Spicy Vegan Cashew Lettuce Wraps

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Things really heat up in August and this easy vegan recipe will be the spice of your end-of-summer/back-to-school gathering. Deliciously nutritious, these lettuce wraps bring together three plant-based proteins: brown rice, spiced tofu, and cashews. The brown rice and cashew add a sweet contrast to the spiced tofu. Though optional, having a tableside bowl of tahini, cashew cream or a cilantro-lime dressing adds a nice mild complement to the wraps.


  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 package organic tofu (firm or extra firm is best)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew halves
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (sriracha)**
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 small heads lettuce (or 1 large)
  • Tahini, cashew cream, or cilantro lime cream dressing (not vinaigrette), to serve (optional)

**If you’d like a milder variety, hold the sriracha for a table condiment that each person can add to their wrap according to their liking.


  1. Cook the brown rice, according to the package instructions. When it’s done, season the rice with some kosher salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Drain the tofu by wrapping it in a paper towel, placing it on a plate, and covering it with a heavy object for 5 minutes or more.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the tofu and break into very small pieces with a spatula. Sauté for about 15 minutes, until brown.
  4. Add the frozen corn and stir for a few minutes until most of the liquid has cooked out of the tofu.
  5. Add the chili powder and cashew halves, stir to combine. Add the soy sauce and hot sauce and stir until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
  6. Meanwhile, peel and grate the carrots. Wash and dry the lettuce leaves.
  7. To serve, place rice, tofu cashew mixture, and grated carrots within a lettuce leaf, and roll up the leaf.

Recipe Adapted From: A Couple Cooks. “Spicy Vegan Lettuce Wraps.” https://www.acouplecooks.com/spicy-cashewlettuce-wraps

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