Prawn and Mandarin Salad

"From Australian BH&G Diabetic Living issue 12 2007. Preparation does not include marinating time."
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  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh)
  • 14 - 12 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper (fresh)
  • 250 g prawns (raw, peeled, deveined, tails left on, I prefer off)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon olive oil
  • 40 g salad leaves (mixed)
  • 2 mandarin oranges (peeled and segmented or 220 grams container mandarin segments in natural juice, drained)
  • 1 red capsicum (or green or yellow cut into short strips, bell pepper)
  • 14 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 4 slices bread, to serve (low gi recommended)


  • In a small screw-top jar shake the orange juice, lime juice, Tabasco sauce and pepper to combine.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of the citrus mixture into a medium bowl and add the prawns and toss to coat.
  • Cover and put into the fridge for 1 hour to marinate.
  • Meanwhile if using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 30 minutes and then drain.
  • To make the dressing, in a small jug whisk the remaining citrus mixture, red wine vinegar, olive oil and sesame oil to combine. Set aside.
  • Preheat a barbecue grill or plate on medium.
  • Thread the prawns onto wooden or metal skewers, leaving 0.5cm between each prawn. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until cooked through.
  • In a large bowl toss the salad leaves, mandarin, capsicum (bell pepper), and red onion.
  • Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Divide the salad among serving plates and top with the prawn skewers.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with the bread.

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  1. pammyowl
    Wonderful salad! When I tasted the prawns straight off the grill I wasn't thrilled, thought they were too tart, but when tossed with the salad found the sweetness of the oranges were a perfect compliment to the tartness. I did not use the extra marinade in the dressing, frankly just forgot but didn't need it, the vinegar and oil were just perfect. Thanks for sharing, Pat! A keeper for sure!
  2. dmac085
    I noticed in the reviews that the amount of sesame oil is in question. It isn't listed in the ingredient list but is added in step 5 of the directions without a measurement. Most reviewers are going with 1/2 tsp as it is a strong flavored oil.
  3. loof751
    Boy I loved this salad! Wonderful flavor and beautiful presentation. I don't care for onion so left that out, and I used canned mandarin oranges. The dressing on this is outstanding, very light and fresh and a perfect complement to the shrimp. Served with some crunchy breadsticks and loved this - thanks for sharing this keeper!
  4. Lori Mama
    Nice refreshing salad. I used a green pepper. As with a reviewer, I wasn't sure how much sesame oil to add, so I used 1/2 tsp as well. I served an 8 grain bread along side. Made for Every Day Holiday Tag. :)
  5. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    This is simply outstanding! I followed this exactly using the measurements, loosely, and this was truly mouth-watering. I grow little spinach's, beet tops, and capsicum's in the backyard, so I used these. As suggested, I kept the little tails on. This is perfect for any season and so darn easy to put together as well! Made for *Everyday is a Holiday* October 2009


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