Asian Beef Lettuce Cups with Carrot & Daikon Slaw

Just as satisfying as the Asian lettuce wraps on many restaurant menus, our clean version has far less salt and sugar. The vinegar-based quick-pickled slaw adds bright flavor and color.

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Gibson & Smith
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
5 min
45 min


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp plus 1/2 tsp raw honey, divided
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks (1⁄ cup)
  • 1 daikon radish, cut into matchsticks (1⁄cup) (TIP: If you can’t find daikon radish, regular radish works well here too.)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 10 oz lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/3 cups BPA-free canned unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 12 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced scallions


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, 1 tbsp honey and salt. Add carrot and radish; toss to coat. Cover and transfer to refrigerator to marinate until tender and chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium and brush with oil. Add beef and sauté until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Push beef to one side of skillet. To other side, add onion, garlic and ginger; sauté until onion softens, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add beans, soy sauce and remaining 1/2 tsp honey and stir all ingredients together; simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain liquid from slaw. Fill each lettuce leaf with 1/4 cup beef-bean mixture; top with slaw. Garnish with peanuts and scallions.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 lettuce leaves, 3/4 cup beef mixture, 1/2 cup slaw
  • Calories 277
  • Carbohydrate Content 20 g
  • Cholesterol Content 46 mg
  • Fat Content 11 g
  • Fiber Content 7 g
  • Protein Content 21 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 261 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g