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Wash the mussels in a colander to remove any grit. Remove any stringy beards from the shells and check for any that are slightly open – give these a tap on a work surface, and discard if they remain open.
Tip the mussels into a large pan, then add the sherry, garlic and bay. Cover with a lid and steam over a medium-high heat for 3-4 mins, or until the mussels open. Drain and discard any unopened mussels. Remove and discard the shells. Set aside and leave to cool.
Tip the onions, peppers, cucumber and tomatoes into a bowl, then stir in the prawns, mussels and parsley.Tip the onions, peppers, cucumber and tomatoes into a bowl, then stir in the prawns, mussels and parsley.
Shake all the dressing ingredients in a sealed jar with some seasoning. Alternatively, whisk together in a small bowl. Pour over the salad, then gently stir to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight.
Bring the salad out of the fridge 30 mins before serving. Spoon onto a serving plate and sprinkle with a pinch of paprika, remembering that a little goes a long way.
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