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Southwestern Lettuce Wraps (and a Crisp giveaway!)

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps -- Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

When I first moved to Boston after college, it was to attend graduate school at Emerson College. After I took a little tour around campus, I came up with a serious plan. I would be getting lettuce wraps from P.F. Changs and ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery every single night after class. Grad school was going to be ah-mazing.

Guess how many times I ended up getting lettuce wraps from P.F. Changs and ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery after class in the 2.5 years I was at Emerson? ZERO. Considering I got out of class at 10:00 p.m. and had a 20 minute T ride home so I could go to bed and go to my full-time job in the morning, all I wanted to do after class was get my butt home. Plus, being a broke grad student and all, I didn’t exactly have a ton of money to be throwing around every night. Even if it was just on lettuce wraps and ice cream. Also, my mom would have a panic attack if she knew I was out wandering around Boston past 10:00 p.m. by myself.

These days, I’m making a lot of my own homemade ice cream and can’t remember the last time I went to Cold Stone! And I’m making lettuce wraps, too. I was tasked to make a healthy salad with some of my Crisp Cooking tools and I took on the challenge by building a different kind of salad… One packed with ground chicken, kale, corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and a dressing with a little kick.

I used my new Crisp Serrated Peeler, Salad Tongs, and Lettuce Knife to put this meal together. And at the end of this post, you’ll have the chance to win all three of these tools!

Crisp Cooking Tools | wearenotmartha.com

Aren’t they pretty? I’m in love with the colors of Crisp’s kitchen tools and almost don’t even want to keep them shut away in a drawer!

Crisp Cooking Tools | wearenotmartha.com

The ingredients are simple and all pretty perfect for keeping your healthy eating resolutions on track.

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps Ingredients | wearenotmartha.com

I started by cutting the lettuce… With the Crisp Lettuce Knife. I’ve actually never even heard of a lettuce knife before and was surprised to see that it was a big plastic-like knife. I did a little research and allegedly, cutting lettuce with a lettuce knife helps keep the lettuce from browning around the edges. So good to know!

I’ve heard lettuce knives are really good for cutting cheesecake, too. Just saying….

I chopped off the end of my romaine lettuce head with the knife.

Lettuce | wearenotmartha.com

And peeled away each of the leaves.

Bib Boston Lettuce | wearenotmartha.com

Something else I’ve never done before it peel tomatoes. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever even used a serrated peeler. I wasn’t quite sure how it would work, but the Crisp Serrated Peeler peeled the tomato skin off with no problem at all!

Crisp Cooking Peeler| wearenotmartha.com

It was actually kind of therapeutic. Once the tomatoes were peeled, I chopped them.

Crisp Cooking Knife| wearenotmartha.com

In a medium pan over medium heat, I sautéed the minced garlic in about 1 T of olive oil for about 1 minute. Then I added in the 1 lb. ground chicken and cooked until it was no longer pink. In went the 1/2 T chili powder, corn, and black beans, and tomatoes and I cooked until warmed through.


Roughly chop the kale and diced the avocado, too.

Crisp Cooking Tools and Veggies | wearenotmartha.com

I whipped up a quick dressing, which was literally 2 T freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 t extra virgin olive oil, and 1/2 T chili powder.

Put the ground chicken mixture in a big bowl, mix in the kale and avocado, and pour the dressing over the top.

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps --Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

My Crisp Salad Tongs were perfect for distributing the “salad” onto the lettuce.

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps --Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

I fully loaded the lettuce up with lots of the glorious chicken mixture.

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps --Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

And ate about 10 of them. And enjoyed every single bite.

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps --Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

I don’t think it’s customary to put greens into the filling of a lettuce wrap. But I rarely eat iceberg or romaine lettuce anymore and wanted to get some healthy greens in there with the kale. This also makes it a lot more acceptable to eat this as a salad without the lettuce wrap part if you want! And trust me, I did.

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps --Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

I love when healthy meals are packed with flavor and don’t leave you wanting an entire fried chicken or 14 bowls of ice cream after eating them. You know that feeling, right??

Southwestern Lettuce Wraps --Ground turkey, avocado, kale, black beans, and corn make for a healthy lettuce wrap | wearenotmartha.com

And now you can win the three Crisp Cooking tools I used in this recipe to create your own healthy salads! To enter to win the Lettuce Knife, Serrated Peeler, and Salad Tongs, simply comment on this post telling me:

What’s your favorite salad ingredient? 

Mine is a toss-up between kale and avocado! Comment by Saturday, January 31, by 11:59 p.m. EST for a chance to win!

While we’re at it, I’m going to announce the winner of my last Crisp giveaway… Congratulations to Annie who said, “I really love that you added a good dose of kale in there!! How clever! I think my husband would just die if I had another kitchen tool, but these look so darn handy!”

