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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Papaya, Lime and Mint Salad








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.




Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


22 comments:

  1. We are sharing the best name :)! What is short form of Alessandra in Italy? Do you have any? In Poland it's Ola (like Spanish - Hi), in UK Alex. :) I love sound of Italian version.
    Wow! You wrote your own books! That is incredible! I admire you. I believe it must be a hard job to write a book. When I will be in Poland I will have to look for them. Polish peple (including me ;D) love Italian food. It's more refreshing than Polish one. Especially Polish winter food. I am very glad you pop in to my blog :). I hope you will have lovely day! Aleksandra :)

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  2. I would never have though that the short for Aleksandra would be Ola! What a revelation? In Italy they call me Alle or Ale, a couple of friends insist on calling me Sandra, which I don't particularly identify with, but hey, I love them and let them call me that!
    In NZ they call me in many different ways, and yes, when I was living in the UK most people called me Alex.

    Have a good day too!

    Ciao
    A.

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  3. Voglio proprio vedere se con un po' di lime riesco a mangiare la papaya pure io...ciao!

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  4. che squisitezza! mi piace molto la papaya, e tutti i frutti esotici! fresca e golosa! baci :)

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  5. Your photos and recipe are both delicious :-). The colors are so vibrant they catch and grab the eye. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. Yummmm and such pretty images. I am now wanting this but to find a good papaya around here is next to imposible.

    Weekend hugs.

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  7. A very simple and delicious salad...looks so fresh and colourful. The lime squeezer is a lovely piece.

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  8. direi quasi un ottimo confort food, una insalata fresca e sfiziosa!

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  9. your papaya salad sounds very refreshing and cooling! Great after a day out in the sun! Great photos too!

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  10. Never tried papaya with lime juice! You never stop learning :-) I will definitely give it a try next time I get a juicy, ripe papaya. Thanks for the hint!

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  11. PS. It was me, Alessandra, in the previous comment! I'm using a friend's computer!

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  12. io adoro la papaya, la compro al mercato in un banco il cui proprietario è un signore originario dello SriLanka, laureato, che vende la frutta a Roma, ma ha delle papaye buonissime, solo che io quando ne apro una sono capacissima di mangiarla tutta... baci

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  13. Papaya lime mint salad looks colorful and delicious.

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  14. deve essere di una freschezza unica Alessandra! bellissima proposta, buona domenica...

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  15. Ciao Alessandra, che piacere scoprire il tuo blog stupendo, complimenti! Grazie di essere passata da me, lieta di conoscerti! Io amo la papaya ma non la compero mai; è immangiabile da queste parti, racchiude tutti i sapori..tranne che quello del frutto! A presto!

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  16. FAAAABULLOUS combination - in taste, colour, fragrance and texture!!

    Happy Mother's Day!!

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  17. Gosh! colourful and refreshing salad!

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  18. Bellissima e deliziosa. Ne sento il profumo e il fresco sapore :) Ottimo accostamento

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