Delicious Do-It-Yourself Lettuce Wraps


This is our version of a Thai-style lettuce wrap, and it’s like a cross between a taco and a salad. All you have to do is prepare the ingredients and set them out: everyone assembles their own wraps, which makes it a fun, easy, interactive meal.

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • 6 small bowls 



  • 1 head soft-leafed lettuce, such as Bibb or butter
  • 2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 2 cups veggies, such as shredded cabbage, grated carrots, or leftover cooked green beans, or sliced radishes
  • 1 cup whole fresh herb leaves: mint, cilantro, or basil, or a combination
  • 1⁄3 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar



  • Arrange the lettuce, chicken, veggies, herbs, and peanuts in bowls or on plates.
  • Put the soy sauce, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl and stir well.
  • To assemble a roll, put a lettuce leaf on your plate and pile a small heap of ingredients across its middle, topping it with peanuts and a spoonful of sauce. Fold the sides in and roll the leaf up around the filling, burrito-style.



Substitute cubes of raw or baked tofu for the chicken.

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