Over the last few days it looks like Summer might have arrived. The days have been warm and the air has been filled with the sound of bees buzzing and birds singing. I have managed to get into the garden and tackle the mass of weeds have seems to have sprung up overnight. I would love to know how the weeds manage to take over. I have tried getting plants that are meant to spread out prevent weeds growing but it does not seem to work. If you know the secret to beating weeds please let me know. It does look like I will have a bumper crop of raspberries this year. It also looks like I am going to have more than the twenty one gooseberries I had last year which I used to make elderflower and gooseberry sorbet. On warm days I don’t feel much like cooking and prefer something lighter to eat. A salad is ideal, one filled with flavour and taste. This weekend I created a seafood salad with a lime mango dressing, that was perfect for a warm sunny day. The warm seafood made it feel like a main meal and the lime mango dressing was full of taste and summer flavour.
For the base of the salad I used garlic and ginger prawns from Whitby Seafoods. Whitby seafoods have a great range of sustainable seafood which is really tasty and delicious. From fish to prawns to scampi, they will definitely have something you like. TWhitby Seafoods are based in Whitby, which is a lovely picturesque town. I visited fairly recently, stopping at the Abbey and driving along the coast. It was a lovely adventure and I would love to go back someday.
Once the garlic and ginger prawns were cooked I added them to a salad made from mixed lettuce leaves, chopped cucumber, spring onions and cherry tomatoes. The salad had been tossed in a lime mango dressing which I made with crushed mango, lime juice and a little oil and vinegar. I also added some black pepper and a touch of sugar into the dressing. The dressing worked really well, adding a lovely zingy flavour which worked wonderfully with the garlic and ginger prawns. I sat in the sun and ate, enjoying the calm and the warm sun toasting my shoulders.
The warm bites of seafood added an exotic touch to the salad, making me think of sitting beside the sea. There is nothing more calming that sitting on the shore watching the waves curl gently onto the beach and fall back into the ocean as if exhausted by the effort. I will have to visit the coast again soon.
If you are looking for other salad ideas how about chicken and bacon tortelloni salad for a satisfying main meal.
I was sent some vouchers to purchase the seafood and create a recipe, my opinions are my own.