I made this salad for a potluck on Saturday and quickly grabbed some pictures before I packed it “to go”! The dominant ingredient is ripe luscious papaya. Team it with some beans, spring onion, cherry tomatoes, peppers, fresh mint, cilantro and you have a picture perfect salad that is easy on the eye. Toss this together with some zesty Italian Dressing and you have a flavorful salad that will woo you away. This is easily one of my favorite salads and I love it
Nutrition Wise !
Just a note about three bean salads. The reason these are nutritionally popular is because each bean has its own specific nutrient especially in terms of amino acids and bringing them together give you a veritable bean powerhouse! Beans are chock-full of antioxidants and bursting with fiber.. sooo good for you! Bring on the beans!! When using canned beans just remember to rinse, rinse & rinse again. This takes away most of the flatulence-producing stuff and the excess sodium. You can use fresh beans. Just soak them overnight and cook them a little before adding to the salad.
A note about papaya: High in vitamin A , it also has a special enzyme called papain that is the perfect digestive enzyme. It soothes the tummy and aids in digestion. My first blog post ever was about a natural meat tenderizer using green papaya.
Home- made Zesty Italian Dressing :
Combine 1 cup vinegar + 1&1/2 cups olive oil + 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 3 pods fresh garlic (crushed) + 1/2 tsp onion powder or 2 tsps onion paste +1/2 tsp pepper + 1/2 tsp chilli flakes + 1/2 tsp dried parsley + 1/ 2 tsp salt
If you like papaya check out my soothing papaya ginger smoothie !!
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