Prawn and avocado salad with spiced tomato dressing

How to improve on fresh prawns with avocado? Adding a smoky, spicy tomato dressing to the mix.
Prawn and avocado salad with spiced tomato dressingWilliam Meppem
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Prawns are a festive classic. We prefer king or tiger prawns for their sweet, firm flesh. Serve the salad assembled, or for a more casual gathering, put out all the ingredients on the table for guests to make their own salad.


Spiced tomato dressing


1.For spiced tomato dressing, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat, add tomatoes and fry, tossing occasionally, until scorched and softened (4-5 minutes). Add garlic, rind and vinegar, remove from heat and transfer to a blender. Add remaining ingredients, blend until smooth, season to taste and refrigerate in an airtight container until required. Dressing will keep for up to 5 days, taste before using and brighten with a squeeze of lemon juice if necessary.
2.Arrange prawns, avocado, cos and celery on a serving platter, season to taste and drizzle lightly with extra-virgin olive oil, then dressing to taste, scatter with celery leaves and watercress and serve.

Drink Suggestion: Pale, dry rosé

Drink suggestion by Max Allen.


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