Plant-Based Thai Lettuce Wraps

Easy summer dinner recipes for family

Oh, Thai Lettuce Wraps, one of the meals I missed the most when I became a vegetarian. My fav were from a Chinese restaurant chain— and they were chicken-based. You know which one I’m talking about, right? Those yummy thai lettuce wraps were part of my inspiration for this dish. Even though I’m no longer a strict vegetarian, I’d still choose this recipe any day over my “old fav.”

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thai lettuce wraps vegan recipe

Do you have a favorite food that you miss and wish you could find a healthy alternative? Mine has always been thai lettuce wraps! I’m happy to report that after some recipe testing, I’ve #nailedit! You def need to give these a try. Don’t let the hearty ingredient list scare you… they’re a breeze to whip up and filled with vitamins and nutrients. Instead of the traditional meat base, we’ve created a hearty and savory plant-powered version using mushrooms and an assortment of vegetables.

Fun ideas to serve up Thai Lettuce Wraps for your crew

  1. Set aside one night of the week for “Fake Out Take Out” night. Your family will love the fun theme and you’ll love the healthy spin on a laid-back dinner.
  2. Host an Asian themed dinner party. Invite some friends over and make a big batch of thai lettuce wraps for the appetizer. If you really want to make it feel authentic, spread a blanket out and have everyone eat on the floor.
  3. Plan a girls night in and serve these up to your best gals! Give my new book, Simple Green Meals, to them all as gifts so they can make this recipe and more in their own kitchen!
That Lettuce Wraps with toppings and servings dishes

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Thai Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

When I became a vegetarian at 16 years old, one of the meals I missed the most was the chicken lettuce wraps from my fav Chinese restaurant. Then a vegetarian version came out on the market, and I was rejoicing—that is, until I learned that version contains gluten, which just seems strange. This recipe is inspired by those, yet this dish adds a lot more nourishment and flavors to make me one happy gluten-free vegetarian.


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Ingredients

Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 rib celery, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces baby bella or white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 heaping cups walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes

For serving:

  • 12 leaves butter lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1⁄2 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until shimmering. Add the celery and shallots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms release their liquid and it evaporates, and the mushrooms start to brown nicely. Add the walnuts and cook for 1 to 2 minutes to toast them.
  3. Stir in the lime juice, tamari, coconut sugar, and rice vinegar. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint, cilantro, and red-pepper flakes. Taste and add more tamari, if desired, for more saltiness. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  4. To serve, spoon some of the vegetables into the lettuce leaves. Top with a sprinkling of carrots, cashews, cilantro, and scallions and add a squeeze of lime. Serve warm.

Notes

GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE (remove walnuts and double mushrooms, remove cashews), VEGAN, DAIRY FREE

Keywords: thai recipe, lettuce wraps, vegan asian

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 9.12.2018 | COMMENTS: 52

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  1. Lisa breneman says:

    Love these wraps so much! Didn’t change a thing, perfection!

  2. SHEILA says:

    Wonderful Recipe!!! Will make again and again

  3. Cindi says:

    Love love love this recipe! I never seem to be able to find good lettuce leaves! Any suggestions? They’re either too small or too frail and fall apart! Usually end up just putting on a bed of lettuce!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      I would suggest searching at your favorite farmers market! I always find the best lettuce and veggies at mine!!

  4. Theresa says:

    I would like to try this though need a substitute for mushrooms (allergic) any ideas?

  5. Christina says:

    I thought this was so yummy

  6. Heather M. says:

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to make these – I think my kiddos will love it too!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Heather,

      Thank you so much! I am sure your kids will love them. They are so tasty!!

      Enjoy!

  7. KT Myles says:

    I have shared this recipe with all my friends! YUM!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey KT Myles,

      That is so awesome!! Thank you for sharing our recipes with your friends. Cannot wait for them to try it as well!!

  8. Lisa says:

    I am so excited to try this! Looks simple, healthy, and delicious.

  9. Andrea says:

    I love lettuce wraps, these look so good!!

  10. Karina Bak says:

    I made these last night, huge hit and delicious! Ok

  11. Beth says:

    Thank you for the tip about how to substitute for the walnuts. I can’t wait to try these!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Beth,

      You are welcome! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. The substitute is just as delicious!!

  12. Angela Singleton says:

    I am putting my list together and I can not wait to make this one. Looks yummy!

  13. Tabitha Good says:

    These look delicious! I’ve been looking for a great vegetarian lettuce wrap recipe and I think I’ve found it!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Tabitha,

      Yay!! I am so happy to hear that this is your winner for lettuce wraps. They really are so delicious!!

  14. Aerogene says:

    Can’t wait to try

  15. Imad says:

    These look great, they taste even better, I tried one of these with my smoothies which are nutritional, and they were a perfect combo. I would definitely suggest that you buy these nutritional smoothies recipes. They’re cheap and help with fat loss: https://bit.ly/2Qp0Ju5

  16. Tina says:

    I love this! I grow Bibb lettuce on my Tower Garden and it’s so easy to just grab a leaf or two and whip up this recipe to serve it on. You can do something like this in lots of different ways. Yum! Beautiful picture also!

  17. Angela says:

    This looks absolutely delicious, and I love the use of mushrooms more and more as a “meaty” alternative!! I have the book and am looking forward to trying this recipe!! 🙂

  18. Diana says:

    Looks delicious, looking forward to making this recipe!

  19. Emily Bru says:

    Made these this past weekend for meal prep and LOVE THEM. Plan to make them again next weekend. Even my fiancé, who loves meat, thought these were great!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      That is so awesome, Emily! I am so happy to hear that your family loved this recipe 🙂

  20. Ana Maag says:

    This recipe looks so good. I love that is gluten free. I’ll be making this for lunchbox tomorrow

  21. lynda says:

    Looks and sounds yummy. Even better…its easy to make and healthy. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  22. Kimberly OLeary says:

    yum!! can’t wait to make these!!!

  23. Yessenia says:

    These look good!! I cannot wait to try it!!

  24. Heather Brock says:

    These look amazing, Can’t wait to try them!

  25. Jen Hansard says:

    One pot recipes are the best— esp when they taste this good. Woot! Woot!

  26. Penny Staford says:

    I can’t wait to make this and share with my favorite people!!

  27. Genevieve says:

    Thai chicken wraps are the first meal I ate after my first fresh start experience – I was SO SAD that the chicken lost all appeal for me! This recipe, however, is another slam dunk. Thank you for another delicious plant based meal!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Genevieve!

      So happy you love this recipe. It’s so crazy how something we use to crave can be changed so easily 🙂

  28. YiTing Tseng says:

    This recipe looks delicious, healthy and easy to put together, aside from all the chopping of ingredients! I love how you just need one pot to make it. Can’t wait to try!

  29. Kimberly Kirchmer says:

    THIS is what’s for dinner tonight! I’ve only ever had a kitchen because it came w my home. Now I love to cook because these recipes are so delicious and I feel so good when I eat whole food plant based meals!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Kimberly,

      So happy you now love cooking in your kitchen! There is nothing better than cooking delicious meals that are also good for you.

  30. Melinda says:

    I can’t wait for dinner tonight!! Just picked up the ingredients to make this. They look just like that chain restaurant only healthier!!!

  31. Nicole says:

    I cannot wait to try this one!!!

  32. Beth says:

    I just watched the video to make these on youtube and cannot wait to try them. All you need is one pot!

  33. Jennifer Huard says:

    Ok these look amazing!! Can’t wait to try!

  34. Anita Powell says:

    Looks amazing. This going to be one of the first I try from the book.

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