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South of France Summer salsa recipe with prawns

This delicious recipe is from La de Villa Mazamet in the south of France where the summers are long and hot and chefs love to create recipes that are perfect for sunshine days…

Ingredient for 8 people

2 limes – juice and zest
1 large medium-ripe avocado – finely diced
1 large red bell pepper – finely diced
2 shallots – finely sliced
1 ripe mango – finely diced
Small bunch of fresh coriander & chives, finely chopped
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
150 grams (approx.) of smoked salmon, diced
150 grams of cooked, peeled prawns diced
Olive oil

Start by preparing the pepper and shallots, prawns and salmon and keep them in small containers in the fridge until needed. All the other ingredients need to be chopped as you are making the dish, no longer than four hours ahead of time. Asides from the shallots, which you need to finely slice, try and dice all of the other ingredients to an even size.

Have to hand a large mixing bowl and place the shallot and red pepper into it and mix by hand until fully combined.  You can add the other ingredients in any order but add the avocado last to stop discolouring. Carefully fold all of the ingredients together – add the zest and juice of the lime, the freshly chopped herbs and the seasoning and finally the olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning – you may need to add some more lime juice to give it that zing.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate until needed. An hour before serving, remove from the fridge and give a careful stir. You could use some small molds to serve. Grease them with some olive oil before filling almost to the top with the mixture. Press the mix quite firmly into the mold with the back of a spoon to help hold everything together. Return them to the fridge, removing just prior to serving.

To serve, invert each mold onto your chosen serving plate. You may need to hold the top of the mold to the plate and give it a firm shake to release the shaped salsa. Decorate with cherry tomatoes, chopped chives and finally, a drizzle of olive oil.

The dishes at the renowned luxury Villa de Mazamet, a B&B near Carcassonne, are known for their delicious summery flavours.

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