Thursday 28 May 2009

Langoustine & broadbean salad

It's so exciting having spring vegetables in season AND weather that makes you want to eat them! The croutons add texture and give the salad enough body that you don't feel like you've JUST had salad for dinner, the crab rounds out the seafoodyness from the langoustines.

Warm Langoustine and Broadbean Salad (serves 2 as a main course)

1 bag of salad leaves
1-2 ripe avocadoes
1 small tub white crab meat
100g broad beans (shelled weight)
1 bag of croutons
squeeze of lemon juice
10 raw, peeled langoustines
splash of olive oil
2 cloves of chopped garlic
lemon garlic mayonnaise made from: 1 eggyolk, olive oil until it feels right, a splash of boiling water, 1 clove chopped garlic, juice of a lemon and a squeeze of ketchup (because this is a posh prawn cocktail, really).

Divide leaves, cubes of avocado and crab meat between 2 large bowls and sprinkle with a squeeze of lemon.

Peel the second skin from the broad beans and boil until tender.

Pan fry the langoustines with the garlic and olive oil until opaque and pink.

Top the salad with the drained hot broadbeans, the langoustines and pan juices, the croutons and a good drizzle of lemon garlic mayonnaise.


Rachel said...

Are broad beans the same as fava beans? If so, I am excited to try this recipe with some garden favas in several weeks. We've had a couple of days of rain and when the sun comes back out, the veggies are going to fly!

HH said...

Looks great FC, I like the idea that you aren't left feeling like you have had salad for dinner! That would be dreadful!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Rachel - they sure are!

HH - feeling unsatisfied after dinner is the pits.

NKP said...

What a great salad! Perfect for summer guests and a nice bottle of white wine.

Stacey said...

I have never tried broad beans... I will have to find them around here and try them out!

Laurie said...

Wonderful salad! I had the same question about broad beans as Rachel, but the ones I planted are no where near harvest.

They are so much work, but so worth it!

Deb in Hawaii said...

What a perfect salad for a warm evening. It looks delicious!

Sam said...

Right now is the best time of year for vegetables, there's so much good stuff to choose from!

I love the salad, it looks perfect for summer.

Bettina Douglas said...

I do enjoy those seasonal vegetables, they are such a treat.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Natashya - definitely!

Stacey - I think you'd be looking for fresh fava beans.

Laurie - I haven't tried to grow my own.

Deb - thanks!

Sam - it's an exciting time of year for veg, isn't it?

Mother - They are a treat, but I'd swap you for a mango.

kat said...

Sounds so tasty!

Esi said...

What a lovely salad! I am glad you have good weather to enjoy it in.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Kat - it was good, thanks!

Esi - we're lucky, after 2 dreadful summers we've hit a patch of really good weather.


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