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Papaya Shrimp Lettuce Wraps


  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil or 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped 
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pickled jalapeno pepper, minced (or less, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar, to taste
  • 1 small papaya, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, cooked
  • fish sauce, to taste
  • 24 butter lettuce leaves


    1. In a non-reactive bowl, mix together the lime juice, balsamic vinegar, basil or cilantro, green onion, garlic, jalapeno, and brown sugar.
    2. Stir in the cubed papaya and shrimp, then the fish sauce to taste. Pour into shallow dish and surround with the butter lettuce leaves. Use the lettuce leaves to scoop up the papaya mixture and hold to eat.
    3. Good additions are cooked bean threads, thinly sliced cucumber, julienned carrot, or perhaps bean sprouts.

Adapted from Food

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