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The taste of summer pronounced.

Asparagus Anise Papaya Salad

 The second installment in my summer Recipe D’Jour series is a great dish for picnics, light meals or as an appetizer.  This salad is rather easy to make and I feel it really brings out the tastes and smell of summer.  I served this up for an out door lunch about a week ago and it was most splendid.  The weather was gorgeous; clear sunny skys, 80 degrees F with a light breeze, who could ask for anything more?  With this Asparagus Anise Papaya Salad added to the mix it was pure dining perfection out on a raised veranda looking onto a charming courtyard with the relaxing sounds of a quaint little fountain at its center.  This fare was created to be served in the pulchritudinous of the outdoors.


Serving Size: 4
Total Cost: $14.00
Prep Time: 30-45 minutes


Ingredient List:

  • Dressing
    • Papaya Nectar – 1 cup
    • Vegetable Oil – 1/3 cup
    • Shallot – 2 tablespoons (minced)
    • Lime Juice – 1 ½ tablespoons
    • Macadamia Nuts – ½ cup (Chopped)
  • Salad
    • Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons
    • Garlic – 1 clove (minced)
    • Asparagus – 1 ½ lbs
    • Anise Bulbs – 2 (quartered)
    • Hawaiian Papaya – 2 (peeled, seeded, sliced)
    • Avocado – 4 (peeled, pitted, sliced)
    • Mixed Salad Greens – 1lb


Step 1: Make DressingPeel the papayas and cut in half.  Scoop out all seeds. After which scoop out remaining insides with a spoon and put into a bowl.  Mash up the inside with a bean masher.  Put into a small saucepan and add oil and shallots. Bring to boil. Then let simmer and reduce for around 6 minutes, while stirring constantly.  Simmer until you have a semi thick liquid, be sure not to over cook papaya nectar or your dressing will have a burnt taste to it.  Remove from heat and whisk in macadamia nuts, limejuice, salt and pepper to taste.

What your nectar reduction should look like

The finished dressing



Step 2: Grill Anise Bulbs and Asparagus – Fire up the BBQ.  Cut the anise bulbs into quarters, cut about a ¼ off the stems of the asparagus.  Dry rub in salt and pepper. Grill till both are adequately soft and slightly charred.


Your grilled vegetables

Step 3: Arrange the SaladCut the remaining papayas either into chunks or strips. I would recommend strips if you are making the plates, but chunks if you’re making the salad family style.  Peel and pit the avocados, then slice long ways.  Spread the salad greens equally around the base of the plate.  Next arrange the papaya, asparagus and avocado pieces in an alternating pattern.  Finally plate out two anise bulb quarters to each salad.  Drizzle dressing over it.

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Brown Rice Risotto In a Garlic Basil Sauce

This recipe could make a delightful vegetarian entrée or a splendid side dish to most meats.  I usually use it as a side dish and that is how I am portioning it as far as this blog is concerned.  Although as an entrée I would say used at this exact proportion it should feed four people comfortably.  Also feel free to add or subtract vegetables to suit your liking.  These were just the few I found worked the best for me.


Total Cost: $7.75
Feeds about 6-8 people as a side dish, 4 people as an entrée.

Ingredient List:

  • Brown rice – 1 ¼  cup
  • Zucchini – 1 Small Chopped
  • Yellow Squash – 1 Small Chopped
  • Sweet Onion – ½ Diced
  • Tomato – 15oz Diced
  • Garlic – ½ oz minced
  • Basil – 4 oz minced (Fresh)
  • Roasted Red Pepper – 5 oz Chopped
  • Brown Italian Mushrooms – 4 Chopped Julienne
  • Olive Oil  – two table spoons, 3 oz
  • Black Olives – 6 oz Chopped
  • Oregano – 1 ½ table spoons (Fresh or Dry)
  • Salt – 1 table spoon
  • Pepper – 1 tea spoon
  • Sage – 1 tea spoon
  • Butter – 1 table spoon


Step 1: Sautee Vegetables – In a large frying pan heat 1 table spoon of olive oil and 1 table spoon of butter, melt butter entirely in olive oil.  Combine Zucchini, Squash, Sweet Onion, Mushrooms, and red pepper.  Sautee on a high flame till soft.


Step 2: Brown Rice – In same frying pan as your sautéing vegetables pour in Brown rice and let it brown up a bit.  Cook for around five minutes stirring constantly.


Step 3: Create Basil Sauce – In a blender combine, Olive Oil (3oz), Basil, Garlic, Oregano, salt, Pepper and sage.  Blend till you have a liquid conformity.


Step 4: Cook the Rice – Pour Basil Sauce from step three and a cup and a half of water into frying pan with rice and vegetables.  Add diced tomatoes as well and Olives.  Cover and bring to a boil. Then let simmer for around 25-30 minutes or until rice has absorbed all of the water.


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