Vegan Chickpea Basil Lettuce Wraps

No brown bag lunches.

One of my favorite parts about working from home, is that I can cook myself a fresh lunch, or prepare dinner so it is ready for later. 

I’m really grateful that I can take a midday break and whip up something fresh. But that doesn’t mean it’s a long drawn out process. In fact all I really have is about 20 minutes to cook, until I need to move along to the next thing. 

But that 20 minute break inspired this recipe, and along with a few simple ingredients, the best lunch I’ve created in a while. I will definitely be prepping the filling again for more lettuce wraps, or to top my salads.

One should never underestimate the power of a can of chickpeas, folks. With a couple fresh veggies and ten minutes to simmer in a slightly sweet sesame sauce, they become FAR from boring and are such a versatile staple to keep in your pantry.

These chickpea lettuce wraps are full of flavor, plant-based protein,  served on crisp butter lettuce wraps from Bowery Farming, and topped with almonds and fresh basil from Bowery as well. 

Eat Clean Greens, always!

Bowery is taking greens to a new level. They’re a modern farming company based in NY that grows product with ZERO pesticides, and use 95% less water than traditional farming practices (say WHAT??). 

Immediately I was interested in learning how this company has created such a sustainable way to farm. Because Bowery grows indoors in a controlled environments, and just 8 miles outside NYC, they are able to deliver the product year-round, within a day of harvest.  

There’s no denying our food industry is evolving, and Bowery is doing it right. They keeps the integrity of fresh, real food, while also using practices that help the environment and produce a healthier product. Their commitment to less wasteful organic farming practices is rad, and I couldn’t wait to try out their greens.

chickpea lettuce wraps

How did they taste?

Delicious! Crisp and refreshing. They also kept very well in the fridge – nothing wilted for a week! Which makes sense, given how quickly they are delivered post-harvest.  The colors were vibrant and the peppery arugula was a great addition to salads and with eggs in the morning. Th butter lettuce inspired this chickpea lettuce wraps recipe, and the basil tasted like summer was at its peak!

chickpea lettuce wraps

chickpea lettuce wraps

Vegan Chickpea Basil Lettuce Wraps

  • Prep Time: 5h
  • Cook Time: 15h
  • Total Time: 20h


  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Bowery Farming Basil, chopped
  • 1 10-12 Bowery Farming Butter Lettuce leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut nectar, or agave
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, soy sauce, or liquid aminos
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, crushed or sliced


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce (or liquid aminos/tamari), coconut nectar, hoisin sauce and vinegar, set aside. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook 4-5 minutes, until soft. Add chickpeas, and red bell pepper, allow to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the sauce and allow everything to simmer for 2-5 minutes. Serve filling inside lettuce leaves, and top with basil and almonds.

chickpea lettuce wraps

chickpea lettuce wraps

Be sure to follow Bowery Farming on Instagram to keep up with their innovative (and delicious) practices, and if you make this recipe, share it, tag #kaleinit and let me know what you think!! 


*** This post was sponsored by Bowery Farming, however all opinions are my own. **

chickpea lettuce wraps


1 Comment

  1. Ebony
    November 2, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Literally soooo excited about this recipe! I eat chick peas almost every day! My go to source of protein!
    Thanks for posting!

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