Pan Seared Prawn Salad with Avocado

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As the worst of the E.coli out break is over, and the cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce were given an official all-clear by German authorities. Finally I can buy again what my appetite tells me and enjoy without worrying about the salads.
A delicious combination of pan seared herbs-marinated prawns, fruit and vegetable. It's perfect as an appetizer or a light dinner on its own. If possible try to cook the prawns with the shell intact, as this will keep their flavour and helps in reserving the moisture.

Herb Marinade
  • 12 Giant prawns, deveined
  • 80 g Bio arugula
  • 1 Avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Bio carrot, peeled and thinly shredded
  • 8 Bio baby roma tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 Red onion, peeled and sliced into rings or
  • Crispy onion rings
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Lime wedges to serve
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp Dry white wine
  • 1 tsp Dried herbes der Provence
  • 1/2 tsp Dried tarragon
  • 1 clove Garlic, pressed
  • Salt and freshly mulled black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  1. Combine mustard, white wine, and herbs in a pan. Cook the mixture over lower-medium heat until the wine has almost been absorbed, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in pressed garlic, season with salt and pepper. Finally stir in olive oil and mix until well blended. Add the prawns to the marinade and mix well. Cover with a cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil over high heat until hot. Add in prawns and cook until they have turned pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Mound the salad on two plates. Add avocado slices, carrot shreds, tomato wedges, onion rings and the prawns. Drizzle the salad with a bit of balsamic cream and serve with lime wedges if desired.


Jo 13/6/11 06:41

An absolutely gorgeous salad and the prawns look so good. Nice golden brown!

The Bitchy Crocker Project 13/6/11 06:46

Yes, please!!!!

(That's me asking for some.) Definitely putting this on the list. What a fantastic summer dinner or lunch it would be!

Vimitha Durai 13/6/11 06:48

Salad looks so colorful and yummmy Angie... Prawns looks so great...

alison 13/6/11 07:25

amazing salad,love it!

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 13/6/11 07:25

Fantastic pictures as usual and man that salad looks well tasty!

Unknown 13/6/11 07:32

Salad with prawns sounds a interesting idea..looks very tempting

Wen 13/6/11 07:35

This salad just whet my appetite even though I already had my! Looks so appealing!

Anonymous 13/6/11 07:40

What a beautiful combination - prawns and avos. Fabulous salad

Lisa H. 13/6/11 08:38

Prawns looks so inviting... lovely salad :D

Sunanda 13/6/11 09:23

Wow!! salad looks so yummy dear!! wish I could get it rite now:)

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My Little Space 13/6/11 09:53

Angie, you always come up with such an amazing salad. And this sounds as awesome. The colour combinations simply gorgeous. Hope you're having a great week ahead.
p/s hopefully we still have time to chat!

Maris (In Good Taste) 13/6/11 10:21

This is a fabulous dish. The prawns are cooked to perfection!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 13/6/11 10:58

A delightful slad! What colors and flavors.



ann low 13/6/11 11:18

Angie, always made my favorite "prawns" & "salad" :)

Adora's Box 13/6/11 11:32

What a fantastic salad! I like that you've left the shells on. I like the toasty taste the shell gives when they've been fried.

Katy-Mei 13/6/11 11:50

I love the prawns with shells on, they keep their taste... boiled or fried. Lovely dish and Beautiful pics! Have a lovely week Angie! Mei

Cooking Gallery 13/6/11 12:09

This looks gorgeous and totally appetising, Angie! Prawn with avocado...I wouldn't be able to resist this!

megi 13/6/11 12:49

What a gorgeous salad, I love every component, from the dressing to the crispy onion rings.

Brian Samuels Photography 13/6/11 13:01

What a nightmare that e. coli outbreak was. Yikes! Glad you can go back to eating the foods you love!

Sutapa 13/6/11 13:14

Fantastic summer salad ..... shrimps and avocado perfect combo!

Peggy 13/6/11 13:48

This salad looks phenomenal and those prawns are just gorgeous =)

OohLookBel 13/6/11 14:19

The germ scare must have been worrying, so glad it's over now. This salad is the perfect way to eat those luscious prawns and lovely marinade.

Unknown 13/6/11 15:06

Another gorgeous salad, Angie! I so wish I had all the makings for that so I could bring that for my lunch today... it sure would make facing work a little easier :)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 13/6/11 15:11

Gorgeous salad! Glad they figured it out, very scary.

Kumi 13/6/11 16:05

What a refreshing and beautiful salad! Prawns are so nicely done, I can almost taste it here.

Unknown 13/6/11 16:36

Prawn & Avocado combine on a salad! YUM! ;)

Belinda @zomppa 13/6/11 17:27

Those prawns looks perfectly succulent!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 13/6/11 17:28

We have been reading about the E.coli outbreak in the newspapers here. Very frightening. I'm so glad you can buy fresh lettuce and tomatoes again without concern.

