Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps


No one will even miss the meat in these Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps! They’re easy to make, full of flavor and you’ll love all that crunch!

This post was sponsored by USA Pulses and Pulse Canada, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

I know this week with Thanksgiving just around the corner it’s going to be all about a calorie and dessert splurge so I’ve been trying to squeeze in a lot of healthy meals for lunch and dinner for my family this week.


Dinners like these delicious Asian Lettuce Wraps! You wouldn’t believe how good these are!

Want to see how easy this lettuce wraps recipe is? Watch the video!

They have no poultry or meat, rather they are made with protein-rich ultra filling lentils and no one could hardly taste the difference between these and the chicken version (plus lentils are a cheaper alternative).

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

In fact the first time I made this (when I was recipe testing) I had my mom taste test and the lentils were a little more mashed up because I cooked them just a little too long but she didn’t even notice that it wasn’t the traditional chicken lettuce wraps until I told her!

And even my two little picky eaters loved these! My kids can be my worst critics lately but they gave these the thumbs up.

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

I’ve added lentils to soups (1, 2) and salads but hadn’t really made them into a main dish until these wraps and now I’m thinking there’s so many other things I need to try them out in!

They are such a healthy ingredient – not only are they a great source of protein but they are also a great source of fiber and they are rich in so many vitamins and minerals (such as folate, iron and manganese).

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

Did you know that lentils are part of the pulse family? And what’s a pulse you may be asking?

Pulses are the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods known as dry peas, chick peas, lentils and beans.

They are a some of my go-to ingredients. I can’t even count how many times I’m adding black beans to something throughout the week – from black bean taco salad and black bean tacos, to my latest chicken and sweet potato skillet dinner, to another skillet dinner, to chili and so much more!

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

Black beans may be my favorite of the pulse family but garbanzo beans and now lentils are a close second. They are so filling and so versatile and I really do enjoy the flavor.

And now I’m also trying to find more ways to add the dry peas into my diet because they are such a nutritious ingredient as well.

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

This year I really have been trying to add even more pulses into my family’s diet and I encourage you guys to do the same! They are food I feel great about eating.

If you are looking for ways to eat healthier, try adding more pulses into your diet! You can sign up for the Half-Cup Habit and see how easy it can be to add 1/2 cup serving of pulses to your diet 3 times per week.


Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps

4.75 from 4 votes

No one will even miss the meat in these delicious and filling lentil wraps! My whole family loved these! Lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin and minerals so they are a smart choice of food to be adding into your diet.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (1 small)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1 small)
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce, or more to taste
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 - 2 heads iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce, leaves separated, rinsed and dried


  1. Simmer lentils in unsalted water according to package directions until just tender (about 15 minutes). Drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in bell pepper and onion and saute until softened, about 5 - 6 minutes. 

  3. Add in carrots, garlic and ginger and saute 1 minute longer. 

  4. Add in drained lentils, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and water chestnuts, cook while tossing, 1 minute (thin as needed with a few tablespoons of water. The lentils will absorb some of the sauce as the mixtures rests so you can thin with a little water as desired).

  5. Toss in walnuts, sprinkle with green onions, cilantro and optional sesame seeds. Serve filling warm in lettuce leaves (I like to double up the lettuce leaves). 

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Asian Lentil Lettuce Wraps - no one will even miss the meat in these delicious and filling lentil wraps! My whole family loved these! Lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin and minerals so they are a smart choice of food to be adding into your diet.


  • Susan: Thanks so much for posting this great recipe. Every time I try a new vegan recipe for dinner, my kids joke that the odds are low that they’ll be full afterwards, since we’ve tried some really tasteless ones. Tonight when I made your lettuce wraps, there wasn’t a single lentil left, and “This is wonderful!” was said repeatedly. Definitely a keeper that we will make many more times. My youngest son isn’t a huge fan of walnuts, so I used chopped cashews instead, and I lost count of how many wraps he ate. Really delicious. March 12, 2018 at 4:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed these Susan :)! I know it can be tricky to get the whole family to enjoy a vegan recipe so I’m glad they approved! March 12, 2018 at 9:17pm Reply

  • Chelsea: I’m not a huge fan of hoisin sauce- is there a good alternative? Otherwise I’m excited to try this! March 3, 2018 at 10:50pm Reply

  • CC: Hi Jaclyn,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. it was fantastic! i used a little less garlic, and although I didn’t have any nuts, it was still yummy.

    FYI, San-J Tamari is a gluten free soy sauce, also available in low sodium.

    This dish was easy to prepare, delicious, and fun to eat!

    Chris January 8, 2018 at 7:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Chris! January 8, 2018 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Amy Reed: How can I make these gluten free? January 2, 2018 at 8:31am Reply

  • Jocelyn: My family really enjoyed these lettuce wraps. The fact that they are so healthy is a bonus. Are the lentils supposed to be fairly soft, almost mushy? I only cooked mine for ten minutes, and that’s the way they turned out. No matter, the recipe is a keeper! December 21, 2017 at 8:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes the red lentils are a softer of the varieties but I love their color, you could use the brown/green here for a more firm texture. Glad you loved them though! December 21, 2017 at 10:17pm Reply

  • Sonia Nieves: I have small whole green lentils can i use them instead of red lentils?

    Btw I love your all your recipes!!! I have made almost all the healthly ones and everyone has been amazing!!!! Bc of you my boyfriend loves my cooking!! December 3, 2017 at 10:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sonia – I’m so glad to hear you guys have enjoyed my recipes and that your boyfriend loves to cook now, that’s awesome!
      For this recipe the green lentils should be just fine. I hope you love this recipe too! December 5, 2017 at 4:41pm Reply

  • Cyndi: I can’t wait to make these. Any chance you know the nutrition info? Thanks! November 28, 2017 at 12:46pm Reply

  • Gmail QA: Gonna try this wraps for dinner today. There are two people who want to lose weight in my house :) Thank you for sharing the recipe!! November 23, 2017 at 10:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope they’re enjoyed! November 24, 2017 at 12:15am Reply

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