A very pretty salad, this combines tiger prawns with colourful, juicy fruits tossed in a light dressing flavoured with honey and fresh mint. It makes a lovely light summer meal, served with bread or rolls.
Use mixed seafood instead of the prawns. Another idea is crabsticks, cut in half. * To add a slightly spicy note to the salad, mix 15 g (½ oz) fresh root ginger, cut into very fine strips, into the dressing. * Other fruits can be used in place of the melon and mango. Good combinations include chopped nectarine and halved, seedless white grapes or sliced kiwi fruit with cubes of fresh pineapple. * For an attractive presentation, serve the salad in halved Charentais melon shells.
Fresh mangoes are an excellent source of the important antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body can convert to vitamin A. The amount of beta-carotene on offer varies according to the ripeness of the fruit – levels can range from 300 to 3000 mcg per 100 g (3½ oz) raw mango flesh. * Melons have an exceptionally high water content, averaging at least 90 per cent, which makes them very refreshing. The varieties with orange flesh, like Charentais, contain beta-carotene. * Although prawns contain cholesterol, this generally has very little effect on your blood cholesterol levels.
Excellent source of niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B12, vitamin C. Good source of copper, iron, selenium, vitamin A, zinc. Useful source of potassium, vitamin E.
I have just made this for lunch but I used the nectarine and grape option. Very good. I did find the rocket a bit overpowering though and mixed it with a little salad leaves. - 13 Aug 2008