Walnut Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

Thai-Style Cauliflower Walnut Lettuce Cups

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Riced cauliflower and toasted walnuts with a Thai-inspired sauce, served in lettuce cups.


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  • 4-5 cups cauliflower florets or 10-ounce bag fresh or frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 small jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves pulled apart
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Place the cauliflower florets in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until cauliflower pieces are pea-sized (skip this step if you are using riced cauliflower).
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium-low heat. Add chopped walnuts and toast 60-90 seconds or until fragrant, shaking the pan to keep walnuts from burning. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. In the same skillet, heat oil to medium heat. Add cauliflower, onion and jalapeno and sauté 5-6 minutes or until soft. Stir in garlic, ginger and walnuts and sauté an additional 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant and walnuts are toasted.
  4. Add the soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce and honey and increase heat to medium-high. Simmer 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Stir in salt and cilantro.
  5. Scoop mixture into lettuce leaves and top with green onions. Serve immediately.
  6. Store filling in airtight containers in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave 1-2 minutes or until heated through or serve cold. Store lettuce cups in a plastic sealed bag with a paper towel.


Substitution Tip: Use low sodium tamari instead of soy sauce for a gluten free version.

Cooking Tip: You can use riced cauliflower rather than ricing it yourself (step 1). You can find riced cauliflower in the freezer and produce sections of the grocery store (the 10-ounce bag).