These Easy Lettuce Wraps are the perfect light snack or meal to make. This gluten-free lettuce wrap is currently trending due to its flavor, protein, and fiber. It only takes a few minutes to make. PLUS it’s super crunchy and refreshing.
This recipe was contributed by dietetic intern Dani Glutenplan.
Lettuce wraps are gaining in popularity and are a refreshing alternative to bread or tortillas. Using lettuce as a substitute can give you an extra crunch and provide a light snack or meal.
But don’t feel like you have to swap gluten-free bread and tortillas for lettuce! If it’s more satisfying for you to use them, then do it! But if you’re looking for a fun way to add greens into your life, give this recipe a try!
The beauty of lettuce wraps is their simplicity. When making them, all you do is wash and dry your head of lettuce and cut them into individual pieces. Then you fill the wrap with anything of your choice, including this chickpea recipe, chicken, vegetables, etc.
I’m thinking this will be another creative way I’ll use my One-Pot Chicken and Rice leftovers.
In order to choose the best lettuce for your wrap, you need lettuce that is sturdy and will hold the mixture inside. Some great examples are Romaine and Iceberg lettuce. Romaine and Iceberg are both perfect for lettuce cups because they can hold a mixture without breaking.
If you’re looking for more crunch, you can also use cabbage! It’s another sturdy alternative. And remember, if you’re looking to boost iron on a gluten-free diet, dark leafy greens are great for that!
Lettuce cups typically last about 4 days. To keep the lettuce leaves crisp for wrapping, you can store them stacked in a container with wet paper towels in between each lettuce leaf.
Also, it is important to make sure your lettuce is fully dry. You can use a salad spinner or even just a towel to pat them dry before storage.
When making lettuce cups, you can do it in many ways. Either you can place the mixture inside and eat it like a hotdog, or you can fold the bottom in and the slides over, and wrap it like a burrito. To keep it from falling apart, it is important to tuck in the lettuce and keep everything tight. If you want, you can wrap the outside in foil or plastic wrap so nothing falls out.
Now we’ve established that these wraps might not seem easy to make. So here are 4 tips to make your lettuce wrapping days go smooth:
When making these Easy Lettuce Wraps, you can adjust the recipe as needed. From swapping the lettuce leaves for cabbage for a crunchier option. To using tahini and hummus instead of mayo to make this a vegan lettuce wrap.
You could also boost protein by using tofu or lean chicken in the filling instead of chickpeas. And you can boost flavor with your favorite seasonings and sauces. No matter what you choose, it is easy to alter the mixture and make it your own healthy snack!
Making these Lettuce Wraps might sound anything but easy, however, let me share common tips to address pitfalls often encountered when making these wraps.