Herby Papaya Salads

Enjoy these salads when papayas, mango, and blood oranges are in season, or mix and match with frozen varieties!

Herby Mango-Macadamia Salad

Nutty, sweet, and fragrant without being overpowering as the herbs and bitter lettuces mellow out the robust mango and bold papaya.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lettuce leaf mix of your choice
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil
  • 1 tsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ cup macadamia nuts (optional: lightly toasted)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen mango
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen papaya
  • Curry powder, cardamom, and cinnamon to taste

Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Preparation:

  1. Coarsely chop macadamia nuts, and toast at 350 degrees F for 3-5 minutes if desired. If using frozen fruit, thaw in a bowl of water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Finely chop parsley, basil, and chop mango and papaya into large chunks.
  3. Plate lettuce mix, herbs, fruit, and macadamia nuts. Add shredded coconut, sprinkle curry powder, cardamom, and cinnamon, and toss to your preference. Enjoy!

Citrus Papaya Mint Salad

When all of this salad’s flavors come together, they create a mild, happy warmth.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups of lettuce leaf mix of your choice
  • ⅓ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup combined pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and sliced into thin discs
  • 1 cup papaya chunks, fresh or frozen (run under water for 5-10 minutes to thaw before use)
  • sprinkle to taste cinnamon, ground ginger, cardamom

Yields: 1 serving
Prep-time: 10 minutes

Preparation:

  1. Toast pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds together on a baking sheet just until pumpkin seeds begin to pop: about 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees F in a conventional oven, and 3- 5 minutes if using a toaster oven.
  2. Plate lettuce leaf blend. Top with mint, seeds and almonds, papaya and blood orange slices. Sprinkle with spices, toss, and enjoy!

Yasmine’s Notes:

Should any of these salads’ core ingredients not be available to you, (because they’re out of season, you don’t have the means, etc.), you can easily try different fruits, herbs, and nuts in place of the ones listed here— still keeping, for example, the basil and parsley, but maybe choosing walnuts and raspberries over macadamia nuts and papaya because that IS what you have available.

Equally, you can also swap harder-to-access ingredients with other varieties of the same type: for example, navel oranges in place of blood oranges, or dried mint versus fresh— even similar colored produce, like orange-fleshed cantaloupe instead of orange-fleshed papaya! While the results will naturally give you a slightly different palate than the original, you can still find interesting, delicious combinations like this. Maybe something entirely new that you’ll end up loving all on its own! 🙂


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