Mango & Zucchini Lettuce Wraps

Filled with sweet & spicy components & dipped in a bright sauce, these lettuce wraps are the perfect combination of simplicity & bold flavor.

mango and zucchini lettuce wraps

As the temps have been rising, I’ve been craving food that’s lighter and colder. Lately we’ve spent most evenings dining al fresco trying to live it up before the 100 degree weather sets in. Chill evenings call for chilled food and these lettuce wraps are just so refreshing…. a beautiful appetizer, or (in our case) a light dinner.

The thing I love about eating these lettuce wraps is that you can eat lots of them without feeling too guilty. For me, eating light is never about eating less food. But the most important thing you need for outdoor dining is a big platter to load everything onto. You don’t want to have to make multiple trips for herbs and dipping sauces, etc. – plus one of you has to carry the wine. This Heritage Platter from Q Squared is absolutely perfect – it’s become my go-to platter for patio meals – plus how pretty are those colors!

Lettuce Wrap Recipe Ingredients

How to Serve Lettuce Wraps

When we eat lettuce wraps for dinner, I pile all of the components onto a big platter. The leaves of romaine lettuce sit next to thin, sweet slices of mango, ribbons of zucchini, torn herbs, and radishes sliced into matchsticks. That way, each of us can fill our wraps to our liking. I always try to get a good mix of sweet & savory, soft & crisp ingredients in every wrap. This method is perfect if you want to make these for a party appetizer – that way, guests can customize their lettuce wraps!

I also always serve these veggie wraps with a dipping sauce. This sweet soy ginger combination is easy & delicious, but if you want to get fancier, peanut sauce or basil sauce would be great with here as well.

Asian lettuce wraps dipping sauce

Lettuce Wrap Recipe Variations

You could make these yummy Asian lettuce wraps a thousand ways. I love the combo that’s printed here, but any of these variations would be fantastic:

  • Swap out the mint for Thai basil or cilantro, or use all three.
  • Use baked tofu in place of the edamame, or, if you’re not vegetarian, try grilled chicken or fish!
  • Try using thinly sliced peaches in place of the mango.
  • Add vermicelli noodles instead of kelp noodles.
  • Top the wraps with slices of avocado.
  • Or use other veggies you have on hand – yellow or red bell pepper or Persian cucumber ribbons would both be great choices.

Pile everything onto a serving platter, load up the lettuce leaves to your liking, and enjoy with plenty of dipping sauce!

mango and zucchini lettuce wraps on a platter

If you love these Asian lettuce wraps…

Try some more cool, fresh recipes! I heartily recommend this mango salsa, this gazpacho, or a watermelon or corn salad.


Mango & Zucchini Lettuce Wraps
 
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These fresh lettuce wraps are a great party appetizer or light summer dinner! Change up the veggies and herbs to your liking, and serve with generous drizzles of dipping sauce.
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Recipe type: Main dish, appetizer
Serves: 2 as a light meal, 4 as an appetizer
Ingredients
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • ½ cup kelp noodles (optional)
  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • ½ mango, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 radishes, sliced into thin sticks
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 1-2 Thai red peppers, sliced
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Edamame, baked tofu, or a protein of your choice
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Sriracha, for serving
Ginger soy dipping sauce:
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Diced Thai chili pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prep all your veggies and arrange on a platter. Mix the dipping sauce together.
  2. Serve with lime wedges and sriracha, assembling your lettuce wraps to your liking.

 

I used this julienne peeler for the zucchini strips.

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  1. Delicious! I can not imagine are more perfect meal for the weather you are having.

    • jeanine
      06.13.2014

      I think we’re ahead of everyone – summer is in full swing here, it’s so hot!

  2. Monica from playingwithflour.com
    06.11.2014

    This is so utterly gorgeous that I feel satisfied just looking at it. Thank you for sharing!

    • jeanine
      06.13.2014

      thanks Monica!

  3. Pang from circahappy.com
    06.11.2014

    What a light & lovely meal that is!!!! This shall be THE DINNER for THE SUMMER in my house. Wonderful photos as always, and that 20% off will definitely come in handy 🙂

  4. Allyn from girlnamedallyn.wordpress.com
    06.11.2014

    So very summery and delicious. It’s still weirdly chilly in NYC, so I’ll have to save it for later.

  5. Meg
    06.11.2014

    Such a beautiful post! This has got me salivating at my desk …. T-4.5 hours till I can go home and make these!

  6. Love the combinations in these wraps, so perfect for a light, summer snack!

  7. Whoa! These looks so refreshing and light. A perfect appetizer for sure 🙂 and mango…so good…

  8. Ooh these are stunning! I love veggies, kelp noodles, and edamame, so these sound pretty perfect right now. And serving ware… omg I’m such a sucker for it. Your platter is gorgeous!

  9. Sara S. from sabziblog.com
    06.11.2014

    This looks delicious. I completely agree that eating light does not mean eating less. I’ll be making these sometime this summer.

  10. these look positively delicious. I’ve been on a lettuce wrap kick lately.. I’d have to try these.

  11. Carly from thecozytable.com
    06.12.2014

    I love the idea of lettuce wrap night in the summers – great way to keep a tradition going while mixing it up with fillings! Also – I love love love your photography! Beautiful and appetizing photos all the time. Thanks for sharing!

    • jeanine
      06.12.2014

      aw, thank you Carly!

  12. Kate from taffetaandtulips.com
    06.12.2014

    I love how colorful and fresh this looks! I’ve been craving something light and healthy and this certainly fits the bill. That platter is perfect!

    http://www.taffetaandtulips.com

  13. Lena from zoyaandme.com
    06.12.2014

    It looks so delicious. I tried a variation of this recipe and loved it.

  14. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com
    06.12.2014

    These wraps have such beautiful bright colors! And flavors too, of course. 🙂 I love it!

  15. I am right there with you. I do not want to turn my oven on even for a second! These are the perfect bright and crunchy meal for a busy weeknight!

  16. I can’t believe what a beautiful job you did in making these. Perfectly slivered, gorgeous color, low in calories—-and yes I would get fancy with peanut sauce. It would be divine!

    • jeanine
      06.13.2014

      thanks Carol 🙂

  17. Hot weather and lettuce wraps go together like peanut butter and jelly. Lovely recipe.

  18. Sonia
    06.21.2014

    Hi… Was wondering what you use to julienne everything so beautifully? Thanks!

    • jeanine
      06.21.2014

      I used a julienne peeler for the zucchini, and I just sliced the mango with a paring knife (it was too delicate to get through the julienne peeler, I tried :)). I’ll put a link to the one I have at the bottom of the post under the recipe!

  19. Sandy
    09.05.2014

    This looks like such a happy dish :). It cheers me up just by looking at it.

  20. Thanks for sharing – looks delicious and nutritious. Very inspiring.

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