I hate throwing food away, my leftovers always go back into the fridge. All very good except for the fact that a lot of the time they end up in the bin a few days later. Not anymore…it’s time for me to get creative and think of ways to use those leftovers in delicious dishes. I’m pretty impressed with my first effort.
When we have pasta I always seem to cook too much, hate the idea of there being not enough, I guess, so I had a generous portion of cooked penne in the fridge. I’m in Cape Town at the moment and the weather was sweltering, so I came up with this lovely salad recipe.
The secret with the seafood-style sauce is to make it using twice as much mayo as ketchup. Although, of course, if you prefer different predominant flavours it’s easy to experiment until you’ve got your ideal ratio.
For the sauce (per portion – so double for this recipe for two)
4 tbsps mayonnaise
2 tbsps ketchup
A squeeze of lemon juice
A dash of Worcestershire sauce
For the salad
150g cold cooked penne
250g medium sized prawns, cooked and peeled
3 slices of pineapple, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 handful of chopped fresh mint leaves
Half a small iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, quartered
6 slices of cucumber
Mix all the ingredients together for the sauce.
Add the prawns, pasta, pineapple and mint and mix together thoroughly
Serve in a bowl with the lettuce on one side and the prawn salad on the other, tomato and cucumber arranged around.
Do you have favourite recipes using leftovers? Get in touch and let me know, I’m always looking for new dishes to try.