Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing

Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing

Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing

Growing up we ate a lot of papayas. Mami used them to make aguas, smoothies, salads and nieve (ice cream).  They hold a special place in her heart since her father grew them in their backyard.  We always look forward to papaya paletas or thick slices of papaya with a hefty dousing of chile powder in the Summer.

These are the flavors of my childhood, the flavors I am drawn to, inspired by and the flavors I happily share with my children.

One of my favorite Spring salads includes papaya of course, but this papaya salad also includes a refreshing kiwi- lime dressing that ties it all together.  Slice your papaya paper thin to layer around the outside rim of the plate making a festive ring to add your spinach and remaining vegetables.  Blend your kiwis in a food processor or blender, but do not strain.  You’ll want to enjoy every last bit of kiwi flavor.  I serve this salad alongside roasted chicken or shrimp.

Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing recipe from


Tip: Toast the pepitas in the oven for a few minutes to release some of their natural oils. 



Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing

Yield: serves 2


  • 1 half of a medium papaya- peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ½ small yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ½ small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • Kiwi Lime Dressing (recipe follows)
  • 2 Kiwis, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Arrange the papaya slices around the outside of 2 salad plates. In the center of each plate add half the spinach, red cabbage, sliced cucumbers, diced yellow and red bell peppers.
  2. Drizzle with kiwi-lime dressing and sprinkle pepitas over the top of each plate.
  3. For Dressing:
  4. Combine kiwis, olive oil, lime zest and lime juice in blender or food processor.
  5. Blend until smooth, season to taste with salt and pepper





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