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Mango-Papaya Salad – Caribbean Trio #1

Mango-Papaya Salad 1This first recipe in my tropical island trio is a simple and delicious fruit salad combo. It’s a refreshing accompaniment to spicy Caribbean jerk (yes, #2  in my trio will be a jerk recipe). What makes this salad unique, other than the fruit, is allspice and ginger in the dressing. Both spices are common throughout the Caribbean, as are many other spices that we typically think of for baked goods — nutmeg, cinnamon etc. Also, you can see in my photos that mangos and papayas vary in color from yellow to orange depending on their country of origin, variety, and ripeness.
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Mango-Papaya Salad

Makes 6 servings
2       Tbsp. Nakano seasoned rice vinegar – 0riginal
1        Tbsp. packed brown sugar
Dash  each ground allspice &  ginger
1-2    mangos
1        papaya
1/2    cup sliced celery (1-2 stalks)
1       Tbsp. finely diced red onion
6       leaves Boston or bibb lettuce

Combine seasoned rice vinegar, brown sugar, and generous dashes of allspice and ginger; stir to dissolve sugar. Cut mango and papaya into cubes. Use about 4 cups fruit for this salad.  Combine fruit, celery and onion in a medium bowl. Pour dressing over fruit and stir. Serve in individual lettuce cups.

Nutrition information per serving: 60 calories, 0g protein, 15g carb, 0g fat, (0g sat. fat), 0mg chol, 90mg sodium, 2g fiber

Recipe by Rita Held for Nakano. Top photo by Rita; photo below by Suzanne Carreiro Mango Papaya Salad 2

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4 Comments

  1. Posted June 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Nakano is the only rice vinegar I’ll buy! I love this recipe with the spices – I’ll definitely have to try 🙂

    • Posted June 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      Great, Susan. Perhaps try it with my pork jerk recipe coming up. ooops.. wimpy veg

      • Posted June 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        I might not do that, LOL, but it would be great with a quinoa pilaf. Same thing, right?

        • Posted June 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

          Ahh… sure it’s the same as jerk :o) Btw, #3 in my trio will be authentic sofrito, the Puerto Rican way.

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