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Prep Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4-6

Great as a starter for your next barbeque or Asian-inspired feast, Papaya salad is an easy dish that can also satisfy the family for an easy dinner. Ready in 30 minutes or less, this refreshing salad is perfect for summer: light, zesty and a little sweet. And it’s a great time to give it a try with Bell Pepper on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Ingredients

Salad:
1 firm papaya
1 large carrot
1 red bell pepper

Topping:
1/2 cup roasted cashews
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 tsp brown cane sugar
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 bunch basil, chopped (about 1/4 cup)

Dressing:
1/2 cup cashew pieces
2 Tbs soy sauce
3 Tbs brown cane sugar
3 Tbs rice vinegar
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 lime, juiced

Instructions
Peel papaya with vegetable peeler. Seed papaya and shred into thin strands, or cut into thin matchsticks. (A mandolin works great for this process.) Peel and shred carrot, or cut into matchsticks. Cut bell pepper into about 2-inch-long pieces. Combine papaya, carrot and bell pepper in large bowl.

For the topping, coarsely grind roasted cashews, peanuts, brown sugar, black pepper and salt in small food processor or blender. Mix in basil. Set aside.

For the dressing, puree cashews, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ground black pepper and lime juice in food processor or blender until a paste forms. Pour dressing over vegetables; toss. Avoid overmixing.

Just before serving, sprinkle topping mixture on salad. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Calories Per Serving: 433, Fat: 25 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 342 mg, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 11 g

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Chef Tips

Green VS Orange Papaya
If you’re not familiar with papaya or you’re used to eating it fully ripened, you might think green papayas are a totally different fruit. They’re actually the same fruit: green is harvested when the papaya is immature, whereas orange papaya is picked when it’s fully ripened. Green papaya has a mild flavor similar to a cucumber, and is quite crisp. Ripe papaya on the other hand, has a soft texture with a dry, sweet flavor. You can make this salad with green or orange, just make sure the papaya is firm. Papaya that is soft to the touch and a deep orange color is over-ripe or has gone bad.

Papaya Salad Pairs
Papaya Salad is fantastic all by itself, but for those who prefer a heftier meal, there are a number of ways to enjoy papaya salad as part of a grander spread. You can choose to serve it as a refreshing starter to many light, summer dishes, pair it with grilled steak or fish, or with any number of Asian style noodle, curry, satay or rice dishes. For drinks, serve with ice, cold beer or a refreshing white like a Sauvignon Blanc.


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