These delicately floral, fruity salads are built on individual lettuce leaves, making them easy to pick up and eat.
Recipe: Papaya and Avocado Salads with Hawaiian Vanilla Vinaigrette
Papaya ― Small and pear-shaped, with finely grained yellow-orange flesh, the Hawaiian papaya is delicious and fragrant, and can be used to tenderize meat. Ripen the fruit at room temperature until skin is mostly yellow and flesh “gives” a little when squeezed.
Vanilla Bean ― Hawaii’s tropical weather transforms its vanilla blossoms into the most aromatic beans in the world. The high price stems from the fact that every vanilla orchid must be pollinated by hand on the one day each year when the flower opens.