Papaya Relish

July/August 1996, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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The relish is at its best served shortly after it is prepared.

Papaya Relish

Makes: 4 servings, about 1/3 cup each

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  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as sambal olek or
  • 1 firm papaya, peeled, seeded and diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

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  1. With the side of a chef’s knife, mash garlic with salt. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in vinegar, sugar and hot sauce. Add papaya, onion and cilantro; toss gently to mix.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Sambal olek, a mix of chiles, brown sugar and salt, can be found in the Asian section of some large supermarkets and at Asian markets.


Per serving: 43 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 314 mg sodium; 190 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 vegetable

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