March 26, 2012

Mango Papaya Salad with Cashews

Last night I saw the movie Hunger Games. Naively thinking this movie was about food, I felt myself on the edge of my seat when I realized it was about a hunt for survival. Initially, I thought this movie would be recreating my worst nightmare, being chased in the woods by teenagers and terrifying pit bulls with rabies, fangs, and the ability to run extremely fast. And then I quickly realized that this movie actually was recreating my worst nightmare. If it hadn't of been for the never ending  box of popcorn, and milk duds, I may not have survived the intense nail biting terror I felt throughout this movie. 

disclaimer - the flourishing foodie often feels intense unpredictable and often non-related feelings during movies. It is important to note that she did cry at the end of How to Tame Your Dragon. In no way should you take her opinion of the movie and form your own. It is very important that you see the movie for yourself and make your own judgements. It is also important to note that the Flourishing Foodie did in fact love The Hunger Games, and is extremely excited for the next movie, as long as there's popcorn.

In other non-hunger related news, my kitchen has become a little more tropical. Tropical and spring-like. I picked up a gorgeous bunch of daffodils, which I am pretty sure have sent Mr. H into an allergy induced rage. Congested sinuses, migraines, and perpetual sneezing fits, have left him in a foggy pollen induced haze. Mr. H is basically allergic to nature and Spring. After a trip to the doctors, we are hoping they will be able to prescribe him a magic pill that will cure him of all his sneezing and coughing related pains. 

In the mean time, we will have to settle with mangoes and papaya. A little piece of tropical heaven. This salad can be eaten as salsa with chips and margaritas on the side. As topping on grilled fish or blackened shrimp. Enjoyed as a dessert with a dollop of yogurt or whipping cream. Any way you choose to eat this salad, you will be immediately transformed back to your favorite tropical getaway where the water is the most beautiful turquoise blue you've ever seen. The sand as white and soft as my sheets. The warm breeze, filled with the aroma of sweet flowers, salt from the oceans waves, and grilled fish on the barbecue.  Mango and papaya salad and tropical beaches is all I can think about these days. So magical. 

makes 4 servings

1 Hawaiian papaya (red), chopped
1 mango, chopped
1/2 red pepper, diced,
2 - 3 springs mint, leaves chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup cashews

In a large bowl, add the chopped papaya, mango, red pepper, and mint leaves.

In a separate jar, mix the lime juice and olive oil.

Drizzle on top of the salad and then top with cashews.

Serve as a salsa with tortilla chips, with grilled fish, or blackened shrimp.


  1. Daffodils started popping up like crazy in New York a couple weeks ago. I love them - I feel like they scream, 'spring'. I also love mango, papaya and cashews....and especially, The Hunger Games (regretably, I did not get popcorn or a chocolately snack)!

    1. I don't particularly enjoy the popcorn. It's more a force of habit. I do enjoy daffodils, and I'd imagine they'd be springing up with all the warm weather you are getting.

  2. Another wonderful recipe I want to try ASAP! I just need to hunt down a papaya. I'm also allergic to spring which I always seem to forget during the gloom of winter. Looking forward to seeing HG too, thanks for the heads up :-)

    1. No problem. Gotta hate allergies.