Spicy Meatless Lettuce Wraps

August 14, 2016

Author Notes: Tired of bringing hummus to parties as your vegan appetizer of choice? Then these spicy lettuce wraps--which are sure to please any crowd of eaters--are your next party offering. Simple to prepare, satisfying, and full of flavor.Gena Hamshaw

Serves: 12


Meatless Balls

  • 8 ounces frozen, vegan meatless balls
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced, fresh ginger (or 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut, safflower, or sesame oil

Slaw and Wraps

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
  • 2 cups shredded green or red cabbage
  • 1 green onion, tops only, chopped
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed, chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed, chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup roasted, chopped peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar (if you only have seasoned, decrease or omit soy sauce)
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 head bibb or Boston lettuce (about 12 leaves)
  • Extra cilantro sprigs, thinly sliced Thai chiles, sriracha or gochujang (optional, for topping)
In This Recipe


  1. Transfer the meatless balls to a rectangular glass lock container or a wide, shallow bowl. Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Pour marinade over the meatless balls, cover, and allow them to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. While the meatless balls marinate, mix all slaw ingredients (carrots through red pepper flakes) together in a mixing bowl and adjust seasoning to taste.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or saute pan. Add the meatless balls and cook, stirring the balls often so that they brown evenly, for 4-6 minutes, or until lightly browned throughout.
  4. To serve the lettuce wraps, place 2 meatless balls and a spoonful of the slaw into each lettuce cup. Add any additional toppings you like, wrap, and enjoy!

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