Papaya, avocado and prawn salad with a Rarotongan curry mayo

If you make nothing else on this blog, make this. It’s a winner and very simple! The flavors are like nothing you’ve ever had before as the sauce has curry powder, mint, lime and sweet chili sauce.
Being a Kiwi, I am naturally drawn to Pacific flavors and thanks to Annabelle Langbein (a New Zealand food writer) for sharing this recipe.


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Serves 6

Curry mayo—
1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
1/2 – 1 tsp good quality curry powder
1/2 – 1 red chilli, de-seeded, pith removed and minced
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp sweet Thai chilli sauce (sweet chilli sauce)
1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise (I use Best Food or Hellmans)

1lb prawns cooked and shelled. (Buy them raw and boil them briefly yourself, that way they won’t be overcooked)
2 just-ripe avocados, peeled and flesh chopped
1 papaya, peeled, de-seeded and flesh chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
rocket (arugula) or soft lettuce leaves

Stir the chopped mint, curry powder, chilli, lime juice and Thai sweet chilli sauce into the mayonnaise.

Add the cold cooked prawns and chill in the fridge until ready to serve (up to 24 hours)

Toss the avocado and papaya through the prawn mixture. Season wth salt and pepper.

Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves.