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Hemp-Crusted Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Green Papaya

These delicious, hearty vegan lettuce wraps star roasted tofu, tangy papaya salad and crunchy cashews.


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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar or light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 1/4 cup palm sugar or light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (made with no anchovies)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/4 cup Thai basil leaves or shredded basil

  • 1/4 cup torn mint leaves

  • 12 butter lettuce leaves or red leaf lettuce leaves


  1. Make the Tofu: Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, toss the tofu with the olive oil, soy sauce and the black and white peppers and spread on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the hemp seeds and nutritional yeast and bake for about 30 minutes, until the tofu is sizzling and lightly browned in spots.
  2. Make the Cashews: Lower the oven temperature to 350°. In a small bowl, toss the cashews with the olive oil, sugar, lime juice, lime zest, coriander, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Spread the nuts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, until golden. Let cool, then coarsely chop the nuts.
  3. Make the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the garlic, shallot, sugar, lime juice, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Add the papaya, tomatoes, basil and mint. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and serve with the tofu, green papaya salad and cashews.

Make Ahead

The cashews can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Suggested Pairing

Crisp, zingy Grüner Veltliner is a terrific foil for the dense texture of tofu—and it’s fantastic with lively salads.

Contributed By Published March 2012

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