This Papaya Mint Lime Salad is all kinds of side dish goals.
I mentioned the other day that I’d served this peanut curry with a delicious papaya salad, and so here’s the recipe as promised!
Fruity salads are just the best – I love having little bursts of candy-like sweetness to offset the heat of a curry or richness of a creamy pasta sauce. After having created far too many mango-based salads, I thought it was time to branch out to other types of fruit. What I love about mango is its sweetness and tropical flavour, which makes it a great base for different spices and herbs. I wondered if papaya would work in a similar way – it’s also very sweet, tropical, and has a gorgeous colour too!
So I decided to swap in papaya and was so happy I did! I’m not a massive fan of just eating papaya by itself, as I find it kind of lacks flavour and there are other fruits I much prefer. However, once you add a squeeze of zingy lime, a dash of piquant chilli and a few springs of refreshing mint, these work perfectly to bring out the heady natural sweetness of the papaya – such a kaleidoscopic array of flavours, and all of the ingredients quite conveniently happen to be really healthy too!
This papaya mint lime salad really is the perfect side dish: it’s easy to make, great prepared ahead, and works to bring out the flavours of a main without overshadowing it. This is truly a side salad that other side salads can only aspire to be.
If you try out this recipe or any others from my blog, I’d love for you to take a photo and tag it #rhiansrecipes on Instagram! It would really make my day to see what you come up with!
- 1 papaya, peeled and diced
- Handful of fresh mint, thinly sliced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of salt, to taste
- Optional: pinch of cayenne chilli pepper, to taste
- Place papaya and mint in a bowl
- Mix together all ingredients for the dressing in a separate small bowl
- Pour dressing over the salad and mix well
- Best served fresh, but keeps in the fridge for up to a couple of days