Papaya-Ginger Smoothie

Photo: James Baigrie

Papaya has a slight muskiness that makes it a good partner for both mild and assertive ingredients. Coupling it with mint gives this quick-to-fix smoothie a bright, clean taste.


  • 2 ½ cups papaya (Solo or Mexican) chunks

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • 16 fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish


  1. Refrigerate papaya until very cold, at least 1 hour or overnight.

  2. Blend papaya, ice, yogurt, ginger, honey, and lemon juice in a blender. Add up to 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is smooth and thinned to desired consistency. Blend in mint leaves. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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