Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce


Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce

Vegan wraps filled with lentils and bulgur, red pepper spread, hummus and cabbage. A spicy tahini dipping sauce elevates these wraps to fabulous.

Spicy Lentil Wraps Ingredients

“Have to keep up with the times, said Adam. I predict there’ll come a time when you can’t find a horse, Mr. Trask. Maybe so.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck


I’ve made these Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce for road and train trips, shared them with unsuspecting carnivores and served them for an executive board meeting luncheon. Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce are a wonderful make ahead dinner. Leftovers are the perfect grab and go lunch. These vegan wraps always get stellar reviews. I heard that “wraps” were out of style. Which immediately prompted me to share my favorite wrap recipe. Keeping up with food trends can be exhausting and downright silly. I’m here to share food that’s vibrant with flavor and worth the investment in time and effort to make.


There are several components to the Food 52 recipe for Spicy Vegan Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce. Don’t let all these pieces to the recipe discourage your wrap making. The sauce and spreads can be made ahead of time. While the lentil and bulgur filling cooks, gather together all the components and get ready to roll the Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce. The original recipe can be found on Food 52. Below are the tips and hints for how I make the Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce.

Making Red Pepper Spread

Red Pepper Spread: I take a short cut to make the Red Pepper Spread using roasted peppers from a jar. The recipe is below. It makes a large batch of Red Pepper Spread, more than will used for one batch of wraps. This is a wonderful condiment to have waiting in the refrigerator. With a pop of bold, sassy flavor that is fat free, use the rest on sandwiches, eggs, salads, or stirred into any tomato based sauce.

Spicy Lentil Wrap Components

Lentils and Bulgur Filling: The filling should be a little on the soft side. It needs to hold together for shaping and staying inside the wrap. I’ve tried both red and brown lentils, neither take 20 minutes to cook. Start testing the lentils after 8 minutes of simmering. The lentils should be soft, but not mushy when the bulgur is added to the pan.

Hummus: While hummus is not part of the original recipe, I suggest spreading it on half on the wrap, with the Red Pepper Spread on the other half. It makes it easy to seal up the wrap and adds another layer of flavor. I’m partial to the recipe from Jerusalem to make my own hummus, but store-bought works just fine.

Tahini Sauce: The tahini sauce just takes a few minutes to stir together and elevates the wrap to fabulous. A friend (who shall remain nameless) finished all the tahini sauce—after the wraps were gone.

Red Pepper Spread
2-12 oz jars roasted red peppers in water, drained
1t smoked paprika
1/2-1t red pepper flakes, depending on the preferred level of spicy
1/4t fine grain sea salt
1t balsamic vinegar
  1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, blitz the drained red peppers until they are smooth and lump free.
  2. In a small saucepan add the red pepper puree, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to a low, quiet simmer. Stir occasionally. Cook until the spread mounds on a spoon and is reduced in volume by half, about one hour. As the moisture evaporates and the spread reduces in volume, stir more often and reduce the heat to keep a low, quiet simmer. When ready, remove from heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar.

Rolling Spicy Lentil Wraps

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26 Responses to Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce

  1. Love lentils — such deep flavor, almost meaty. I often use them in soup or as a side, but haven’t used them as a wrap filling. Terrific idea! Excellent dish — thanks.

  2. Carol Sacks says:

    Wow, this looks terrific!

  3. A quite healthy meal … would love to try that especially after the heavy Thanksgiving feast!

  4. Eha says:

    Best recipe I have found all week . . . with summer almost here in Australia, this will be made weekly methinks ! Love the inclusion of cabbage for bulk and fibre and to balance the taste of the red pepper spread: shall try to find time to make this from scratch . . . . am more likely to buy one of our marvellous small-store hummuses to save time.

  5. Gerlinde says:

    This is by far the best lunch I had when you made it for me Deb going on the train to Sacramento . I encourage everyone that reads this to make it. It is delicious.

  6. jacquee says:

    I agree – food trends are silly. If i like something, I make and eat it regardless. These look and sound fantastic. I see myself having more than a couple… 😉 Hope you are well and all set for the holiday season.

  7. These wraps look so delicious, Deb! The perfect meal to balance out all of the holiday cookies 🙂

  8. Cathy says:

    These look absolutely scrummy! All the different elements must taste fantastic wrapped up together. And they are vegan too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Deb!

  9. 2pots2cook says:

    It makes me so happy to find a recipe with ancient grains ! Thank you dear Deb. So nice to have a break before another round 🙂 Enjoy the week end !

  10. This looks so delicious, and will make a great lunch. I love wraps and your recipe ror the red pepper spread sounds amazing. Definitely saving to try
    Thank you for the delicious recipe🙂

  11. Mary says:

    Wraps out of style??? I think not! Who came up with that silly notion?! Wraps are here to stay – as far as I’m concerned. This wrap is definitely here to stay. Sounds amazing. I look forward to giving it a try. Thanks for sharing Deb!

  12. Valentina says:

    I don’t think THIS wrap could possibly be or go out of style! The flavors sound so delicious and I love that wraps are such a great on-the-go snack or meal.

  13. mjskitchen says:

    Now that’s one healthy and delicious looking wrap! Good call on adding the hummus. I had a wrap with hummus the other day and loved it. Wraps are out of style? Not in this house. 🙂

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