Man Food by Mark Hix

Thai Prawn Salad

Most Popular

Because summer salads aren't just for girls. 

Salads have the potential to be truly uninspiring, but with a little thought you can turn a boring plate of cold foliage into something surprisingly exciting.

I hate those bags of floppy mixed leaves that supermarkets sell. For me, salad leaves need to be tasty and robust, and the best tend to be wild.

If you’re a bit of a forager, you may already pick wild leaves, or if you’re into gardening, you’ll probably have weeds such as pennywort, chickweed and bittercress growing in the borders, which are ideal for the salad bowl. Other interesting leaves you can grow include land cress, rocket and silver sorrel, all of which will get your dinner guests talking.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

When it comes to dressings, I’m a bit of a vinegar addict. I have a cupboard full of countless varieties from good cider to muscatel. Mix up a glug of your favourite with a splash of oil and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect salad dressing; just add leaves.

Thai prawn salad with green mango (serves 4)

I love Asian-inspired salads. With a good kick of fragrant herbs and chilli, they’re healthy and invigorating. If green mango is impossible to find, supermarkets often have other types of mango that are still rock-hard and perfect for a salad like this. Papaya or even pomelos, which are large, green grapefruit-like fruits, can be used.

Most Popular

Asian herbs such as Thai basil, Thai parsley, perilla and betel leaves (if you can buy them locally,) as well as coriander, will all add to the fragrant effect. Good-quality cooked prawns will work well in this salad.

The salad
30–40 medium-sized good-quality cooked prawns
3tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
A couple of handfuls of Asian salad leaves like mizuna, tatsoi, tiny pak choi, pea shoots (from Thai or Chinese supermarkets), or just some small salad leaves, washed and dried
A handful of herbs like coriander, mint, Thai basil, Thai parsley, betel leaves and perilla, washed and dried
1 green or under-ripe mango, peeled
40g mange tout, shredded
4 spring onions, finely shredded
A handful of bean sprouts

The dressing
1 small red chilli,
seeded and finely diced
1 stick of lemon grass, trimmed and chopped as finely as possible
A small piece of galangal or ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
1tbsp fish sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2tsp sugar
1tbsp rice vinegar
3tbsp vegetable oil

1 | Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and leave to infuse for at least an hour.
2 | On a mandoline, or with a sharp knife, slice the mango as thinly as possible, working around the stone. Mix all the ingredients for the salad with the dressing and prawns and serve in individual bowls or a large serving dish.

What do you think?

Bangers mash Manna
London's Best Vegetarian Restaurants
From pad thai at Notting Hill's best raw restaurant to vegetarian sushi in Kings Cross​
food floor
Food & Drink
Science Is Here To Ruin The 'Five Second Rule' For Everyone
​Shut up science, and let us eat our pavement ice cream in peace​
Food & Drink
The Secret Guide To Lunch In Soho
Do lunch properly with our pick of the best lunch restaurants in the heart of the capital​
Coffee barista
Food & Drink
​A Barista Explains Your Morning Coffee
​What exactly is a flat white? And should you only drink espressos in the afternoon? All the complexities of caffeine culture answered...
scrambled eggs
Food & Drink
The Number One Secret To Amazing Scrambled Eggs
No, it's not the flick of that wrist
Richard Turner, cooking on a Drumbecue at Meatopia
Food & Drink
The Ultimate Guide To Grilling Meat
How to conquer the raw flames, from a guy who knows​
Radio Rooftop at ME London
Food & Drink
Where To Eat & Drink In London This Week: Rooftop Raves, Champagne Terraces & Mediterranean Sharing Plates
​We've got you covered​
Colonel Sanders
Food & Drink
Colonel Sanders' Nephew Just Revealed KFC's Top Secret 11 Herbs & Spices
A delicious legend​​
Gintern 2
Food & Drink
Company Lists Vacancy For a "Gintern": A Real Job Getting Paid To Drink Gin
Ginspiring stuff​
London Wine Week 2016
Food & Drink
Win £5,000 Worth Of Wine
From Berry Bros. & Rudd, by filling in a simple survey