July 10, 2018 — Easy
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220g extra large shelled cooked prawns (i.e. 16 prawns)
Bag of wild rocket – about 140g
1 ripe but firm avocado
2 small sticks of celery
Half a small cucumber
6 – 8 radishes
1 red pepper
4 – 6 baby corn
16 or more black olives
100g pumpkin seeds
2 large continental salad onions or a 2 shallots – plus some white wine vinegar, salt and sugar
For the dressing
4 tbs good olive oil
2 tbs lime
1 tbs El Yucateco Jalapeno salsa – or other jalapeno chilli sauce
1 green jalapeno chilli
1/2 clove garlic
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This kind of recipe is really an assemblage of ingredients. The quantities can be varied to personal preference. EL Yucateco jalapeno salsa is one of my favourite chilli sauces, I normally just pour it over things – but was delighted by the discovery that it makes an excellent seasoning ingredient in the dressing for this salad. NB: I buy my El Yucateco sauces from MexGrocer.
Notes: Feel free to vary the ingredients. However, I have chosen my ingredients for particular reasons: the char-grilled corn and pepper is added to give a Mexican feel (I imagine the charring might have occurred on a Mexico City street vendor’s brazier!) The watermelon goes well with rocket but clashes oddly with pea shoots, lettuce is too bland. The prawns are pre- cooked and kept cool and fresh, the watermelon is not grilled as is the trend these days. I think it is better to have a crisp cool fresh ingredient at the heart of the salad. However, the pre-cooked prawns could indeed be grilled or they could even be grilled raw prawns. Pumpkin seeds are a very Mexican ingredient, the olives are black – both make a connection with the seeds in the watermelon. Raw radishes and raw and picked onion often accompany Mexican meals. The my pickled onions are a miniature version of the popular pickled red onion rings. Cucumber adds freshness, celery adds crunch. Avocado, coriander, and chillies provide extra Mexican flavours. And you have to have a lime wedge…
For some more mexican recipe’s, why not try some of these: Really Easy Mexican Meatballs, Really Easy Mexican Ranch Style Eggs, Quick and Easy 30 Minute Pollack with Mexican Sweetcorn Sauce or Mexican Chocolate Flan.
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