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Nam Sod Lettuce Wraps (or Salad)

A simple healthy lettuce wraps (or salad) recipe with exotic thai appeal. Nam Sod is an easy meal that makes your dining room seem like an authentic thai restaurant!

Nam Sod Lettuce Wraps #healthy #thai

I could eat asian cuisine every day of the week and never get tired of it… and so could the kids.

Because of this, we are always experimenting with Asian-inspired recipes. If there is rice, noodles, or soy sauce involved, they are on board. Some of our favorites are Vietnamese Bun Cha Gio Bowls, Chinese Hot PotsThai Fried Rice, and Pad Kee Mao.

Lt. Dan sometimes gets irritated with our constant craving, but he usually comes around when he smells the aroma and sizzling garlic and soy sauce.

Nam Sod Salad #healthy #thai

Today’s recipe is another Thai classic that I, in particular, love because it is light, fresh, and so quick to pull together.

Simply brown ground pork (or chicken) with fresh garlic and ginger. Then season the pork with soy, fish sauce, lime juice and mint, and let the flavors absorb into the pork.

Once the nam sod is ready, pile it on top of of a salad or make lettuce wraps! Nam Sod lettuce wraps are a fun interactive meal that the kids love to assemble.

I spoon the nam sod onto the lettuce leaves and they pile on their favorite veggies.

Easy Nam Sod Lettuce Wraps #healthy #thai

Nam sod also makes a great second-day meal.

I warm up the pork and pile all the leftover veggies in a big bowl. On the second day, sometimes I add a little salad dressing (in case the pork is a little dry after re-warming.)

It’s really good with my Garlic Lime Vinaigrette.

Easy Nam Sod Salad #healthy #thai

Of course, feel free to omit the peanuts or substitute your favorite veggies. But whatever you do, make sure to add the fish sauce and lime for that authentic thai flavor.

Nam Sod Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


  • 1 tsp. peanut oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork or chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tb. fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tb. fish sauce
  • 2 Tb. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup chopped green onions (scallions)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper *optional


  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, ground pork, garlic and ginger. Brown for 5 minutes, breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Then add the mint, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice and crushed red pepper. Stir and cook another 3 minutes until the liquid absorbs.
  2. For lettuce wraps: Place s spoonful of the nam sod meat filling in lettuce leaves, then top with veggies and peanuts.
  3. For the salad: Arrange the lettuce leaves in 4 serving bowls, then divide the nam sod between the bowls and top with veggies and peanuts.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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14 Responses to “Nam Sod Lettuce Wraps (or Salad)”

  1. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted August 6, 2014 at 5:13 am

    I love Nam Sod! Thai is one of my favorites – I just love the balance of spicy, sweet, salty and sour.


  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted August 6, 2014 at 5:18 am

    We could eat Asian every day too! Love this Thai dish!!


  3. dcposted August 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Perfect day for this! I’m starting weight watchers and this fits right in with the simple start plan! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Tieghanposted August 6, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Hug fan of Thai food over here. These sound awesome!


  5. Jenny Flakeposted August 6, 2014 at 6:46 am

    How delicious!! Great dinner idea!!


  6. Naomiposted August 6, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Perfect summer bites- so fresh and so light!


  7. marlaposted August 6, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Totally my kind of salad!!


  8. Heather Christoposted August 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

    oh these look like the perfect answer for dinner tonight!!


  9. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted August 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    This looks great! What a good dinner idea!


  10. Jennaposted August 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    mmmm…these look so vibrant. I’m just learning my way around Thai inspired foods and it’s such a delicious adventure every time!


  11. Janeposted August 7, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I have a had a version of this before. it is very tasty and healthy. Love it!


  12. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted August 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’m a huge fan of lettuce wraps – but I never make them at home! Seriously, what is wrong with me? I’ve got to try your whole list up there, and definitely the buns, too!


  13. Gabyposted August 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Totally craving these right now!


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