Vietnamese-Style Lettuce Cups

15 Aug

I picked a few lettuce leaves from our garden. Not enough for a salad unfortunately, so I decided to do some lettuce cups. These were good. Too bad I forgot the radishes!!!…..


Vietnamese-Style Lettuce Cups
adapted from menumusings


2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 Tbsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 shallot, finely chopped
zest of 2 limes
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 head of Butter or Bibb lettuce leaves
2-3 radishes, washed and sliced super thin
Fresh cilantro
Fresh lime wedges

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced


1. Prep –
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno pepper.

2. Cook –
In a large wok (or large skillet), heat the oil over fairly high heat.
Add the garlic mixture and stir-fry about a minute.
Add the turkey, carrots, and shallots; and cook, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes until the turkey begins to brown and is no longer pink.
To the meat mixture, add the lime zest, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and sesame oil and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Make the dipping sauce –
Just combine all the dip ingredients.

4. Serve!
Spoon the meat mixture into lettuce cups. Top with thinly sliced radishes and fresh cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the top. Give everyone a little bowl of dipping sauce, or have one communal bowl!


One Response to “Vietnamese-Style Lettuce Cups”

  1. Liz Mackie August 16, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great weekend! 

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