What a wonderful salad to help celebrate the 'all-clear'!

Puja 13/6/11 17:33

Delicious ~ I adore avocados in salads!
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Food For Tots 13/6/11 17:40

Glad that you can enjoy this gorgeous salad again. Looks so flavourful and colourful! ;)

Sarah Naveen 13/6/11 19:34

nice clicks..refreshingly yummy salad

Unknown 13/6/11 19:39

Beautiful salad Angie as usual. The colour, presentation and flavours are wonderful.

Barbara 13/6/11 19:49

Now that's my kind of salad, Angie. And onion rings besides!

FOODESSA 13/6/11 20:14

Everytime there's a bacteria outbreak only increases my beliefs that we can never be careful enough. I've made it a habit to wash all vegetables in a basin of salt, white vinegar and water. It may not be 100% guaranteed, however, it does make me feel just a little safer to keep enjoying my favourites.

Angie, It's nice to be back for my visits...once more you've prepared a very appetizing dish ;o)

Ciao for now,

Priya Suresh 13/6/11 20:27

Seriously i want to finish that plate, soo tempting!

Patty Price 13/6/11 20:51

So happy for you that the e-coli nightmare is coming to an end and that you can finally enjoy your beloved raw veggies once again. I'm printing your recipe as I type as this is what I would like for my dinner tonight, thanks Angie:-)

tinyskillet 13/6/11 21:29

What a beautiful salad, good for you that everything has been cleared. You get to eat this healthy, meal, and enjoy raw veggies again

Faith 13/6/11 22:19

This is such a lovely salad! Full of delicious flavors and contrasting textures...sure to be a favorite!

Sweet And Crumby 13/6/11 22:23

What a fabulous salad. Thanks for the tip on cooking the shrimp in their shells. I rarely do that and never thought about the flavor I was losing. Do you de-shell it for serving though so the vein is out? Just curious. Thanks.

Anonymous 13/6/11 23:31

Such a colorful and delicious looking salad. Great marinade. I love the addition of crispy onion rings. Can't ever go wrong with some fried goodness. :)

claudia lamascolo 13/6/11 23:57

Simply elegant to serve and delish~


What a great way to celebrate! Lovely salad!

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour 14/6/11 02:49

Glad the outbreak scare is over. Your salad looks divine! What a summer treat!

Torviewtoronto 14/6/11 03:33

beautiful looking salad Angie

kitchen flavours 14/6/11 04:10

Wow! A beautiful plate of prawn salad! Two plates for me please!

Anne 14/6/11 04:53

Angie! These are beautiful and I imagine so delicious! Your photography is just amazing! : )

Lynda 14/6/11 05:23

What a gorgeous and delicious salad! I want some of this now.
I'm so glad the e-coli scare is over.

spcookiequeen 14/6/11 07:01

So glad you are able to get greens again, this salad looks so good. I love all the yummy things you put on top. Always great looking food over here. Hope you have a great week.

Biren @ Roti n Rice 14/6/11 07:22

You must be relieved that the e. coli outbreak is over. Your salad with the succulent prawns look so inviting!

Nammi 14/6/11 09:48

Thank goodness , you can eat a fresh salad :) This looks like a nice refreshing way to celebrate :)

Cheah 14/6/11 11:16

This is indeed yummilicious and as always can't help drooling over the pics!

Joanne 14/6/11 11:50

I'm so glad you're allowed to eat again! This prawn salad looks absolutely delicious!

Ilke 14/6/11 12:27

Pictures are great! I am sure it tasted even better. Never thought about searing them in their shell but you are right, it must have kept it more flavorful. I need to start eating more salads!

Kathy 14/6/11 13:17

Angie, Beautiful salad! And thanks for the very nice comment you left on my blog! Love your photos!

Deliah's Deli 14/6/11 15:00

hi coming to yr site..thanks for coming by seeing you again :)

Priscilla - She's Cookin' 14/6/11 17:52

Glad to hear that the veggies you enjoy so much have been cleared - how scary! I can tell by this beautiful salad how thrilled you were. Love all the colors and the addition of crispy onion rings :)

Heather S-G 14/6/11 18:33

Gorgeous bright and inviting. So glad the scare is past!

Juliana 14/6/11 19:34

Angie, your shrimp salad looks delicious...and I love the idea of avocado. Beautiful pictures. Have a great week :-)

Rosita Vargas 14/6/11 20:35

Exquisita ensalada,me gusta mucho la combinación de colores.
awesomw so beautifully presented hug,hug.

chow and chatter 14/6/11 21:05

pleased the e coli thing is getting better poor Germany and wow what an awesome salad thanks for your kind words on the ebook :-) Rebecca

SpicyTasty 14/6/11 21:20

Looks wonderful. I would like to invite you to our "Quick and easy recipe mela" and enter your recipe. We would be glad to see your participation. Thanks.

