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Prawn Salad with Pickled Cucumber

Prawn salad with pickled cucumber
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  1. 1 cucumber
  2. 2 tsp sea salt
  3. 4 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  4. 3 tsp sesame oil
  5. 280g pack raw tiger prawns
For the dressing
  1. 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  2. ½ small red chilli or ½-1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
  3. 1 tsp brown sugar
  4. ½ tsp sesame oil
  5. 1 tbs fish sauce
  6. 4 tbs lime juice (juice from 2 limes)
  7. 1 tbs freshly chopped mint leaves
  8. 2 tbs freshly chopped coriander leaves, plus extra for garnish
  1. Peel the cucumber and cut it into fine slices, on the diagonal. Put slices in a colander (over a bowl) and sprinkle with sea salt, mixing it in gently. Leave for 1 hr, if time, to extract the water.
  2. To make the dressing: Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Rinse the cucumber quickly under cold running water and pat dry in a clean tea towel.
  3. Add the cucumber to the dressing and stir it in gently. Taste, and season if necessary. Put spinach leaves in 4 bowls, then spoon the pickled cucumber over.
  4. Heat a pan, add 1 tsp of the sesame oil and the prawns; cook them for a few mins until they turn pink, tinged with brown. Spoon on top of the salad, add any leftover dressing and sprinkle with the rest of the oil. Garnish with coriander and serve straight away.
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