If you are after a fresh, summery salad, this is a great one to try. It combines paw paw, heady and sweet, with fresh elements like cucumber and tomato to make an exciting side dish. The port in the dressing accentuates the paw paw brilliantly and this surprised even me, as I’m not usually a fan of fruit in savoury foods. A beautiful and colourful addition to any table!
1 medium sized, very sweet pawpaw, cubed
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
2 tsp chopped onion
½ tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 lemon or lime juiced
50ml port wine
200ml olive oil
Salt and black pepper
In a large bowl, squeeze the lemon or lime juice onto the pawpaw and mix well. This will keep the pawpaw bright and fresh.
Add the tomatoes, cucumber and onion and mix it all in to create the salsa.
Now make the port dressing. Combine the port, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and black pepper in a jar with a lid. Give it a good shake until the ingredients are well combined.
Pour the port dressing over the salsa and sprinkle with the rosemary.
Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is from Season 1 Episode 9 of Minjiba Entertains, commissioned by The Africa Channel and showing on RealTime DSTV Channel 155, Emirates in-Flight Entertainment, Amazon Prime, and Demand Africa.