Papaya Fruit Salad with Mint-Orange-Lime Dressing

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This papaya fruit salad recipe is perfect for spring! It is a preview on what’s to come with the weather and always gets me excited for warmth and sunshine!

Papaya Fruit Salad

Bowl of Sunshine:

We had a little bit of a tease the last few weeks here in Indiana. It got up to 65 and sunshine. My husband and I resumed our lunch hour walks around the lake neighborhood and started thinking of our spring planting planning projects. Around this time of year, I am just so done with the all of the gray. I’m ready for beaches, sunshine, sunglasses and tunes on the radio. I also want all things tropical!! That is where this papaya salad comes in.

Salad history:

I first made this papaya fruit salad as a final project in my nutrition class while in college. We were all assigned a nutrient and had to build a recipe around that nutrient. I had pulled vitamin C and had thoughts of oranges. But while researching potassium, I found out that papaya and kiwi had a higher vitamin C count. So, I decided to make a fruit salad with vitamin C rich fruit and loved the outcome. I don’t exactly remember where I saw the original recipe but I do remember that in those days I had a cooking light subscription. It is possible that I saw a similar recipe in there. What I do remember most was that it had an orange juice and mint dressing that I really enjoyed. Also, I remember on the day I presented my recipe to the class, my bowl of fruit with it’s juices leaked all over the tote bag I was carrying it in (it was such a mess). I was glad that other students tried it and gave positive feedback despite the presentation. I also got an A, so I will chalk that up as a win. LOL.

Ingredients:

This is my go-to salad when my husband or I are sick or when we just want to feel like we are on a tropical island somewhere. It’s so good. I also like playing around with different fruit sometimes. Next time I think I will add dragonfruit to make the other colors really pop!

Besides papaya, this recipe includes honeydew, cantaloupe, mangos, kiwi and red raspberries. Then I take a whole orange and squeeze it over the fruit, as well as one full lime and honey or agave. Lastly, I chop up about 9 or 10 mint leaves and sprinkle over everything. I mix up all the fruit, cover and place in the fridge for a couple of hours for all the flavors to meld and then serve. It’s delicious!!

If you like this recipe, try our other fruit salad recipe, called fruit salsa. It’s a great berry salad.

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Papaya Fruit Salad


  • Author: Elena
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This papaya fruit salad recipe is perfect for spring! It is a preview on what’s to come with the weather and always gets me excited for warmth and sunshine!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 medium to large papaya
  • 2 ripe mangos
  • 1 small honeydew
  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • 6 ripe kiwi’s
  • 6 ounces of red raspberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons of honey or agave

Instructions

  1. Chop all large fruit (except for orange and lime) into cubes and place in a large bowl.
  2. Place red raspberries on top.
  3. Squeeze the whole lime and whole orange over top of the fruit in the bowl.
  4. Chop mint leaves and spread on top.
  5. Mix well and refrigerate for up to an hour before serving.

Notes

  1. The amount of honey or agave will depend on the ripeness of the fruit. So taste as you go!
  2. Add some cubed dragonfruit for a wow factor at BBQs!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Chop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: papaya

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Elena

Elena

I'm Elena, the driving spirit behind Savor Paradise, where the Culinary Travel Lifestyle meets unique Airbnb experiences. Join me in a flavorful journey, discovering exceptional recipes and hidden Airbnb gems, as we embrace the adventure of culinary travel.

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