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