These vegan lettuce wraps with quinoa and black beans come together in only 20 minutes and make a perfect healthy vegan meal! They're great as an appetizer for a vegan dinner night or simply as a light snack or lunch. Plus, you can prepare all the ingredients for the filling in advance so you only have to assemble the lettuce wraps.
Other Simple & Healthy Vegan Recipes You Might Like
- Creamy Vegan Chickpea Tahini Pasta
- Vegan Citrus Quinoa Salad
- Quinoa and Black Bean Buddha Bowl
- Tofu and Black Bean Chili
What You Need For These Quinoa & Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
To make these delicious lettuce wraps, you will need:
- lettuce leaves
- black beans
- red onion
- tomato paste and canned tomatoes
- fresh tomatoes, lime juice and spring onion for the homemade tomato salsa
- lemon juice
- maple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice
Which Lettuce Is Best For Vegan Making Lettuce Wraps?
Romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and butterhead lettuce are all great to make lettuce wraps. While butterhead lettuce is a lot softer, iceberg lettuce will give you some extra crunch.
If you like, you could also use soft tacos or crunchy taco shells instead of lettuce.
How To Make These Quinoa & Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
First, we will prepare all the different fillings for the lettuce wraps. So start by cooking some quinoa in vegetable broth (this adds a lot of flavor to the quinoa!).
Prepare the black beans by sauteing some red onion and garlic in a pan, then add tomato paste, paprika powder and ground cumin. Finally, add the cooked black beans and canned tomatoes.
To prepare the tomato salsa, finely chop the tomatoes and spring onion, and combine with lime juice, salt and pepper.
Next, make the tahini sauce by mixing together tahini, maple syrup and lemon juice.
Now you can start assembling the lettuce wraps. Start with some quinoa and black beans, then top it off with salsa and tahini sauce.
How To Store Vegan Lettuce Wraps
If you want to prepare these vegan lettuce wraps, I would recommend prepping all the different fillings (quinoa, black beans, salsa, sauce) in advance and storing them in separate containers. This way the ingredients will keep fresh. When you want to eat the lettuce wraps, you can just reheat the beans, wash the lettuce and assemble.
More Ideas To Fill Your Vegan Lettuce Wraps With
I love lettuce wraps because you can really get creative with your fillings! Here are some ideas of what you could add instead of quinoa and black beans:
- baked tofu in tahini marinade
- crispy oven roasted chickpeas
- cauliflower wings
- homemade seitan
- fruity pineapple & sweet corn salsa
- peanut butter dressing
Vegan Lettuce Wraps with Black Beans & Quinoa
- lettuce leaves
- ½ cup quinoa ~90g
- salt and pepper
for the black beans
- 1 cup black beans ~180g
- 1 red onion, small
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- ¼ cup canned tomatoes, pureed or crushed
for the tomato salsa
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 lime juice
- 1 spring onion
for the tahini sauce
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp maple syrup or another liquid sweetener
- ½ lemon juice
- Begin by cooking the quinoa in some vegetable broth for ~15 minutes until fluffy.
- Wash the lettuce leaves and let dry while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
For the black beans
- Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. Saute in a pan for a few minutes, then add the spices and tomato puree. Add water if necessary to prevent burning.
- Add the canned tomatoes and black beans and let simmer for 5 minutes, adding a little bit of water if the sauce is too thick.
For the tomato salsa
- Finely chop the tomatoes and spring onion. Add to a bowl together with the lime juice.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
For the tahini sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well. Add water a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. It should be slightly runny but not too watery. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble the vegan lettuce wraps
- Take one lettuce leaf and add a quarter of the black bean mixture.
- Next, add some quinoa and tomato salsa.
- To finish, drizzle some tahini sauce on top and enjoy.