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.
- 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)
1. 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.
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.
Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving and 3 tablespoons walnut oil.