Herby Lettuce Wraps

These do-it-yourself lettuce wraps are Chinese in origin, but here we've seasoned them with herbs in a way that's more traditionally Vietnamese. So they're not authentically anything, but they're completely delicious! 

Hands-on time:
30 minutes
Total time:
30 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Garlic press
Zester or grater
Measuring cup
Large skillet


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 scallions, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced or put through a garlic press
1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
8 soft lettuce leaves (such as butter lettuce)
2 cups fresh herb leaves: basil, mint, and/or cilantro


  1. Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When it is hot, add the oil, scallions, garlic, and ginger, and cook, stirring, until the mixture is bubbly and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the turkey or beef to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook, breaking it up with the spatula, until the meat is cooked through and browning, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the soy sauce and vinegar and cook, stirring, until the liquids are absorbed, 1-2 minutes more. Taste the mixture and add more soy sauce or vinegar if you think it needs it.
  4. Serve with the lettuce leaves and toppings: put a spoonful of the meat mixture into a lettuce leaf, add herbs, roll and eat.