I have been promising this recipe to a few people for a while now and before the Mango season dries up I think I better get it to you all. This is a refreshing summer recipe. When I first made it I made it in individual bowls with big lettuce leaves, it was a very wholesome lunch. Recently though in the cooking classes here in the Byron shire we have been making it in small lettuce cups and displaying them like canape- either way they are wonderful.

When magoes are in season you can use the mango salsa in this recipe. When they are not in season you can use the cauliflower salsa from Fresh and Vibrant simple raw recipes. And when our beloved avocados come back in season (not long now- only a month or so to go) you can make a salsa with 2 tomatoes, 1 avocado, lime or lemon juice and coriander or mint leaves.

Hope you enjoy this deliciously refreshing and filling way of eating salad.

Mexican Inspired Lettuce Cups

12 lettuce leaves that can be used to hold salad

Mango salsa

1 mango chopped in small cubes

Few sprigs of coriander or mint roughly chopped

If in season 1 avocado chopped the same size as mango

ΒΌ cup of roughly chopped parsley

Pecan mince

1 cup pecans

1 tbsp gluten free tamari

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cold pressed olive oil

Hot chillies finely cut (optional)

Nut cheese

1 cup macadamia nuts

1/2 small Spanish onion

2 tbsp to 1/2 cup filtered water

juice of 1 to 2 limes

1 tsp organic gluten free herb salt


1 carrot peeled and julienne sliced with julienne peeler

For the pecan mince add the pecans, cumin and chilli to the food processor then pulse a few times.  Add the olive oil and tamari pulse a few more times.  or the nut cheese, place the macadamias in a food processor with the onion and herb salt, pulse till quite small then add the lime juice and thin with water. Then divide the mixture between the lettuce cups.  Mix the salsa together and put on top of the pecan mix, next add the nut cheese and garnish with the carrot.

Categories:Snacks/Sides Mains Salads

Tags:lettuce macadamias mango pecans

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