Nothing like a cool and refreshing summertime salsa to tantalize the taste buds, so we decided to top our flaky salmon with just that - a cool and refreshing papaya salsa. New to papaya? Here's what you've been missing. Papaya is a melon-like fruit with yellow-orange flesh rich in vitamin A and C. Some say it is the healthiest fruit around, and it just so happens to pair with salmon perfectly.
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Prepare the Ingredients
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with foil. Rinse all vegetables and herbs and pat dry. Chop the garlic. Stem and chop the cilantro. Peel the papaya, remove seeds and chop into ¼" dice. Peel the red onion and dice. Slice the lime in half. Chop the jalapeño and red bell pepper into a small dice. Rinse and pat dry salmon.
Roast the Asparagus
Trim woody ends off asparagus and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place baking sheet in oven and roast for 7-9 minutes, or until asparagus is beginning to brown and becomes fork tender. You can also cook on the grill if you decide to grill the salmon.
Mix the Salsa
In a mixing bowl combine chopped red onion (to taste), chopped garlic, diced red bell pepper, diced jalapeño (to taste), papaya, and cilantro. Squeeze in juice of the lime (to taste) and combine. Add a pinch of salt. Place in the refrigerator to cool until plating.
Cook the Salmon
Heat a sauté pan over medium to high heat. and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Season salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper and add the salmon to the pan. Cook on each side for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown and flesh is firm and flaky (this also tastes great grilled!).
Plate the Dish
Place the papaya salsa in the middle of the plate. Place salmon on the salsa and then top the salmon with the asparagus.
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