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Lettuce or Collard Wraps with Thai Basil, Tempeh, and Peanut Sauce


Peanut sauce

  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) gluten-free soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 in (1.25 cm) piece fresh gingerroot, grated
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) maple syrup or organic palm sugar, to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsweetened, plain peanut butter powder


  • 8 oz (225 g) pkg tempeh, cut into 1/4 x 2 in (1 x 5 cm) pieces
  • 1 bird’s eye chili pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup (250 mL) julienned cucumber
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) julienned (unpeeled) apple
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Thai or holy basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh mint leaves
  • 1 head lettuce or 1 bunch collard greens


  1. In medium pot, bring soy sauce, vinegar, water, sesame oil, ginger, and maple syrup to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour half into medium bowl and stir in peanut butter powder.
  2. Return pot with remaining marinade to stove and add tempeh pieces. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, turning tempeh frequently to braise evenly. Remove lid and cook until no liquid remains.
  3. To assemble, place small amounts of tempeh and fillings in lettuce or collard leaves. Tuck in sides of leaves and roll up to seal, or leave open like tacos. Serve with peanut sauce.