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Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps mix together Thai flavors with ground turkey, vegetables and quinoa to create a light and nutritious dinner wrapped into a crisp lettuce wrap.  

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Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

We are keeping things light and healthy around my house these days, especially now that we are approaching the heat of summer. After a long day of playing outside in the hot sun the last thing I want to do is eat a heavy meal. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are my answer to a light dinner or lunch, that the whole family can enjoy.

Do you remember these Mexican Turkey Lettuce Wraps that I shared a few weeks ago?

After I made those I got on a major lettuce wrap kick.  What I love is that they are so easy to put together, you leave out the extra carbs and you can play with so many different flavors.  Shortly after those Mexican Turkey Lettuce Wraps I decided to start recipe testing a Thai inspired version, since Thai flavors happen to be some of my favorite. I made these Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps a few times and really loved the addition of the quinoa. It is a small grain so it doesn’t overpower the turkey mixture, but still adds texture and gives you additional protein, fiber and iron.

Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps - dinner

These Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps make a perfect meal for my family because I can use the turkey mixture to feed to my two toddlers {hold the chili garlic sauce if your kids aren’t a fan of the heat}.  I give my kids the turkey mixture to eat and they gobble it up {they still aren’t fond to lettuce…I keep working on that one.}.  In one bite they are getting turkey, quinoa and vegetables which is great. When I have leftovers I make Mike a salad for work and give him the Thai turkey mixture on the side, which he adds to the salad when he is ready to eat it.  It makes for a nice light work salad.

Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps - healthy dinner

Save this recipe for those busy, hot summer nights when you need to put something quick on the table.  This dish comes together in under 30 minutes and makes great leftovers.

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I would love to hear your feedback.  What did you like? Did you change anything? Did the recipe turn out to your liking? Suggestions and comments are always welcome.

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Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch


Thai Turkey Quinoa Lettuce Wraps mix together Thai flavors with ground turkey and quinoa to create a light and nutritious dinner wrapped into a crisp piece of Bibb lettuce.



  • For quinoa:
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
  • 1 cup water
  • For Thai Turkey Mixture:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion, about 1/4 of a medium onion
  • 1 pepper {I used 1/2 a red and 1/2 a green}
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce, low sodium if possible
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce {I use Huy Fong, Chili Garlic Sauce}, more or less for spiciness
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped {plus extra for garnish}
  • 3 green onions, green part chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head of Bibb/Boston Lettuce, washed and seperated


  1. Chop the peppers and onion and set aside. Grate the ginger and set aside in a small bowl.
  2. Rinse quinoa and cook the quinoa according to the package. {For my quinoa a 1/2 cup of quinoa cooks in 1 cup of water and simmers for 13-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.}
  3. In a large pan heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Once hot add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the green peppers and garlic and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the ground turkey, fresh lime juice, ginger, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and continue cooking until the turkey is browned.
  5. Mix the quinoa in with the turkey mixture and add the fresh cilantro and green onions, Stir to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the Thai turkey mixture warm with crisp bibb lettuce and extra cilantro for garnish. In our house I set out the Bibb lettuce with the turkey mixture and any additional garnishes so people can make their own. .


This recipe makes 7 cups of the Thai Turkey Mixture. I use the serving size as a 1/2 cup. I usually can feed four people depending on how big of scoops they take of the turkey and how big the bibb lettuce leaves are.[br]The Thai turkey mixture makes a great meal for the kids to eat. You can cut back or eliminate the chili garlic sauce so there is no spice if your children do not like the added heat. [br]Variations: [br]Add chopped jalapeño when cooking the vegetables for extra spice[br]Add chopped peanuts as a garnish

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Des @ Life's Ambrosia

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

What a great healthy and hearty meal! Perfect for lunch or dinner!


Thursday 11th of June 2015

Thanks Des! It is a great lunch option too!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Great dish! Love that, like you said, you get some goodness in every bite! It's definitely on my list for the hot weather ahead!

Lydia @Suitcase Foodist

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

I am a huge fan of anything with a hint of spice. These look lovely and healthy and delicious.


Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Thanks Lydia!

Kate @ Diethood

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Lettuce wrap perfection!! I"m in love with all the flavors and textures! Crunch crunch! :-D


Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Thanks Kate. Lettuce wraps are the best.