Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Papaya, Lime and Mint Salad

4th day of posting for Vegan MoFo

I prefer mango, but papaya is also an amazing fruit, especially if paired with lime. Try to slice a papaya and eat a piece of it. Then try squeezing a few drops of limes on the fruit and taste it again: you'll see what I mean!  Sometimes I can find ripe papaya really really cheap in the Chinese veggie stores: in supermarkets they often are too expensive, and sometimes they are not ripe. I like ripe papaya, I make smoothies, or a papaya salad for dessert. 

This is my lime squeezer, my husband got it for me in NY, in the shop of the Museum of Modern Art. It looks like a little boy popping up from a basin, I don't think that it is particularly effective for squeezing, but it is cute and original, and sort of... artistic.

Squeeze one lime and place into a bowl. Add sugar (from one tsp to one tbsp, depending on your taste), mix. Cut the papaya and place into the lime mixture, stir. Add a few mint leaves and refrigerate for a few hours. This is a great dessert after a spicy or tropical themed dinner, or even for breakfast.

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

With this recipe I take part in the event Sweet New Zealand, this month hosted by Sue of Couscous and Consciousness.


  1. I'm not sure I've ever eaten papaya, but it looks beautiful. Awesome lime juicer!

  2. Beautiful photos of a beautiful salad. So simple, yet I'm sure, so delicious.

  3. Heavenly! I love papaya - you're right though, it's not always easy to get good ones from the supermarket. I usually go to Bali once a year for yoga retreat, and I always get my fill of having papaya every morning for breakfast. Your lime juicer is so cute :-) Thanks for sharing this at Sweet New Zealand.
    Sue xo

  4. Yoga retreat in Bali with papaya sounds pretty good to me Sue!!!! :-). Thank you for hosting Sweet NZ!