Maria 15/6/11 01:14

This sounds so tasty, love the flavours!

Katie@Cozydelicious 15/6/11 03:57

So terrible to have to avoid salads! But this looks like awonderful way to enjoy fresh veggies again. I love those prawns.

pigpigscorner 15/6/11 05:21

Glad that it's over! The salad looks great esp with the charred prawns!

Jackie 15/6/11 08:59

Love the burst of colors in your salad! **Drool**

Unknown 15/6/11 20:16

with summer here i'm running away from meat and all i want is salad, sea food and here what i could ask for? SO good!

tigerfish 15/6/11 21:18

I think a light meal on its own works for me!

Simply Life 16/6/11 02:52

wow! what a perfect summer salad!

Marla 16/6/11 06:38

Love this fresh & healthy prawn salad - perfect for entertaining!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 16/6/11 14:25

I'm so glad you're able to eat your fresh veggies again! This salad looks fabulous...from the crispy onions to that gorgeous shrimp. I'd love this for my dinner...mmmmm.

Hornsfan 16/6/11 14:56

What a delightful looking salad! I'm glad to hear you're free to enjoy the fruits/veggies of summer once again.

elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds 16/6/11 15:24

One of my all-time favorite salads...prawns and avocado! Seems I spotted on one of the photo crispy onion rings? or I am dillusional...LOL
At any rate I would love a plate of this gorgeous and delicious salad, Angie:DDD
So glad the scary E-coli is over. Nothing to fool around with...and to think it is not only found in raw meats, and eggs:-((

oregonphotography 16/6/11 16:56

Angie, You always have some of the best recipes out there, time after time after time! There are lot's of phonies claiming to be the best but you are the best!

Gloria Baker 16/6/11 17:54

Look delicious Angie, love the colours, gloria

lisaiscooking 16/6/11 22:11

So glad the e coli fears are over! This salad looks fresh and delicious. Great-looking prawns too!

Angela 17/6/11 04:44

Wow! That is incredibly beautiful. I love prawns.

lena 17/6/11 18:04

yay! finally you can eat all the veggies that you wanted on full scale!! the marinate sounds really good to me, look so appealing!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 18/6/11 01:51

This is one of the most eye-appealing salads with beautiful, colorful ingredients and fresh flavors going on to make my taste buds and tummy sing: Happy, happy! What a great salad creation! I hope that you will consider to share this over on my weekend foodie linky -- I'd love to feature it for others to see!

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bakerbynature 20/6/11 04:21

I want my next salad to be this one; I have yet to see prawns like that since my trip to Australia.

Lynda @ TasteFood 21/6/11 22:24

What a beautiful salad. It's a perfect dinner for the heat we are experiencing right now!

Magic of Spice 22/6/11 00:31

Beautiful! I love salads like this, perfect for summer dinners :)

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 24/6/11 03:02

Hi Angie,

thank you for sharing this beautiful and incredibly flavor-filled salad on last week's Fresh Food Friday/Seasonal Saturday. I was delighted to feature it today in this week's edition of Fresh Food Friday and hope that you can stop by and share another great recipe of yours!

Taste of Beirut 26/6/11 20:06

I like your technique for marinating and cooking the prawns; this salad would be my favorite.

MaryMoh 29/6/11 09:52 it! This plate will be in my tummy within minutes :D

GastroStu 18/8/11 11:46

Love the colours and the flavours sound amazing too. Bookmarked this one for later use :)

Anonymous 27/9/11 21:21

I did it tonight... was fantastic !!! The combination of ingredients was simply awesome... and I promise not to say I substituted this for that and used this instead of the other.... I just stuck with what I was told and it was bloody lovely ! (use other stuff and it's a different recipe - post that recipe yourselves!)
Thank you for this !
ps.. i used calves livers instead of prawns... sorry.. joking !)

Unknown 29/7/13 19:26

Prawns and avocado, I have both of these in my refrigerator. I know what I will be making for lunch tomorrow. This looks wonderful!

Catherine 30/7/13 05:27

Dear Angie, This dish looks absolutely delicious and healthy!! A very nice picture too.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Caroline Taylor 30/7/13 14:11

Just the thing to eat in all the hot weather we've been having!

Amy (Savory Moments) 1/8/13 01:16

This salad looks absolutely amazing!

CQUEK 1/8/13 14:10

Wow this is my kind of meal, I have pinned it for later!

pepper bowl 2/8/13 00:23

Beautiful post, mind blowing photographs, inspiring write ups...Angie, why still sticking with sub domain. V r Waiting for the day, you move up to your own domain :)

Kathy 2/8/13 00:53

Lovely recipe, Angie! The prawns look delicious…great salad.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 2/8/13 04:58

I would love to have a salad like this, it looks delicious.


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