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Prawn cocktail salad on a glass

Prawn Cocktail Salad (Classic, Easy Recipe!)

  • Author: alicia gonzalez tome
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, main
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This classic prawn cocktail salad is a super quick & easy dish that is always a hit. Perfect for a starter or a light main, when you want to impress! Gluten-free, dairy-free & low carb.


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Marie Rose sauce

  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (look for one made with olive oil)
  • 2,5 tsp of tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce (GF)
  • 1/2 tbsp of cognac (optional but great addition) - see notes
  • 5 drops of spicy sauce (like tabasco sauce)

Salad ingredient

  • 15 large cooked prawns (like king prawns)
  • 3/4 cup of mango diced
  • 1 mini romaine lettuce head
  • Lemon wedges or lemon juice, optional, for serving


  1. Whisk all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust the amount of spicy sauce to suit your taste.
  2. Prepare the salad ingredients: chop the lettuce leaves, dice the mango, and cut each prawn in 3-4 pieces (see notes).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the homemade marie rose sauce with the prawns and the mango. Don't mix with the lettuce!

  4. In a coupe-style cocktail glass, lay a bed of lettuce and add the prawn & mango mixture on top.

  5. Optional to add some chopped parsley on top to decorate.


  • The cognac adds a very distinctive flavour. You can start by adding 1/4 tbsp first, taste the sauce, and add the other half if desired.
  • Cut the prawns in big-ish chunks. You want the prawn to be the main ingredient in each spoonful.
  • When you're mixing the prawns & mango with the sauce, it might look like it's a lot. But bear in mind it will be combined with the lettuce directly on the glass when eating.
  • This prawn cocktail salad can be served as a canape in a small lettuce leaf, instead of in a cocktail glass! If you're going for this option, mix the prawns, mango & lettuce with the sauce. And then put on top of a small leaf. You can present all the little leaves on a platter or timber board.

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