Prawn & avocado pasta salad

Prawn & avocado pasta salad

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
A tasty and superhealthy summer salad

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal636
  • fat24g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.55g


  • 400g bag penne pasta
  • 400g bag raw peeled tiger prawns, defrosted
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • juice and zest of 1 large lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, stoned, cut into cubes



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 250g cherry tomato, halved



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 100g bag rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • small bunch basil leaves, torn



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 10-11 mins. Just before the end, add prawns and cook through. Drain, cool under cold water, drain and transfer to a big bowl.

  2. Put the oil, lemon juice and zest, garlic, avocado, tomatoes and spring onions in a separate bowl, then mix well – don’t mash the avocado. Season. Gently toss the mix into the pasta, with the rocket and basil.

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27th Jun, 2018
Really nice dish, quick and easy to make. More than enough for seconds and lunch the next day will deffo be making again!
20th May, 2017
This was lovely! My other half doesn't like salad unless it's "interesting" and this sure fits the bill as he loves pasta! It was substantial but healthy. Alterations were few, I made it for two so kept the sauce ingredients the same quantity but reduced the pasta to 130g and the prawns to 150g as that was the size of the packet. It was plenty for a main meal. I used frozen cooked large prawns, defrosted them and added at the end when mixing together. I only had a small lemon so added the zest and juice of half a lime as I had one. Definitely a keeper!
22nd Jul, 2015
Yum. Really enjoyed this dish, even though I forget to add the basil. After reading the reviews, I halved the pasta but kept the dressing the same. There was plenty for the 2 of us and enough leftovers for a lunch box the next day. I will definitely be making this again.
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12th Jun, 2014
This was really quick to make and tasted delicious. Added a chopped red chilli to give it a bit of punch which worked really well. Next time will add black olives. Recipe made loads, enough for two packed lunches.
8th May, 2012
Fresh, delicious, a definite favourite!
8th Jun, 2011
Delicious and very quick!
14th Jan, 2011
This was so easy to make and delicious. Will definitely make again.
15th Jul, 2010
Fab Salad! It's sooo Italian. I added a bit of chili pepper in the boiling water and added balsamic and italian black olives to the salad.
10th Mar, 2009
Absolutely delicious!!! The raw garlic with the lemon and olive oil taste fantastic and really compliment the prawns. I made half the amount for 2 people, with the same amount of dressing. And I used normal small prawns. Really would recommend! Tastes best on the day made, the rocket goes a bit soggy otherwise! Yum Yum!
20th Oct, 2008
Fab recipe, fantastic for supper and for taking the leftovers to work for lunch the following day.


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