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Plant-Based Thai Lettuce Wraps

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!


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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
  • Cuisine: Asian


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.




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


  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.


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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  1. Emily Bru

    September 12th, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    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!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 14th, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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

  3. Diana

    September 13th, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Looks delicious, looking forward to making this recipe!

  4. Angela

    September 13th, 2018 at 6:10 am

    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!! 🙂

  5. Tina

    September 13th, 2018 at 9:14 am

    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!

  6. Imad

    September 13th, 2018 at 9:33 am

    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

  7. Aerogene

    September 13th, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Can’t wait to try

  8. Tabitha Good

    September 13th, 2018 at 5:19 pm

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

  9. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Hey Tabitha,

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

  10. Angela Singleton

    September 17th, 2018 at 9:32 am

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

  11. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Angela,

    We hope you enjoy them!!

  12. Beth

    September 17th, 2018 at 9:40 am

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

  13. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Hey Beth,

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

  14. Karina Bak

    September 17th, 2018 at 9:55 am

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

  15. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Karina,

    Yay!! I am so happy to hear that you loved our Thai Lettuce Wraps!

  16. Andrea

    September 17th, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I love lettuce wraps, these look so good!!

  17. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Hey Andrea,

    Thank you! We hope you enjoy them 🙂

  18. Lisa

    September 17th, 2018 at 8:50 pm

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

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Hey Lisa,

    You summed it up perfectly! 🙂

  20. KT Myles

    September 17th, 2018 at 9:11 pm

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

  21. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    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!!

  22. Heather M.

    September 19th, 2018 at 8:49 am

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

  23. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 19th, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Heather,

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


  24. Christina

    September 19th, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I thought this was so yummy

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