This salad take on prawn larb salad is brimming with fresh and vibrant Thai flavours. Perfect for a healthy, light meal on a hot day.
- 600 g whole medium green prawns
- 2 red Asian shallots, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sunflower or other neutral oil
- 200 g snake beans or green beans, cut into 4 cm lengths
- 300 g (2 cups) shredded green papaya
- 1 cup coriander leaves
- 1 cup mint leaves
- 1 cup Thai basil leaves
- 1 baby gem lettuce, leaves torn
- 3 tsp finely sliced lemongrass, pale part only
- 1 kaffir lime leaf, thinly sliced
Roasted prawn powder
- reserved prawn shells and tails
- 2 tbsp long-grain white rice
Chilli and lime dressing
- 80 ml (⅓ cup) lime juice
- 60 ml (¼ cup) fish sauce
- 2 long fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
- 3 tsp very finely grated ginger
- 4 tbsp stevia or sugar (to taste)
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
1. Peel the prawns, discard the heads (or reserve and deep-fry for a delicious snack) and reserve the shells. De-vein the prawns and coarsely chop the meat.
2. For the roasted prawn powder, preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the reserved prawn shells and rice on a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for 15 minutes or until the rice is golden and the prawn shells are dry and fragrant. Transfer to a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder and finely crush to a powder. Season to taste and set aside (see note). Makes about 125 ml (½ cup).
3. For the chilli and lime dressing, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Makes about 170 ml (⅔ cup).
4. In a bowl, combine the prawn meat, shallots, white pepper, soy sauce and 60 ml (¼ cup) each of the chilli and lime dressing and roasted prawn powder.
5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the prawns and cook for 5 minutes or until the marinade is crisp and prawns cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
6. Place the beans in a large mortar and lightly bruise with a pestle. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the green papaya, herbs, lettuce, lemongrass and kaffir lime, 60 ml (¼ cup) chilli and lime dressing and a sprinkle of prawn powder. Toss until combined. Add the prawn mixture and toss again. Serve immediately with the remaining dressing and roasted prawn powder on the side.
• The roasted prawn powder can be stored in an airtight container or jar in the pantry for up to two weeks. You can use it as a seasoning or flavour booster for other salads and dishes and add dried chilli flakes for extra flavour.
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