Asparagus and Mediterranean prawns

This asparagus and prawn dish makes a quick, healthy and delicious meal
Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 20–25 mins
Serves 4


*2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
*20 uncooked prawns, peeled and deveined
*800g asparagus, spears trimmed
*1 carrot, thinly sliced
*1 celery heart, thinly sliced
*olive oil, for drizzling
*juice of 1/2 a lemon, strained
*salt and pepper


1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the 2 tablespoons of vinegar and blanch the prawns for 2 minutes, then drain.

2. Tie the asparagus into a bunch and cook it standing upright, in salted boiling water for 15–20 minutes, then drain and leave to cool.

3. Put the carrot and celery on a serving dish and top with the prawns and asparagus.

4. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Mix gently and serve immediately.

Recipes adapted from 'The Silver Spoon' new edition 2011, published by Phaidon Press.

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