Lettuce Wraps

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Easily enjoy a sandwich without the bread

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Lettuce Wraps are a gluten-free, low carb replacement for a sandwich made with bread. Using this technique to roll your lettuce wrap, you can easily enjoy a wrap filled with your favorite deli meats, veggies, and cheese without it all falling out of the lettuce leaves.

Lettuce wraps can be made with all kinds of meats, vegetables, and sauces. Instead of using bread, we use lettuce leaves as a wrap! It’s the original way of using something other than bread to make a sandwich or wrap. Since then, we have discovered that bell pepper can be used, like this bell pepper sandwich as another tasty lunch option.

This version of a lettuce wrap is special because of how it’s wrapped. One of the downsides of eating a lettuce wrap is that it comes undone as you eat it. Using parchment paper angled a certain way and strategically rolling the lettuce leaves ensures that nothing falls out of this wrap.

They are easily customizable, and you can add or remove your favorite ingredients depending on what you have on hand or what you like best.

This is the perfect crunchy snack or weekday lunch. It’s easy to make, and your kids will love it!

How to make lettuce wraps

These lettuce wraps are wrapped differently, so they are tight and mess-free. Here is how to put them together.

  1. Cut iceberg lettuce in half and remove the core. Wash lettuce and let dry completely.
  2. Layer 8 large leaves of the lettuce in a small rectangle on top of two sheets of parchment paper.
  3. Spread on the mayo.
  4. Layer down meats, cheese, tomato, and bacon. Or other sandwich fixings that you love. 
  5. Roll and tuck until the lettuce wrap is wrapped tightly.
  6. Cut in half to serve.

To eat: Peal back the parchment paper of the lettuce wrap as you eat. 


Key ingredients

The ingredients for this lettuce wrap recipe are the makings for the perfect club wrap. You’ll most likely have them in your fridge already, but if not, you easily can get them from your local grocery store. Again you can customize these ingredients to your liking and I have variations listed below.

  • Iceberg lettuce: This crunchy lettuce is perfect for making wraps. It is very low in calories, high in water content and fiber.
  • Mayonnaise: Spread a little mayo on the lettuce to ensure it all sticks together. Use avocado mayo for a healthy mayonnaise option.
  • Turkey: Sliced turkey is a great addition.
  • Ham: You can get any variety of sliced ham that you’d like from the deli section at the grocery store. Look for sugar free options if low carb.
  • Cheese: Thinly sliced Colby jack or cheddar cheese pairs nicely with the other ingredients.
  • Tomato: Fresh tomatoes make these wraps sweet and juicy.
  • Bacon: Crispy bacon gives this dish a rich flavor that everyone will love.

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Lettuce Wrap Ingredients

  • 8 large leaves of Iceberg lettuce
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 slices deli turkey meat
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 slices fully cooked bacon

Lettuce Wraps Directions

  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Other ingredients for your lettuce wrap

    You can make healthy lettuce wraps in various ways with different meats, vegetables, and sauces. Here are some recipe options for you to try.

    • Asian chicken: ground chicken, chopped red bell peppers, rice wine vinegar, peanut sauce, daikon, and crunchy water chestnuts
    • Chicken salad: rotisserie chicken, mayonnaise, chopped celery, romaine lettuce, and walnuts
    • Tuna salad: canned tuna, mayonnaise, bibb lettuce, matchstick carrots, and garlic powder
    • Spicy turkey: ground turkey, Boston lettuce, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, chili sauce, and sesame seeds
    • Cashew pork: ground pork, green onions, chopped peanuts, butter lettuce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and hot sauce

    Sauce for lettuce wraps

    Lettuce wrap recipes are delicious when made with a sauce or served with a dipping sauce. Sauce ingredients can range from umami, creamy, or olive oil-based and are used to make the wrap moist and tasty.

    Some options include:

    • soy sauce
    • mayo
    • ranch
    • oil and vinegar
    • chili garlic sauce
    • rice wine vinegar
    • hoisin sauce
    • hot sauce
    • lime juice
    • peanut butter
    • teriyaki sauce
    • chipotle sauce
    • peanut sauce

    The best meat for lettuce wraps

    This deli wrap includes sliced ham and turkey, but you can use other meats based on what you have in your pantry or what you prefer to eat.

    Here are some meats you can try:

    • ground chicken
    • ground beef
    • ground turkey
    • ground pork
    • diced shrimp
    • rotisserie chicken
    • canned chicken
    • canned tuna

    How to meal prep

    These easy lettuce wraps make a great appetizer or healthy lunch. You can make a double batch when you have more people to feed, or you can just make one for yourself.

    Cook the bacon on the stovetop or in the oven, slice the tomatoes, and correctly store the lettuce to stay crispy. These little things will make putting these wraps together a breeze.

    Storage information

    Refrigerate: Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day. It’s best to make them fresh whenever you want to eat this healthy dinner.

    Reheat: There’s no need to reheat these wraps because they are meant to be served cold.

    Freeze: It’s not a good idea to freeze this delicious lettuce wrap. Most of the ingredients don’t thaw well, and the texture is mushy.

    Lettuce Wraps: FAQS

    What kind of lettuce is used for a lettuce wrap?

    This recipe uses iceberg lettuce which makes the best lettuce wraps, but consider using romaine lettuce, green leaf, red leaf or butter lettuce.

    Is a lettuce wrap messy?

    In general, lettuce wraps can be a mess if the lettuce breaks or the ingredients fall out the ends. However, this recipe artfully wraps the ingredients, so they are mess-free.

    How do you keep lettuce crisp for lettuce wraps?

    The best part of lettuce wraps is the crunchy lettuce. In order to keep it crispy, remove the lettuce from the head and place them in a large plastic bag in the crisper of the fridge.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Lettuce Wraps

    Servings: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 579
    Fat 43.3g
    Protein 37.3g
    Total Carbs 6.7g
    Net Carbs 4.9g

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