These 11 recipes for easy lettuce wraps are perfect anytime you need a light and fresh meal. Each wrap is healthy, low-carb, and packed with flavor.
The Best Easy Lettuce Wrap Recipes
You won’t miss the bread with these easy lettuce wraps! A great way to make a sandwich, burger or taco fresher, lighter and healthy but still flavorful. They have everything that you love about sandwiches or tortilla wraps, but without the heavy ingredients, gluten or carbs. Fill them with your favorite chicken salad, leftover roast beef, egg salad, cold cuts, ground beef taco meat, or use them in place of buns for burgers.
To help you get started, I’ve put together 11 of my favorite lettuce wrap recipes. They’re all light, quick and easy to make, and most importantly, fantastic tasting!
What is a Lettuce Wrap?
Lettuce wraps are exactly what they sound like: wraps that use lettuce in place of bread or tortillas. It’s that simple! Sometimes the lettuce is rolled up just like a wrap, while other times it’s more like a taco or an open-faced sandwich. You can turn any sandwich, burger or wrap into a lettuce wrap simply by replacing the bread or tortilla with a big piece of lettuce. Just place your filling in the center of a lettuce leaf and roll it up. It’s really that easy!
What’s the Best Lettuce to Use for Lettuce Wraps?
Look for leaves big enough to accommodate the meat, cheese, veggies, and sauce in your tasty wrap. Here are some of my favorite lettuce types for making wraps:
- Romaine. Romaine is nice and thick, with big leaves. So it’s perfect for holding fillings! It also is a pretty flavorful lettuce, so it adds a nice fresh taste to your wrap.
- Iceberg. Iceberg lettuce doesn’t have much flavor, but I just love the texture. It has that signature crunch that I can’t get enough of.
- Butter lettuce leaves. Butter lettuce has a natural bowl shape, so it can hold a lot of ingredients. Sometimes the leaves are big enough to roll up, but usually, butter lettuce is best for a taco-style wrap.
- Endive. Endive leaves aren’t as big as the other lettuces on this list. But they have an awesome canoe shape that’s perfect for holding ingredients!
11 Quick and Easy Lettuce Wrap Recipes to Try:
All of these recipes are packed with healthy and fresh ingredients. They’re quick and easy to make, and oh-so delicious!
1. Shrimp Dumpling Lettuce Wraps
Shrimp and lettuce go together perfectly. They’re a super refreshing pair. This recipe is sweet and spicy, but the star is the pickled carrots. They add the perfect kick that helps the shrimp and lettuce shine.
2. Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps
This recipe is bursting with southwestern flavors. There’s corn, jalapenos, turkey, beans, cheese, and lots of spices. But the best part just might be the mouth-watering avocado and cilantro ranch dressing.
3. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Who doesn’t love buffalo chicken? It’s one of the most iconic flavors out there. This chicken is made in a slow cooker to maximize flavor and juiciness. That also makes the recipe a lot easier!
4. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
This wrap has an unbelievable amount of flavor, but it’s so quick and easy to make. It has strong flavors like garlic, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, and the ground chicken absorbs all the seasoning. It also has mushrooms, water chestnuts, and scallions, which add complexity to the wrap.
5. BLT Lettuce Wraps
It doesn’t get more classic than a BLT. If you think you like BLT sandwiches, wait until you try this lettuce wrap. After all, the “L” in “BLT” does stand for “lettuce!” Diced tomatoes are mixed with mayo and pepper, and topped with chopped-up bacon. It’s a perfect wrap.
6. Steak Taco Lettuce Wraps
This recipe is basically your favorite taco, but in a piece of crispy lettuce instead of a taco. Juicy sirloin steak is cooked with a unique spice blend of cumin, oregano, and garlic. Strips of the meat are topped with not just homemade pico de gallo, but homemade guacamole, too!
7. Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Buffalo sauce isn’t just for chicken. If you want all the flavor of buffalo chicken, but with a lighter protein, then this recipe has your name on it. Shrimp goes wonderfully well with buffalo sauce, and with either ranch or blue cheese dressing.
8. Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps work well with pretty much any kind of taco filling. Made with lean turkey meat and five different spices, this recipe is as flavorful as it is healthy. And it’s so easy to make!
9. Tuna Salad Endive Wraps
This is a fun recipe that you can make in just a few minutes. It’s a simple (but perfect!) tuna salad, with large chunks of broccoli added to it. The ingredients are stuffed in endive leaves to make perfect finger food.
10. Chicken Club Lettuce Wrap Sandwich
This keto-friendly wrap only uses five ingredients. But I bet you love all five! All that’s in this recipe are lettuce, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, and mayo. What’s not to love? And as you could probably guess, it only takes a few minutes to make!
How to Store
It’s best to eat lettuce wraps the day you make them. If you store them in the fridge to make in advance, just make the filling ahead of time, and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Whenever you’re ready for a fresh and tasty lettuce wrap, put the filling on a crisp leaf and you’re good to go!
Looking For Easy and Healthy Lunch Ideas?
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