Friday, February 17, 2012

Papaya and Feta

So, last week I picked papaya and feta for Zoe to try. Zoe had a love-hate relationship with papaya, but I'm pretty sure she loved feta. Considering she wouldn't eat anything else on her plate after having a bite. I guess she is Greek after all.

I added that they probably wouldn't be given at the same time - especially considering my horrible combinations in the past. Right after that, I searched recipes for papaya since we had an abundance, and look what I found!

Papaya salad WITH feta from Ingrid Hoffman - see the original here

Here was my version

2.5 cups diced papaya
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup crumbled feta

I added some thinly sliced red onion and we all agreed that we preferred it with the onion. I also think it needed more acid, probably some balsamic vinegar for the next time I make it. Just whisk the oil, honey, and lime and pour over the papaya, mint, and onion. Add the feta just before serving. I added it too early and let it sit so it certainly didn't look so pretty 20 minutes later.

This was the first time I ever bought a papaya, and they are crazy looking inside.

This recipe reminded me of another feta and fruit combination we had a couple of summers ago which was watermelon, feta, balsamic vinegar, and basil. We took it on a picnic and it was delicious!

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