Lettuce Wraps Spicy or Not

Easy // 25 mins // 2 Quarts Filling

While hearty and filling, lettuce wraps are an appealing meal for our cross country summer heat wave.  Add the spice right in, or serve more on the side depending on the taste buds of your tribe. 

  • 2 1/2 Quarts Harvest Veggies, diced (I used yam, eggplant, zucchini & onion)
  • 16 Oz Jar Favorite Salsa
  • 16 Oz Water (rinse out jar)
  • (Opt) 2 Harvest Broth Cubes
  • 2 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • (Opt) 1/2 Grapefruit or Orange, juice & zest
  • (1 1/2) Tbs Sesame or Hemp Seeds
  • (Opt) 1 Tsp to Tbs Favorite Hot Sauce
  • 1 Pound Favorite Protein (animal, vegan, vegetarian as you wish)
  • Flash Pickled Onion Garnish
  • 1 Onion, 1/4 moon slices
  • 1/3 Cup Citrus Juice (I used grapefruit & orange)
  • 1 Tsp Salt

This is a quick one pot wonder & everything cooks at once.  If you’re starting w/ raw meats, brown them in advance.  If using cooked meats, dice and add at the end just to heat through.  Dice all your veggies rather small, they make better lettuce wraps that way. 

Combine all the veggie in a large deep skillet or wok.  Add the salsa, water, broth cubes & soy sauce.  Place over high heat, cover the pan & cook for about 8 mins.  Stir occasionally.  Make the garnish by combining all the ingredients in a jar.  Shake.  The pickles are ready in half an hour.  Keep leftovers in the fridge for 2+ weeks. 

When well boiling, remove cover & continue to cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is reduced and absorbed.  Taste, adjust seasoning and stir in hot sauce if using.  Stir in protein, optional citrus juice & heat through.  Add seeds if using.  Serve as shown w/ pickled onion garnish if desired.

Use mild, medium or hot salsa as you wish.  If you want to serve the heat on the side, put out several good hot sauces like Sriracha, Thai chili paste, chili flakes, etc.  Or make a hot sauce rouille w/ yogurt or mayo or a combo of both.  Coconut yogurt & Sriracha is a Winner!  I used vegan chicken in my version. 


This filling tastes great hot, warm or chilled.  It also is a wonderful topping for nachos, superb w/ tortillas or flat bread.  Try is Middle East style w/ cucumbers, tomatoes, mint & parsley.  The combination of salsa and soy sauce gives it an international fusion flavor that goes with many accoutrements.