This will be my starter course for Tandy’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ challenge. It’s a dish that my friends always enjoy. I was going to do something more adventurous, but as my main course will be quite challenging, I thought I would stick with what I know for the starter.

It is actually three salads in one and all three can be prepared the day before, kept in the fridge and tossed together just before serving.


4 avocados

Juice of 2 lemons

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt, black pepper & cayenne pepper to taste

Blend into a smooth mixture and refrigerate in an airtight container.



2 cucumbers, shaved into wide ribbons (use a potato peeler) excluding seeds

1 tablespoon caster sugar

2 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar

1 green chilli, finely chopped

Mix caster sugar into vinegar until dissolved, add chillis and pour over cucumbers.

Refrigerate in an airtight container.


1kg cleaned and steamed prawns

2 mandarins, peeled and chopped


Salt & pepper

2 red chillis, thinly sliced

½ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of mandarin juice, blitzed with the pulp of 1 mandarin

Juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon minced ginger

Gently mix all ingredients and refrigerate in an airtight container.


To serve: On a large platter, place a layer of leafy greens; (basil, coriander, baby spinach and dill, etc) dot with the cucumber ribbons, the guacamole and then the prawns. Toss to mix at the table before serving.

(For a more elegant event, serve in individual cocktail glasses.)

Serves 8.



30 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    what a refreshing starter – so perfect for summer 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve used it as a starter on three occasions and it’s been a big success. Hope my guests vote it high 🙂

  2. WOW, what a starter! Can’t wait to see your Main Course.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m doing two roasts, not sure which one I will feature for the challenge 🙂

  3. Madmom says:

    *swiftly copies and prints the recipe*

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a goodie, Madmom 🙂

  4. And then prepare to take your tastebuds to heaven 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wish you were going to be here on Saturday to vote!

  5. Tes says:

    What an amazing idea to mix 3 delicious salad together. It sounds so flavourful and delicious 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is a good one, Tes, the flavours all surprise the palate 🙂

  6. OOOOOH! I can hardly wait to try this one! Thanks! BTW – please translate “caster sugar” for us ignorant Americans! :=D

    1. theonlycin says:

      Caster sugar is a fine grind of sugar which is used by bartenders and bakers, among others, for its quick dissolving properties. It is also sometimes seen spelled as castor sugar, and it may be labeled as “superfine sugar” as well. Much like regular table sugar, caster sugar can come in both refined and unrefined forms. Many grocery suppliers sell caster sugar, which can be replaced in recipes with partly ground conventional sugar if it cannot be obtained.

  7. granny1947 says:

    No Man!!!! You make me feel so stupid…have no frigging idea what guacomole is…is that the name of the whole dish?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Guacamole is just the avo layer, it’s like a dip, I am sure you hav had it before and just didn’t know what it was called.

  8. slpmartin says:

    Looks just delightful…when summer returns I may just have to give it a try.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well worth it, Charles.

  9. nrhatch says:

    Looks festive ~ with the reds and greens!

    ‘Tis the season to start cooking . . .

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, have begun defrosting my turducken with great trepidation.

  10. Since I have a horrid allergy to shellfish and prawns, what do you think about substituting chicken – would it be as delicious?

  11. theonlycin says:

    I’ve made it with chicken before and it was delicious, Amy 🙂

  12. Man, I really must get to Jo’burg one day (or make that one week!) just to sample your cooking, wine and chat up a storm. Will keep all my wobbly bits crossed that you will be the winner of the challenge Cin xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You know that you have an open invitation, Honey.
      Thanks for holding thumbs.

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