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.

GUACAMOLE

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.

 

THAI CUCUMBER RIBBONS

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.

MANDARIN PRAWNS

1kg cleaned and steamed prawns

2 mandarins, peeled and chopped

Dressing:

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.