Vietnamese Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps


Our lettuce varieties can be used in cuisines from around the world. Both nutritious and delicious, Pete’s Living Greens Red Butter Lettuce serves as a crisp, refreshing wrap to our latest Vietnamese inspired dish. Fusing elements of traditional spring rolls and trendy lettuce wraps, Vietnamese Flank Steak Wraps makes an excellent dish for your next get together. 

Before you get started, familiarize yourself with the eclectic tastes and smells of Vietnamese Food. 

Foodie Facts about Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese cuisine includes an array of noodles from Pho (there are more than 20 uses for this type!), vermicelli, egg, grass noodle to rice (as used in our recipe).

Spring roll is the most popular dish in Vietnam. Though, Vietnam Online reports, “they are barely seen in everyday meal – mostly in a family gathering or anniversary dinner.”

As many as 70 different kinds of herbs appear in dishes, which are viewed as a vital part of the meal. Popular herbs include coriander, perilla, mint, and several variations of basil. David Tanis of Bon Appétit  likens them to, “seriously curated Vietnamese mesclun, meant to be added to every bowl of soup or wrapped roll, nibbled at random for the sheer clean pleasure of it.”

Chúc ngon miệng

(Bon Appétit! )

Vietnamese Flank Steak Wraps with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Marinade for Flank Steak
  1. ¼ cup vegetable oil
  2. ⅓ cup soy sauce
  3. ¼ cup dry sherry
  4. 2 tablespoons catsup
  5. 1½ tablespoons fresh ginger, finely minced
  6. 1 tablespoon black bean garlic sauce (available in the Asian section of most grocery stores)
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  8. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  10. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  11. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  12. 1 pound flank steak, cut into ½-inch strips
  13. 1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil, reserve to sauté steak
  1. 4 ounces dry thin rice noodles, cooked per package instructions
  2. ½ cup peanuts, chopped
  3. 1 cup English cucumber, chopped
  4. 1 cup bean sprouts
  5. 1 red bell pepper, cut into narrow strips
  6. 3 heads Pete's Living Greens Red Butter Lettuce, separated into
  7. individual leaves
  8. 1 cup of Thai basil leaves (optional)
Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
  1. ⅓ cup peanut butter
  2. 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  3. 1 small clove garlic, minced
  4. ¼ cup warm water
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  6. ½ tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  7. 1 teaspoon sugar
  8. ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Combine marinade ingredients and mix well. Add beef and place in a large plastic bag or non-metallic container and marinate overnight.
  2. Prepare wrap ingredients and refrigerate.
  3. Blend all ingredients for Spicy Peanut Dip and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. To prepare flank steak, heat oil in a medium frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  5. Add steak strips and cook for about 5 minutes for rare, 7 to 8 minutes for medium rare.
  6. To serve, place lettuce and other ingredients in individual bowls or arrange on large platter.
  7. Serve with Spicy Peanut Dip.
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15 Butter Lettuce Recipes

Grilled Butter Lettuce with Buttermilk Chive Dressing
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Live Gourmet offers three variations of lettuce for you and your family. First, there is our living butter lettuce. Its mild to sweet flavor is perfect for your wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Next, we offer our living red butter lettuce, which is on the sweeter side and contains beautiful reddish leaves. We also offer our living 3 in 1 lettuce. Our 3 In 1 lettuce has three different types of Live Gourmet lettuce: lollo rossa, lollo bionda, and red oak lettuce. All of our lettuces are sold with the roots intact to provide you with the freshest produce possible.

The Huffington Post gathered several butter lettuce recipes (15 to be exact) for you to try. Some are salads, others are wraps – one recipe is even a butter lettuce soup! We encourage you to try these recipes with our Live Gourmet living lettuces for the much needed crispiness and freshness our products provide.

Remember, our leafy greens are grown in greenhouses, which protects them from outside elements and are much cleaner than field-grown crops. Through this process, we provide you and your family with the freshest greens possible.

To view the slideshow of Huffingfton’s butter lettuce recipes, click here:

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Red Butter Lettuce and Spicy Cayenne Salad

Red Butter Lettuce and Spicy Cayenne Salad
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Today’s salad sets itself apart from the crowd with a spicy kick that you just won’t find in other salads. It features cilantro, bell peppers, and just a dash of cayenne pepper. With tomatoes, carrots, and delicious Red Butter Lettuce, it looks as hot and fiery as it tastes. The dish comes to us from Katie of Shared Bites. You can read the story of how Katie was inspired to create the salad right here.

For a list of what you’ll need to whip up a bowl of this for yourself, look no further than this:


  • 1 large head of Live Gourmet Living Red Butter Lettuce
  • 2 big carrots, shredded
  • 1 large tomato (or 3-4 little guys), diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 whole avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped (I used 1 heaping cup of leaves loosely packed, or about 1/2 a bunch)


  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoning salt

For the full story and the complete preparation instructions, click right here:

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Red Butter Lettuce, Asparagus and Pistachio Salad

Red Butter Lettuce Salad
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Red Butter Lettuce tastes just as good as green butter lettuce and adds flair to any salad. Today’s recipe gave us the option of using green or red butter lettuce, so of course, we went with red.

