Today, we are returning from our nine day stint in Oahu, Hawaii. Besides the beautiful sunsets, warm water and bountiful beaches, Hawaii, also offered inspiration in the kitchen! We rented a house on the North Shore of Oahu, the perfect retreat from city life. There isn’t a corporate chain for miles, instead, local bakeries and restaurants line the streets with hand-carved, wooden signs. It became a welcome respite from the LA scenery.
The house we rented, not only came with a washer and dryer (BD in my life), but a lime and papaya tree … complete with a fruit picker!! I didn’t even know there was such a thing; I’m a city girl through and through.
Now, I don’t know about you, but on vacation, I live on chips and salsa! It’s my favorite indulgence! Inspired by the local spirit of hand crafted coffee and pastries, I thought I’d make my own, using the fruit of the land… literally. Papaya Jalapeno Salsa was the result of my inspiration. It was tested and approved by my significant other, who is quite the foodie, so I felt ok about sharing it. It’s so easy to make and the sweetness from the papaya mixed with the heat of the peppers is so darn good.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 to 2 papayas, depending on their size
- ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
- ½ large red onion
- finely Jalapeno/Serrano pepper depending on your preference
- 1 cup Lime Juice
- 1 to 2 avocados
- Salt to taste
Chop all ingredients and mix together, salt to taste and let chill for about 35 minutes.
The best part about salsa is that it’s art. There aren’t exact measurements, it’s all about tasting and adding, my favorite way to cook! I used equal parts avocado and papaya, half of a jalapeno, a healthy handful of cilantro, one fresh squeezed lime with about 6 shakes of salt. Aloha and enjoy!!