Monday, April 13, 2015

Prawn and confetti vegetable salad


    Serves: 4
    Prep. time: 25 minutes
    Cook time: 15 minutes
    Total time: 30-60 Minutes
    Syns per serving:  ½

      Add 6 Syns if not using Prawns as a Healthy Extra on Green.

  •     1 large red pepper
  •     1 large yellow pepper
  •     Salt
  •     225g thin green beans, trimmed and cut into short lengths
  •     1 average corn on the cob
  •     175g new potatoes, peeled and cubed
  •     Mixed salad leaves
  •     500g cooked, shelled prawns

For the orange dressing

    1 level tbsp Dijon mustard
    2 tbsp rice vinegar or tarragon vinegar
    3 tbsp fresh orange juice
    2 tbsp fat free vinaigrette dressing
    1 spring onion, finely chopped
    2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
    1 tsp finely grated orange zest
    Salt & freshly ground black pepper


    Make the orange dressing. Put the mustard, vinegar and orange juice in a bowl and whisk together. 

Gradually whisk in the vinaigrette dressing, and stir in the tarragon, spring onion and grated onion and grated orange zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Place the peppers under a hot grill until blackened all over, turning occasionally. Put them into a polythene bag of 5 minutes (this makes it easier to remove the skins), then peel them and remove any seeds. Cut the flesh into small confetti-like squares or diamond shapes.

    Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil and add the green beans. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes, until just tender but still slightly crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and cool.

    Remove the corn kernels from the corn on the cob and add to the boiling water in the pan with the potatoes. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until just tender, then drain and cool. If wished, you can use a bowl of iced water to cool all the vegetables quickly.

    Mix the drained cooked beans, the sweetcorn and potatoes with the peppers and toss lightly in half of the dressing.

    Toss the mixed salad leaves with the remaining dressing and arrange them on 4 serving plates. Top with the shelled prawns and vegetable confetti. Serve the salad immediately.

Tip: You can vary the flavour and appearance of this pretty salad without changing the Syns. For a special occasion, instead of using regular shelled prawns substitute some cooked, shelled tiger prawns. A final sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley or chevril, will also add interest.

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