Papaya is a delicious fruit! Do not let anyone convince you otherwise 🙂 I like papaya a lot, but unfortunately it is quite heavy and can get expensive. Luckily, this weekend I found it on sale for under a $1 a pound and got myself a 3 lb deliciously smelling and tasting papaya. I usually eat it as is or maybe sprinkled with some lime juice, but on my way home from work tonight I was craving a salad and decided the sweet papaya could go well with some salty prosciutto..and it did! I also added some feta and it wasn’t only because of my obsession with feta :-), it actually goes quite well with the papaya, but you could probably use some parmesan as well.
Papaya is rich in vitamin A and C and a good source of dietary fiber. According to wikipedia it is used to treat digestive issues, but also to treat cuts and rashes. Apparently, during the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Harrison Ford was treated for a ruptured disk with papain (enzyme from papaya) injections. The things you learn from wikipedia 🙂 Bottom line, eat papaya, it can be good for you!
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 – 2 cups papaya chunks
- 1 slice of prosciutto cut in slices
- 1 – 2 Tb crumbled feta cheese
- olive oil, lime juice (from 1/4-1/2 lime) and freshly ground pepper
Place spinach on a plate. Top with papaya, prosciutto and feta cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice. Sprinkle some ground pepper and serve with a glass of white wine while waiting for the sunset 😉