This recipe, inspired by Guy Fieri’s Watermelon Pork Tacos, hasn’t been up close and personal with my kitchen for nearly two years, but Junior Too remembered it down to the cucumber and avocado in the salsa–a good sign considering how long it’s been and how many recipes my guys have eaten through in the meantime. And, once again, these relatively easy lettuce wraps hit the spot, Junior Too and Senior gobbling down our absent Junior’s portion. Thumbs up!

Pork Lettuce Wraps with Watermelon Salsa

2 tbsp rice vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp sesame oil

1-1/2 cups watermelon, 1/4″ cubes

1 cup cucumber, 1/4″ cubes

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4″ cubes

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp Thai Chili sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp onion powder

3/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

1-1/2 lbs boneless pork chops (or pork tenderloin), cut into bite-sized pieces

15-20 medium-sized romaine lettuce leaves

1) In small bowl, mix rice vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and sesame oil; set aside

2) To medium bowl, add watermelon, cucumber, and avocado; pour rice vinegar sauce over top and gently mix; refrigerate

3) In small bowl, mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, Thai Chili sauce, sesame oil, onion powder, red pepper flakes, ginger, salt, and pepper; set aside

4) Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high; add pork and cook 5-6 minutes, stirring often, until just cooked through; stir in soy sauce mixture, remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl

5) Set out bowls of watermelon salsa, pork, and lettuce leaves and let your hungry ones assemble their wraps by spooning pork and salsa onto those crisp lettuce leaves (make sure there are plenty of napkins since these can get messy); enjoy!

Servings: 4


  1. What an explosion of flavors!

  2. Oh I love all the colors!! It looks perfect for summer time!!

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