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.
Styling: Hannah Meppem