Green and gold Australia Day salad wraps

Jill Dupleix
Mod Oz: Green and gold salad wrapped in lettuce.
Mod Oz: Green and gold salad wrapped in lettuce. Photo: William Meppem

Sure a barbecue on Australia Day is all very well but you'll also be needing something fresh and healthy to balance out all those chops and snags. These crisp green-and-gold lettuce wraps of mango, cucumber, avocado and mint in a sesame and sweet chilli vinaigrette celebrate everything we love about Australia in summer.


2 baby cos lettuces

1 firm ripe mango

1 firm ripe avocado, stoned

1 small cucumber, stripe-peeled

3 spring onions, finely chopped

2 tbsp baby mint leaves

sea salt and pepper

1 tbsp sesame seeds or crushed peanuts


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp lime or lemon juice



1. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash, spin-dry and chill until needed.

2. For the dressing, whisk the ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Finely dice the mango, avocado and cucumber, and lightly toss in the dressing with the spring onions, mint leaves, sea salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and scatter with sesame seeds or crushed peanuts (or both). Serve with a spoon and a pile of chilled cos leaves so that people help themselves.

Hannah Meppem