Apologies to your husband…. I will email you ASAP! 🙂

5 from 1 vote
Southwestern Lettuce Wraps
Packed with flavor, this fresh and satisfying meal won't throw your healthy eating resolutions off track.
Course: Entree or Appetizer
Servings: 12 lettuce wraps
Author: We are not Martha
  • 1 head romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 T olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 1/2 C corn kernels thawed if using frozen
  • 1 1/2 C black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 T chili powder divided
  • 3 C kale ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled, pit removed, and diced
  • 2 T freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 t extra virgin olive oil
  1. Trim off the stem of the lettuce head and break off 12 individual leaves.
  2. In a medium pan over medium heat, add in the olive or canola oil and sauté minced garlic for about 1 minute.
  3. Add in the ground chicken and cook until it's no longer pink.
  4. Add in 1/2 T chili powder, corn, black beans, and tomatoes and cook until warmed through.
  5. Put mixture in bowl and stir in the kale and diced avocado.
  6. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, and the remaining 1/2 T chili powder. Pour over chicken mixture.
  7. Spoon chicken mixture into lettuce leaves.


Full Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Crisp, but as usual, all opinions are 100% my own!

35 Responses to "Southwestern Lettuce Wraps (and a Crisp giveaway!)"

  1. lately i’m really liking truffle almonds but generally probably chickpeas!

  2. Lu says:

    I’m really into kale right now, so delish and versatile!

  3. Andrea says:

    I love to add apples and/or nuts to my salads, something crunchy!

  4. Erin W says:

    Love adding a soft cheese with a type of nut to my salads!

  5. Megan says:

    It’s so hard to choose, but I think I would have to go with avocado……or maybe bacon?

  6. Erica says:

    I’m roasted Chickapees lately and adding them for the flavor and crunchiness!!

  7. Daisy says:

    avocado all the way! these tools look fantastic. I had no idea about the lettuce knife to avoid browning on the edges. I so need this!!

  8. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Cucumbers are my favorite. Love having chick peas also!

  9. LauraHelen says:

    I love thawed frozen peas on a salad!!

  10. Sarah L says:

    I love avocado on salads.

  11. Susan Broughton says:

    My favorite salad ingredient is some kind of fruit like apple, or mandarin oranges. It makes the salad special!

  12. Betty says:

    I LOVE avocado on most salads, but I also love pecans. Depends on the salad, I guess. Those wraps look amazing! 🙂

  13. Anie U says:

    I love pistachios in my salads!

  14. Shannon says:

    My favorite is avocado.

  15. Joan Kirk says:

    Love roasted red peppers and avocado on salads. On a no carb diet. Love the salad wrap idea, and I’ve never had kale. Got to try!

  16. That knife looks amazing! All of the knives I own are blunt 🙁

  17. Itzia says:

    I love adding avocado to my salads.

  18. Bill says:

    Avocado for texture and flavor

  19. Diane says:

    my favorite salad ingredient would be kale, as I have been making kale, roasted beet, almonds, dried cranberries and red onion salads – loving it!

  20. Rebecca C says:

    Cranberries or candied nuts

  21. Beverley S says:

    I love cranberries and goat cheese on my salads…although I forget what a great texture corn adds!

  22. Joyce says:

    A perfect salad for me must have nuts, fruit and cheese. I do love cranberries and pistachios in a salad (or in a cookie!)

  23. Mia says:

    Either avocado or goat cheese! Now I want a salad!

  24. Susan says:

    I’m sure you were better off in the long run not doing P.F. Chang and Cold Stone every night 🙂 Love your Southwestern lettuce wraps and count me in for avocado as my favorite salad ‘extra’!

  25. Eric says:

    We really enjoy cucumber at our house! Thanks

  26. Melissa L. says:

    Mine isn’t healthy, but I love the added flavor bacon on my salads. I just try not to overdo it so it’s somewhat healthy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Marcie says:

    Roasted corn and roasted red peppers!

  28. lettuce wraps are the bomb! Love the southwestern flare you have going on with these. MUST WIN THE GIVEAWAY:)))

  29. ummm, this looks AMAZING. love the idea of kale in a lettuce wrap…!! my favorite salad ingredient would have to be….cucumbers! or bell peppers! no wait, tomatoes, but only in the summer when they are fresh & perfect 🙂

  30. Joanne says:

    I have to admit, I did go to Coldstone a lot when I lived in Boston (uhhh that might explain the freshman 15++)…but it definitely is not as delicious as I remember it, so good job on not spending all your money on it. And I’m sure your version of PF Changs lettuce wraps are WAY better than theirs are!

  31. Noel says:

    Roast chickpeas for crunch!

  32. Brittany Koelmel says:

    I LOVE hearts of palm

  33. katelin says:

    I love adding dried cranberries to my salad, such a fun addition. Also all of these tools look like so much fun, love it.

  34. Linda S. says:

    I like adding pear to curly endive.

  35. Amanda Whitley says:

    i love spinach in my salad.

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