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Jubilee prawn cocktail leafy salad recipe

Jubilee prawn cocktail leafy salad recipe

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  • Seafood salad
  • Prawn salad

Celebrate the Jubilee in style, simple, classic, with a smoky twist, and it's only 291 calories per portion.

Buckinghamshire, England, UK

33 people made this

IngredientsServes: 2

  • ½ (250g) iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 dashes Tabasco® sauce to taste
  • 300g cooked peeled prawns, defrosted if frozen
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Toss the iceberg and parsley together and place half in the base of 2 glass serving dishes.
  2. Mix together the ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces then stir in the prawns.
  3. Spoon half the prawn mixture into the serving dishes and top with the remaining lettuce. Finish with the remaining prawns and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Serve immediately.


Try replacing the iceberg with shredded round lettuce. Try using tiger prawns and add a little harissa paste to give a spicy flavour. Serve in 4 wine glasses for a classic starter.

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You can connect with Julia via her website, Facebook and Twitter.

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For my book-inspired dish, I decided to go with the popular party, buffet, country club appetizer of shrimp cocktail. It was mentioned a couple of times in the book--including a society matron standing at the buffet with, "A jumbo shrimp tail stuck out of her mouth." Even though shrimp or prawn cocktails have been around for decades, I am never unhappy to find a platter or shrimp and a zesty sauce at a party. I had a bag of jumbo wild shrimp in my freezer and looked online to see if there was something more exciting than the usual red cocktail sauce. I found a recipe for shrimp cocktail with a Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette and thought it sounded good--and it even matches the colors of the book cover a bit.

Just serve with cooked jumbo shrimp--you can boil of grill the shrimp yourself, or buy them already cooked. Here's a simple recipe for a party-sized platter of shrimp for shrimp cocktail.

Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette
From Alison Attenborough via
(Makes about 3/4 of a cup of dressing)

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp minced shallot
1 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Combine lemon juice, shallot, tarragon, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with cooked shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined, tail left on. Extra dressing can be stored, tightly-covered, for about a week in the fridge.

Do Ahead Tip: Vinaigrette can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Notes/Results: I love both lemon and tarragon, so this sauce was perfect for me. The bright and tangy lemon flavor and cooling, bittersweet tarragon worked well with the sweet shrimp and the leftover vinaigrette will make a great dressing too. I find it a nice change from the classic. If you are a shrimp cocktail 'purist'-you could serve this dressing alongside a classic red shrimp cocktail sauce as another option, and if you aren't a shrimp fan, you could use this sauce as a salad dressing or a dip for raw or grilled vegetables. I will definitely make it gain.

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