Eight Ways to Make Healthy Lettuce Wraps

Lighten up your meals—without skimping on flavor.
Photo by Asia Bradlee

Photo by Asia Bradlee

With warmer days finally on the horizon, many of us are saying goodbye to winter comfort foods and embracing fresher fare. Lettuce wraps are the perfect way to lighten up your plate, while still getting a balanced and filling meal.

To get you started, we found eight healthy lettuce wraps recipes that are short on effort, but high on flavor.

1. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
via Cooking Classy

This lettuce wrap recipe captures the flavor of your favorite taco, but swaps tortillas for romaine lettuce, and ground beef for turkey. In order to keep the filling properly supported, double up on romaine leaves for each taco.

2. Vegan Lentil Lettuce Wraps
via Green Healthy Cooking

These lentil wraps come together in only 20 minutes, and pack in plenty of plant-based protein. Mangoes and coconut oil give these wraps a unique, tropical twist.

3. Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
via Whole and Heavenly Oven

Instead of mayonnaise, this chicken salad uses avocado and sour cream. (You could even use Greek yogurt, to lighten it up further.) Butter lettuce makes for a firmer, rounder lettuce wrap.

4. Hummus Collard Wraps
via Eating Bird Food

Instead of lettuce, collard greens provide a larger wrap that’s packed full of nutrients. Basil hummus and thinly sliced vegetables add protein, color, and flavor to the meal.

5. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
via Sugar Dish Me

Instead of fried buffalo bites, these healthy lettuce wraps use baked chicken pieces coated with Panko bread crumbs. Quinoa adds additional protein to the meal.

6. Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Lettuce Wraps
via The Garlic Diaries

This gluten-free lettuce wrap recipe uses lime, honey, and cilantro to make a homemade coleslaw that pairs perfectly with the spicy shrimp. Just be sure to start cooking early—the coleslaw has to marinate for a while before eating.

7. Raw and Vegan Tacos
via The First Mess

This healthy recipe uses raw nuts and seeds to create a meat-like texture, while homemade cashew cream serves as a vegan substitute for sour cream. A corn ceviche marinated in lime juice also brings a sweet and sour flavor to the wrap.

8. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps
via Becky’s Best Bites

Olives, feta, chickpeas, and bell peppers are among the many ingredients that bring Mediterranean flavor to this dish. Use either bib or iceberg lettuce for the shell.


Asia Bradlee Asia Bradlee, Contributor at Boston Magazine asia@bodybyasia.com