Papayas are quite pricey where I live and only available in the market during the winter. Since they are expensive and a scarcity, I bought two papayas; one of which I cubed and frozen for later use while using the other fruit for my personal enjoyment. I tend to each fruit in their natural state but worrying that the papaya may rot soon, I thought of using it to make a salad. I also had a carton of strawberries that were starting to wilt. I could only make smoothies so many times. Someone suggested a Thai green papaya salad to me. The idea sounded intriguing and I would have gone through with it but I was lacking many of the ingredients required for this salad. I would have much preferred to use ingredients that I readily had on hand.
Papayas, avocado, fresh lime/lemon juice, chopped strawberries, red onion, fresh parsley and mint are all the components you need to make this luscious tropical salad that will make you feel like you are vacating in the sunny Caribbean. It sounds more like a fruit salad but its good regardless. You can add more vegetables if you feel the need to. Many people I know don’t like fruit embedded in their salads. I could use something to take my mind off the cold miserable winter weather every now and then. A vacation would be nice too. This salad will have to do for now. This salad also pairs perfectly with rice, cottage cheese, lettuce, legumes, grilled chicken, fish or beef . Furthermore, it’s loaded with vitamin C, A, folate and fiber therefore very nutritious. You can add a chili pepper for a little kick! This would even make a great salsa to serve with tortilla chips. This papaya avocado salad is a beautifully unique and flavor-filled dish that will make a great impression. Savor sharp with sweet flavors, this exotic salad is wonderful for all dietary restrictions, vegan, gluten free, low carb, egg free, sugar-free, nut free, to name a few.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 ripe papaya peeled, seeded and cubed
- 2 ripe avocados peeled, seed removed, and cubed
- 1 red onion chopped
- 12 fresh strawberries sliced
- 1/2 cup of toasted slivered almonds (optional)
- 1/4 cup of fresh lime/lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fresh mint chopped
- Salt and pepper for taste
Place chopped fruit/vegetables in a salad bowl. Coat with dressing and serve.
Yields 2-4 servings