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These Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles and Cucumber Relish are a fun, festive and healthful summertime dinner for two.


2-3 people

Total time

60 minutes






  • dipping SAUCE
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • filling
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small Onion (Finely chopped)
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons Chili garlic sauce (or to taste )
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • cucumber RELISH
  • 1 english (hothouse) cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 scallions, white and light green part only (chopped)
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • lettuce AND TOPPINGS
  • 6 large leaves Boston lettuce
  • 1 sprig fresh basil (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 ounce rice noodles (prepared per package instructions and drained well)
  • ½ cup Peanuts (coarsely chopped )
  • lime wedges


  1. SAUCE:  Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Divide into small bowls for each diner.
  2. FILLING:  Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Cook onion and ginger 4-5 minutes or until softened.  Add garlic and beef.  Cook 4-5 minutes or until beef is browned and no longer pink, crumbling the beef into small pieces as you go.  Drain well.  Stir in remaining filling ingredients.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally or until almost evaporated.
  3. RELISH:  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  4. TO ASSEMBLE:  Spoon meat mixture onto lettuce leaves, top with basil, carrots, rice noodles, peanuts and lime wedges as desired.  Roll up and serve with dipping sauce.

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