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.

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Hands-on time: 20   |    Total time: 20   |    Makes: 4 Servings


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


1 unit head soft-leafed lettuce, such as Bibb or butter
2 cup shredded or diced cooked chicken
2 cup 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 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Arrange the lettuce, chicken, veggies, herbs, and peanuts in bowls or on plates.
  2. Put the soy sauce, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl and stir well.
  3. 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.