Shrimp And Papaya Salad

Very low in fat and with easily tolerated papaya and cilantro, this salad seems like an unusual combination. But only here in the United States. In the tropics, this is a natural combination that's both sweet and tart. The amount of acid has been reduced in the light dressing, and calories form added oil are also reduced.
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled (25-30 per pound)
  • 2 cup 1/4-inch diced papaya
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped scallions (as tolerated)
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, low acid if possible (as tolerated)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add shrimp and cook for about one minute, until just cooked through (do not overcook or the shrimp will be rubbery). Transfer the shrimp to a colander, drain, and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Halve shrimp vertically and devein.
  2. Toss shrimp, papaya, cilantro, carrot, and scallions, if using, in a large bowl to combine
  3. Divide the lettuce among 8 salad plates. Sprinkle been sprouts over them. Divide the shrimp and papaya mixture over the salads. Set aside
  4. Combine the olive oil and orange juice in a small bowl and whisk well. Drizzle this dressing over the salad. Sprinkle the salads with salt and serve.

Makes 8 servings