Papaya avocado salsa – juicy papaya and creamy avocado are the basis for this mildly sweet, and citrisy salsa that packs a ton of fresh, zesty flavors and tropical aromas.
Today’s post features an old, tried and true recipe, and one of my absolute favorites. It’s a simple fruit salsa, packed with fresh, citrus flavors, and it couldn’t be easier to make. Just two main ingredients – papaya and avocado, with lots of cilantro and lime juice, plus some chopped scallions for a mild spicy accent, and you’ve got the tastiest salsa, ready in minutes.
With its clean, mildly sweet taste, this salsa is the perfect side to accompany delicate fish like mahi-mahi, tilapia or dover sole, as well as grilled shellfish. It can also be served on its own, as a light appetizer.
Both the papaya and avocado have similar texture – creamy, soft and juicy, and they are in perfect harmony here. Even if you are not a fan of papaya (it may have a funny smell sometimes), this recipe may convert you to a papaya lover. The stronger and more fragrant cilantro aroma, and the sweet, tropical scent of limes dominate the flavors, and what’s left of the papaya is a gentle fruity sweetness! A few years ago I was having a papaya obsession moment, and I ate it for breakfast and snack all the time, in its pure, raws tate, and when I got a little tired, I came up with this salsa recipe to switch things up.
Papayas are super good for you – they are chock full of vitamin C, A, and B, and rich in the enzyme papain which has long been used to help stomach problems, bloating and indigestion. That’s all great except that papayas are one of the first GMO crops, and about 70% of the fruit is GMO. I haven’t seen a papaya, labeled organic, but I usually buy the ones from Latin markets, which are imported from Mexico, so I like to believe they are non-GMO. Here’s a good article from Onegreenplanet.com that describes which sorts are non-GMO if you care about this.
A note about the lime juice – this salsa soaks up a lot of it, and the more you let it sit, the more lime it needs – so you may end up using anywhere between 2/3 – 1 full cup of lime juice.
Here’s another fabulous fruity salad with watermelon, jicama, mint and raspberries, for your summer routine.
Papaya avocado salsa - juicy papaya and creamy avocado are the basis for this mildly sweet, and citrisy salsa that packs a ton of fresh, zesty flavors and tropical aromas.
- 1 medium papaya
- 2 avocados
- 1/2-1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (from 7-8 limes)
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- pinch of salt
Chop the peeled papaya, and avocado to equal size pieces (about 1/4" big).
Add the chopped scallions, and cilantro, and pour the lime juice over.
Add a pinch of salt, gently mix, and add more lime juice if needed.