Tomato Papaya Salsa

Thursday, May 26, 2011

As I write this, my apartment smells insanely good due to the coffee cake that's sitting in the oven.  Since, I have no pictures and no "smell-o-vision" for this blog, that entry will have to wait.  For now, I thought I'd share one of my favorite salsa recipes with you.

Last year, one of my friends (who is a fitness guru/health nut) showered the praises of the papaya.  I was interested.  I had eaten some papaya before, but I'd certainly never cooked with it.  Looking around the "internets", I found a recipe for Tomato Papaya Salsa that looked pretty tasty.  And it was.  You can eat it with chips or serve it with fish...The recipe comes from


    • 1 cup diced tomatoes
    • 1 cup diced papayas
    • 1 tablespoon diced purple onions
    • 2 teaspoons diced purple onions
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1 dash hot sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well.
  2. Serve at room temperature.

I made a bit more this time and instead of throwing everything in a bowl and stirring, I put the cilantro and onions in my food processor and chopped them up.  Then I added the cilantro, sugar, cumin, salt & pepper & hot sauce and pulsed a bit more.  Tossed in the tomatoes and pulsed a few seconds.  I threw the papaya on top and pulsed a just bit more.  This meant I didn't have to dice or chop anything.  SO EASY!

Of course, I did have to prep the papaya.  Cut it in half...and scoop out the seeds:


Once you have the seeds removed, take a paring knife and peel off the skin. I guess you could peel it beforehand, but this one was particularly ripe and juice went everywhere.  Easier to peel later:


I skipped a few picture steps here, but this is after the majority of ingredients had been through the processor and I was ready to chop up the papaya:

Tomato & Papaya Salsa

And it's done!  I swear, half the fun of this recipe (aside from the taste) is enjoying all the beautiful colors that come together.

Tomato & Papaya Salsa

And today's lesson, kids? Don't go to the grocery store without a list or you end up with a lot of crap you really don't need (but the cup is awesome and who could resist a tiny fry pan big enough to cook one egg AND it was on clearance!):



Angie's Recipes said...

This is such a refreshing and deletable salsa!

From the Kitchen said...

If this is half as good as your photos show, it will be delicious!


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