Healthy Lettuce Wrap Recipes for a Delightful Lightened-Up Meal

Pork and Apple Slaw Wraps
Photo: Blaine Moats

Looking for a low-carb appetizer or a healthy, light meal? Try a lettuce wrap. Lettuce wraps are like a handheld salad and packed with protein. Whether you crave chicken lettuce wraps or a healthy Asian-inspired lettuce wrap recipe, there's a quick and delicious recipe ahead for you.

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Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps
Andy Lyons

Healthy ground beef recipes most certainly do exist. Case in point these easy Asian-inspired lettuce wraps that require just seven ingredients. Layer with a shredded broccoli slaw mix for a crunchy topper to finish off these delicious lettuce wraps for a light meal that's filled with protein (21 grams!).

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Chipotle Chicken-Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Chipotle Chicken-Avocado Lettuce Wraps
Jacob Fox

Slow cooker chicken lettuce wraps might sound too good to be true, but this zesty recipe proves it can be done. Let your slow cooker do the work of cooking chicken for your next gathering (or prep for easy lunches), then make it a meal by serving on lettuce leaves with avocado wedges.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Slow Cooker ($22, Walmart)

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Beef Lettuce Wraps with Miso-Yogurt Sauce

Beef Lettuce Wraps with Miso-Yogurt Sauce
Andy Lyons

Even when it's not lunchtime, we find ourselves craving this healthy lettuce wrap recipe. Spiced beef, grape tomatoes, and juicy mango slices get all wrapped up with a tangy miso-yogurt sauce to make a mouthwatering meal.

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Pork and Apple Slaw Wraps

Pork and Apple Slaw Wraps
Blaine Moats

Here's a fresh take on pork tenderloin for you. Savory barbecue pork and a tangy apple-maple slaw combine to create the most delicious filling in this healthy lunch wrap recipe. When toting as your next brown bag lunch, pack the ingredients separately and assemble just before eating to get the most crunch.

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Chicken and Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Chicken and Avocado Lettuce Wraps
Blaine Moats

For a fresh take on a taco salad, try a lettuce wrap filled with fresh chicken, tomatoes, and avocado. Fresh cilantro and lime give these chicken lettuce wraps a zesty-tangy finish. Add some crushed tortilla chips for an irresistible crunch.

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Paleo Waldorf Salad Lettuce Wraps

Paleo Waldorf Salad Lettuce Wraps
Andy Lyons

Whether you're on a Paleo lifestyle or not, these healthy lettuce wraps are a game-changer. Paleo-friendly mayonnaise (try making your own!) is the key to making the classic waldorf salad healthier and appropriate for anyone following the diet. The crunch from fresh apples, cauliflower, and celery in a creamy dressing make this easy lettuce wrap recipe a keeper.

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Shrimp and Kale Rolls

Shrimp Kale Spring Rolls
Blaine Moats

Shrimp and kale rolls are just what you need for your next healthy meal. (And if you weren't a fan of kale before, this recipe might change your mind.) Hoisin sauce, fresh mint leaves, and sesame oil lend Asian-inspired flavors to this healthy main dish. You can give them some extra zip by adding extra lettuce wrap sauce, made with fresh ginger and soy sauce.

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Marty Baldwin

For an impressive food display at your next gathering, consider these healthy Asian lettuce wraps. They clock in at only 58 calories per serving, so you won't feel bad eating a few. Bonus: you can have these on the table in just 20 minutes.

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Pizza Lettuce Wraps

Pizza Lettuce Wraps
Blaine Moats

Enjoy your favorite pizza flavors without the guilt. Feel free to tailor this healthy lettuce wrap to your liking, whether you're a veggie or pepperoni pizza person. Ditch the crust and opt for Bibb lettuce leaves to hold your favorite pizza toppings in low-fat wraps. Roll them up into lettuce wraps or enjoy open as cups.

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Thai Shrimp and Cucumber Lettuce Wraps with Rice

Thai Shrimp and Cucumber Lettuce Wraps with Rice
Carson Downing

Bring on the spice! These Asian-inspired healthy lettuce wrap get plenty of heat from Thai chile peppers and sriracha sauce. The bold flavors are tamed a bit by cooling mint and cucumber. To change things up (and make them a bit heartier), we include some cooked rice in every lettuce wrap.

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Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Karla Conrad

Lean ground turkey lettuce wraps plus a spicy peanut sauce makes this recipe not only healthy, but also super flavorful. Add in broccoli for an extra green boost, and red onion for a little zip. Gluten-free? Try our spicy peanut sauce recipe.

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Turkey-Lettuce Wraps with Apples

Turkey-Lettuce Wraps with Apples
Jacob Fox

If you like a little crunch with lunch, try this healthy lettuce wrap recipe with apple slices rolled in alongside the turkey. Tossing in a few pistachios will also make this wrap fun to munch on (but still healthy). The quick vinaigrette featuring fresh tarragon and honey takes the lettuce wrap flavors to the next level.

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Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Blaine Moats

Even if you're not a big fan of the plant-based protein (yet), these vegetarian lettuce wraps featuring tofu are loved by meat-eaters and veggie-lovers alike. Sweet chili sauce and fresh lime juice give the plain tofu bold flavor. Try pressing your tofu first to allow it to absorb maximum flavor.

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Gluten Free Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps

Gluten Free Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps
Blaine Moats

Pho is a Vietnamese soup that's become a takeout favorite. Keep the trend going on days it's too hot for soup with these healthy lettuce wraps. The flank steak is simmered in the slow cooker until tender and juicy. Add spice with the bold flavors of chile peppers, basil, onions, and chili sauce.

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Garlic-Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

Garlic-Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps
Marty Baldwin

Garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and soy sauce make a beautiful sauce for these healthy lettuce wraps. The recipe can adapt to your schedule, too. Use our directions to make the lettuce wrap meat in your slow cooker or pressure cooker.

Buy It: Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker ($80, Target)

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