Papaya and Arugula Salad
Papaya is not as sweet as mango or peaches but it gives a salad great texture, flavor, and color. And peppery arugula is a perfect flavor mate. This is a wonderful salad to serve when people are serious about the wine they drink because there is no vinegar in the dressing to spoil the wine’s flavor, just walnut oil and a little lime or lemon juice, if you like. It is delicious with grilled flank steak, salmon, or Cuban-seasoned pork and chicken dishes.
BIG BATCH: This salad is quite easy to double and triple, just replenish it as needed and dress the salad each time. Or, make two or three platters—or one very large platter—of salad.
Go ahead, and place the arugula, papaya, olives, and onion on the platter and cover it with plastic wrap to tote.
Pour the walnut or olive oil in a small glass jar with the lime or lemon juice, if desired, and bring it separately.
The platter of salad can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. Season it with salt and pepper and drizzle the oil and lemon juice, if using, over it just before serving.
Preparation Time - Text20 to 25 minutes
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe Coursecold appetizer, side dish
Dietary Considerationcold appetizer, side dish
Taste and Texturefruity, savory, sweet
Type of Dishfirst course salad
- 1 package (5 to 6 ounces) arugula (about 6 loosely packed cups)
- 3 cups cubed ripe papaya (½-inch or bite-size chunks half of 1 large or 2 small papayas)
- 8 to 12 pitted kalamata olives
- ¼ cup finely slivered red onion
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 or 3 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil
- Juice of ½ lime or lemon (about 1 tablespoon; optional)
Arrange the arugula on a pretty platter or in a shallow bowl. Arrange the papaya cubes on top of the arugula. Scatter the olives and onion slivers on top.
Just before serving, season the salad with salt and pepper and drizzle the walnut or olive oil over it. If desired, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the salad. Serve at once.
2. Just before serving, season the salad with salt and pepper and drizzle the walnut or olive oil over it. If desired, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the salad. Serve at once.
2007 Anne Byrn