Shrimp and Papaya Salad – Quick, Easy and Healthy Recipes

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Shrimp and Papaya Salad is a perfectly healthy salad that can be made quickly and easily for lunch or dinner. Papaya is a tropical fruit with orange-colored, sweet flesh and edible seeds that have a pepper-like flavor. Often you can find it used in Asian, Thai, Caribbean, and Indian cuisines, either raw or cooked.

Papayas come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, the Hawaiian variety is smaller and pear-shaped, while the Caribbean and Asian papayas are large. All types are delicious, though, brimming with vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Besides being found in a variety of different cuisines due to its wonderful flavor, papaya is especially wonderful for anyone with a sensitive stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, or poor digestion. It contains a special digestive enzyme called papain, which is why the fruit is revered as a powerful digestive aid.

Shrimp and Papaya Salad


  • 1/2 pounds cooked bay shrimp
  • 1 papaya
  • 1 head butter or Boston lettuce
  • A few sprigs parsley
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt (to taste)

Directions for making Shrimp and Papaya Salad

Preparing the Shrimp:

Rinse the cooked shrimp under cold running water, pat dry with paper towels, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

How to cut a Papaya ?

Cut the papaya in half lengthwise, and 1) use the spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Peel off the skin with a paring knife and discard, then place the papaya cut side down on a cutting board. 2) Use a sharp knife to cut the fruit lengthwise into slices 1/2 inch wide, then slice those pieces crosswise into 1/2-inch chunks. Remember that ripe papaya is fragile, and will turn to mush if harshly handled.

Finishing the Salad:

  1. Rinse the lettuce leaves and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Rinse the parley and pat dry; remove the stems and discard. Finely chop the leaves.
  3. Arrange 2 or 3 lettuce leaves on each serving plate, making them into a bed for the salad.
  4. Stir the milk into the mayonnaise to thin it.
  5. Distribute the shrimp and papaya onto the 4 plates. Sprinkle on salt, drizzle the dressing over each serving, and scatter some chopped parsley on top. Serve.

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