How to Make Lettuce Wraps

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We’re showing you how to make lettuce wraps because they’re a deliciously healthy solution when you’re cutting carbs or simply want something different for dinner.

We're showing you how to make lettuce waps because they're a deliciously healthy solution when you're cutting carbs or simply want something different for dinner. 

Lettuce wraps are such a great way to eat lots of fresh vegetables and make a dish that’s still full of flavor. If you follow the guidelines below, you’ll be able to come up with a winning dish and unique combinations.

What Lettuce Should I Choose?

Great question! Any green leafy lettuce with a lot of surface area and structure will work. You’re looking for something that’ll work as a way to hold all your toppings without falling apart. Butterhead lettuce tends to be a favorite since it’s malleable enough to act almost like a tortilla without snapping when it’s bent. Other great options are iceberg, romaine, loose leaf lettuce and escarole.

Proteins

You can use just about anything for the protein. Shrimp, chicken and ground meat are all great lean options, but you could also use a thinly cut steak to make your wraps a little more hearty. If you want a vegetarian option, tofu or edamame would make a great base. Be sure to season the proteins well to ensure each layer of your wrap has a ton of flavor.

Vegetables

Crunchy vegetables are where you can get creative and make these wraps your own. Shredded carrots and red cabbage are always a great option. You could also use bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, cucumber, peppers, radishes, onions… really, anything. A great option is heading to the salad bar at your local grocery store and picking out pre-cut vegetables to get a lot of variety without too much waste (or time doing prepwork).

Avocado

We know you could call avocado a topping, but it really deserves it’s own category, don’t you think? This healthy fat tends to go great with any combination that you put on a wrap.

Herbs

Herbs can make lettuce wraps really stand out. Something as simple as cilantro on top will change the whole flavor and add more depth to the wrap. If you’re looking for Thai flavors, try Thai basil and mint. Green onions are also great, even if they aren’t technically herbs.

Sauces

Here is where you can really make lettuce wraps your own. Lime juice on its own can be a great topping if you’re looking for something really simple. Two other great options are sweet chili sauce or a peanut-based sauce.

What to Serve with Lettuce Wraps

You can serve something as simple as the sauce on the side with extra vegetables and spring or summer rolls, or even just rice to eat with the veggies that may have fallen from your wrap.

We're showing you how to make lettuce waps because they're a deliciously healthy solution when you're cutting carbs or simply want something different for dinner. 

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for supporting The Cookful!

We're showing you how to make lettuce waps because they're a deliciously healthy solution when you're cutting carbs or simply want something different for dinner. 

Sam Ellis

Sam blogs at The Culinary Compass where she loves to try new recipes and ingredients from around the world. She thinks trying new dishes and spices is the easiest way to travel! She loves coffee so much that she often goes to bed excited for a fresh cup in the morning.