The unorthodox combination of pistachios and asparagus in this salad is sure to win over your tastebuds. A garlic-mustard dressing adds a bit of zing to the asparagus. The buttery flavor of Living Red Butter Lettuce holds everything together, making this easy-to-make salad an instant classic.

So, ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 head of Live Gourmet Living Red Butter Lettuce
  • 1 cup of sliced asparagus
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, diced
  • 1/2 tsp finely shredded lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, de-shelled
  • 6 oz perlini mozzarella balls

Click here to visit the original recipe page for more information.

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Red Butter Lettuce, Asian Pear, and Mint Salad

Red Butter Lettuce, Asian Pear, and Mint Salad
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Red Butter Lettuce adds a fun color and a great taste to any salad. It’s also rich in the vitamins and minerals that you and your kids need to stay healthy and happy. It can often be hard to get kids to eat healthy. So today we bring you a sweet and minty salad that may just do the trick. Full of yummy pears and tastebud tingling mint, this salad, from master chef Martha Stewart, is sure to delight.

In addition to making a great salad, today’s recipe includes a fantastic champagne dressing which can be used with many other salads as well. You’ll also have the option of making some delicious parsley toasts to go along with the salad. As with the dressing, this recipe is very versatile and can be combined with lots of others to great effect.

Here’s what you’ll need to start things off:

Red Butter Lettuce Grown by Live Gourmet
Live Gourmet Living Red Butter Lettuce
  • 2 heads Live Gourmet Red Butter lettuce, torn into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Asian pear, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Parsley Toasts (optional)

  • 1 baguette (about 14 inches long), cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

For complete preparation instructions, click on these links: Salad, Dressing, Parsley Toasts.

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3 in 1 Lettuce with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

Red Butter Lettuce with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette
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Today’s tasty salad is sure to have you seeing red, in a good way, as well as few shades of green. This salad calls for Red Oak as well as green lettuce leaves and with our special 3 in 1 lettuce blend, you can get both (and more!) out of a single squircle container.

Live Gourmet’s special Living 3 in 1 Lettuce blend includes Red Oak Leaf, Lollo Bionda, and Lollo Rossa. Today’s recipe adds to this scallions, radishes, and a tasty cucumber vinaigrette.

Here’s the full list of ingredients needed to make 4 servings:


  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Red Butter Lettuce with Balsamic Onions

Red Butter Lettuce Grown by Live GourmetYou already know that you’ve got to eat your greens, but are you getting enough red in your diet too? Red butter lettuce is rich in iron that your body needs and also has plenty of vitamins A and C. Red butter lettuce goes great with onions as well, which brings us to today’s recipe. In this dish the red butter lettuce forms the foundation upon which we add delicious balsamic onion bits and a mustard vinaigrette. While it does require a tiny bit of baking, you can rest assured that this is still a fast and easy recipe, which can be prepared in about half an hour.

Here’s a list a what you’ll need to get started (serves 6):

  • 2 heads red butter lettuce, washed, spun dry, and torn into pieces
  • 3 small red onions
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons minced shallots (2 large)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup good red wine vinegar

For the complete cooking instructions, go to the Food Network Barefoot Contessa recipe page.

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Lettuce be Spooky

Decomposed Salad
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If you’re looking to put together a Halloween feast “lettuce” suggest this “Decomposed Salad” from Martha Stewart. Don’t worry, it’s not really decomposing and it won’t make you sick. It will however impress your guests and delight their taste buds even while it grosses out their eyes. Normally we wouldn’t recommend a recipe that looked icky, but we’re told that’s the point when it comes to Halloween themed edibles. Plus, like we said, it tastes great!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 head Live Gourmet Living Red Butter Lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 butternut squash, (1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (Try California Olive Ranch brand)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus a pinch
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 six-ounce head red or white endive, leaves separated

For the complete instructions, just head on over to this recipe page:

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Butter Lettuce and Strawberry Salad

Butter Lettuce and Strawberry Salad
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If you know much about food then you probably know that sweet and tart flavors often create a very delicious juxtaposition. It’s for this reason that this Butter Lettuce and strawberry salad tastes so fantastic. Tart vinegar and sweet strawberries sit atop a bed of butter lettuce and delicious feta cheese. And not only is this recipe a snap to make, it’s also quite healthy.

Here’s what you’ll need: Live Gourmet Red Butter Lettuce

  • 1 cup butter lettuce, torn
  • *Our special addition: 1/2 cup red butter lettuce, torn 
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Feta cheese, crumbled (Lots of people like Nikos brand)
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

You can get the full instructions as well as detailed nutrition info at:

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Living Red Butter Lettuce 101 with Dani Spies

Over the past couple weeks we’ve given you the low-down on almost all of the delicious veggies that we grow here at Live Gourmet. Now it is time to discuss our Living Red Butter Lettuce. Despite what you might think, this stuff isn’t exactly the same as our regular lettuce. You can expect slightly different texture and flavor from this variety. Also it’s red (although you probably guessed that much yourself). If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet, let this blog post be your excuse!

Now here’s Dani Spies to explain more about the finer points of our Living Red Butter Lettuce:

You can check out all the Live Gourmet 101 videos again right here! And you can learn more about Dani Spies on her website Clean&Delicious with Dani Spies.

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