Summer Salads

As the days stretch and warm up, the sunny, enchanting outdoors just scream at you to get out n have some fun. This weather calls for, entertaining and having parties in your backyard or poolside, by the beach or carry a picnic basket to the park. Cool crunchy salads are especially inviting at such time. These two salads are just perfect for any such occasion. Pretty leafy salads, delicate summer berries and chocolates are all essentials, as are fresh and healthy ingredients. Quick to prepare and easy to eat, looks impressive too.

Summer Prawn Salad

Prawn Salad with Quail Eggs

Serves 6

  • 18 quail eggs
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped tarragon
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 9 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 30 raw tiger prawns, peeled
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • bag of mixed baby lettuce

Quail Eggs

Place the eggs in a small saucepan. Cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 mins then remove and cool under cold running water before peeling. In a small bowl whisk together the, mustard, tarragon, vinegar and 6 tbsps of olive oil. Season to taste and set aside. Clean the prawns – remove the heads and peel off the shells leaving the tail on. Run your knife down the length of the back and pull away the digestive thread. Rinse under cold water and pat dry with kitchen towel. Now set a frying pan over a high heat and add the remaining 2 tbsps of olive oil. Season the prawns and briskly fry them in 2 batches, turning regularly, for about 3 mins or until pink and cooked through. Remove and dress with the lemon juice. Now in a large mixing bowl, put the slices spring onions, mixed lettuce, halved eggs and dress with the vinaigrette. Gently toss the salad together, mixing them evenly. Serve in individual plates, getting equal amounts of prawns and eggs in all of them.

Summer Berry Salad

Chamomile Berry Salad with Chocolate Almond drops

Serves 6

  • 200 gms white chocolate
  • 100 almonds or walnuts
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 200 ml water
  • 3 organic camomile infusion tea bags
  • 50 gms caster sugar
  • 500 gms cherries and blueberries
  • 800 gms strawberries hulled and sliced

Begin with making the chocolate almond drops. Lay some baking paper on a baking sheet. Break up the chocolate and place in a bowl and microwave for a minute, stopping in between to stir, as white chocolate burns easily. Mix in the nuts and using a teaspoon, drop 18 or more blobs of chocolate nuts onto the baking tray. Chill until set. Now finely pare the lemon zest with a potato peeler and place in a saucepan with 200 ml water. Bring to boil and cook briskly for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and add camomile tea bags. Leave to infuse for 5 mins, strain into another bowl and infuse the sugar. Once dissolved and cooled and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Stone the cherries and mix together all the berries. Add the camomile syrup and serve with the chocolate drops.

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Comment :

I love quail eggs, the salad and dessert are refreshing ideal for summer days

What gorgeous salads! I love quail eggs so much…

Cheers,

Rosa

Kajal

Sylvia – Rosa, i love these little beauties too. N the best part is they are so easily available here in Hong Kong.

The salads are gorgeous, but the cups for the fruit are sooo nice! 🙂 The look so elegant with the elongated shape!

That salad looks scrumptious, but I honestly have never had quail eggs and I don’t even know where to get them

White chocolate and fruit, best combination ever! What a sweet ending to a refreshing summer meal. Beautiful presentation. 🙂

I love how light and refreshing these two courses are– just what I really need for this intense summer heat O_o (And, of course, I am a huge prawn fan 🙂
I also wanna say– the ornamental border you used is so pretty! I’m not sure where I could use it, but do you mind sharing the source? 🙂

Looks lovely!

Both these salads look increadibly fresh and delicious. Perfect for al fresco dining! I especially love the chamomile syrus in the fruit salad! What a delicious and creative idea!!!!!

Beautiful! What a inventive way to add a summer meal.

Thanks for sharing:)
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Looks so fresh and delicious! I’ts summer…

Absolutely beautiful Kate! And stunning too…love the pics as always!

yummy salads! if only i could convince sous chef…and WHOA! hello, diamond ring ^_^

Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Gorgeous stuff – and wonderful pictures. I’m particularly drawn to the berry salad, which looks sooooo refreshing and summery!

Beautiful colorful salads! The berry salad in particular is unique and looks so delicious!

As always, beautiful photographs & delicious looking food! Cheers!

I love that berry salad and the new look.

Great stuff. Difficult to get quail eggs in India; the only places I run into them are gourmet restaurants in the US and Europe. 🙂

Great recipes and pictures as always. Have you moved back to Hong Kong now?

gorgeous shot of the quail eggs! love it

These salads look absolutely amazing!! Quail eggs and prawns! Wow! And the very lovely berry salad! How beautiful! Gorgeous photos!

I’ll take one of each please. 🙂

This looks delicious and very summery Kate! I wish I had more time right now to make anything really…:)

Lovely salads Kate! They look gorgeous!

Oh wow finger licking breakfast…happy to know that you r having healthy stuff….

I want both of those for my meal tonight! YUM! and gorgeous as always!

hi Kajal! i miss you and your posts, haven’t been active blogwalking for a while. on this post, very nice salad and lovely dessert. how are you?

You are an artist. Salads are so enticing.

i adore quail eggs! beautiful photos and what lovely looking salad. x

I haven’t eaten quail eggs for like… decades? Would love to taste them again in salads. Enjoy your Summer days there, Kate!

what a lovely summer salad!! I love quail eggs but some ppls said this egg have the highest cholesterol level!!

Fantastic photos, as usual, and curious to try the Chamomile berry combination

Ann

oh i love quail eggs in laksa! yumm

My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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