tonight.

Lettuce Wraps with Watercress Aioli

lettuce wraps watercress aioli

These lettuce wraps are made with chicken breast, but you could easily make this dish vegetarian by utilizing tofu or lentils instead. And if you want to stuff your wraps even fuller, feel free to add black beans or corn.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 16 Bibb or butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup watercress, lightly packed, minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, lightly packed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the watercress, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Use half of this mixture to marinate the chicken breasts for 30 minutes, in a covered container or a tightly-closed plastic bag, in the refrigerator. Mix the remaining sauce with the yogurt and mayonnaise to make the aioli sauce and set it aside.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken breasts for 8-10 minutes on each side, making sure the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the grill, let it rest for a few minutes, then slice it into bite-sized pieces.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, dice the tomato, red onion and avocado, and wash and dry the lettuce leaves.
  4. To serve, double up the lettuce leaves on individual plates and fill each lettuce cup with tomatoes, onions, avocado and cooked chicken. Drizzle with the watercress aioli sauce and serve with a lemon wedge.

Recipe and photo adapted from Welcome to the Table

Greek Goddess Chicken Lettuce Wraps

greek goddess chicken lettuce wraps

Full of flavor and bright colors, these Greek Goddess Chicken Lettuce Wraps are technically wrapped in pita bread, but you can certainly omit those and stick to lettuce.

Featuring fresh cucumbers, pickled red onions, and kalamata olives, this lettuce wrap definitely has a Greek flair to it.

The recipe also includes directions to make your own dressing from scratch, but if you want to speed up the process, any pre-made green goddess dressing would do the trick.

Find the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

Taco Lettuce Wraps

taco lettuce wraps

Consider these wraps to be like a taco salad you can hold! Or a shell-less taco, however you want to see it!

Either way, these wraps are full of lots of zesty flavor and are a healthy substitute for your next Taco Tuesday.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Teriyaki Mushroom Wraps

mushroom teriyaki wraps

Shiitake and cremini mushrooms are sauteed, stir-fried with other veggies, served on a bed of brown rice, and wrapped up with lettuce to create these vegan-friendly lettuce wraps.

If you have a family of meat-eaters and vegans in your house, you could definitely make a version that incorporates chicken for a little extra protein for those that do eat meat.

But vegan or not, these wraps are packed full of flavor and would pair well with a sweet citrusy salad to balance out the salty teriyaki.

Find the full recipe at Feasting at Home

Curried Tofu Wraps

curried tofu lettuce wrap

Tofu is another plant-based protein that’s perfect for lettuce wraps!

In this recipe, tofu is combined with red curry paste and cool coconut milk and crisped up to perfection.

Toss some crunchy coconut chips on top for an extra layer of crispiness!

Find the full recipe at Bon Appetit

Turkey & Cheddar Lettuce Wraps

turkey lettuce wraps

It’s like your favorite childhood sammy but with a healthy, no-gluten twist.

This lettuce wrap is quick and easy to toss together for lunch and can be customized to include your favorite lunch meat, whether that’s turkey, roast beef, or ham.

If you need a little extra support to keep everything in place as you’re eating, feel free to poke in a toothpick or two.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Lemongrass Sausage Lettuce Wraps

lemongrass sausage lettuce wraps

Zesty, bright, and full of protein, these sausage lettuce wraps are made out of homemade sausage, making them especially fresh and delicious.

Crunchy carrot and a touch of fresh cilantro round out these flavorful wraps.

Find the full recipe at Food and Wine

Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

vietnamese shrimp lettuce wraps

Given that there easy to cook up and small enough to toss in a wrap, shrimp are perfect for an easy lettuce wrap dinner!

Vietnamese inspired and full of fresh veggies, these wraps work best with butter lettuce, and are the perfect apppetizer for a larger meal.

Char up the shrimp on the grill for a more summery flavor.

Find the full recipe at Feasting at Home

Ginger-Sesame-Chicken Lettuce Wraps

ginger sesame lettuce wraps

These wraps are definitely reminiscent of an appetizer you might find at your favorite Asian restaurant.

Ground chicken is combined with grated ginger, chopped garlic, and sesame oil to create the filling for these wraps. Cool cilantro and lettuce work to balance out the zesty flavor of the filling.

If you don’t have ground chicken, turkey or pork would work well as a substitute.

Find the full recipe at Fine Cooking

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Typically sold as a blend, five-spice is made up of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, stair anise, and szechuan peppercorns.

Here, five-spice is combined with ground turkey and crunchy water chestnuts to create a filling for delicate pieces of butter lettuce.

Brown rice is added to make the dish extra hardy, but feel free to sub it out if you want a low-carb version.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.