A total craving for Green Papaya Salad lured me out into the cold and windy day, on the hunt for green papaya. I love my local China town – it’s always full of life, hectic, intense, full of colors, smells and hints of adventure. Then, the sun came out, and what more can you really ask for?
I found the freshest and most beautiful green papaya fruit, a deliciously sweet pineapple, fresh herbs, big juicy oranges, tangy lime fruit and dried cranberries. That’s when I knew I was fully ready to go home and create a delicious Green Papaya Salad.
Green Papaya Salad
1/2 green papaya
1/4 fresh sweet pineapple
1 big orange
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh basil
1 bunch fresh mint
A handful of cranberries
Cut the papaya and the pineapple into julienne strips and cut the orange into fillets. Wash and finely chop the herbs, mix everything in a bowl. Add a handful of dried cranberries
3-4 sps of maple syrup or agave
1 -2 cloves of garlic
some freshly grated ginger
Squeeze the lime, add maple syrup, squeeze garlic and grate some fresh ginger – mix well.
Pour the marinade over the salad and enjoy!