Papaya Mint Lime Salad (Vegan + GF)

Papaya Mint Lime Salad (Vegan + GF)

This Papaya Mint Lime Salad is all kinds of side dish goals.

Papaya Mint Lime Salad (Vegan + GF)

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. 

Papaya Mint Lime Salad (Vegan + GF)

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Papaya Mint Lime Salad (Vegan + GF)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This Papaya Mint Lime Salad is the perfect easy and healthy side dish.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 54 kcal
  • 1 papaya, peeled and diced
  • Handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
For the dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional: pinch of cayenne chilli pepper, to taste
  1. Place papaya and mint in a bowl
  2. Mix together all ingredients for the dressing in a separate small bowl
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and mix well
  4. Best served fresh, but keeps in the fridge for up to a couple of days

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