Healthy Papaya Recipes

Find healthy, delicious papaya recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Tropical Melon Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars
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Whir up cantaloupe with papaya and mango for a creamy smoothie with a taste of the tropics.

Green Papaya Salad

Rating: 4.33 stars
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This Thai-inspired salad makes use of the papayas that grow throughout Hawaii. This version is tossed with tender, sweet pea shoots. Make an extra batch of the vinaigrette to keep on hand in the refrigerator--use it as a marinade for vegetables, a flavorful dressing for fresh melon or as a sauce to splash over grilled fish or chicken.

Hawaiian Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars
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For the best taste and color, use a red-fleshed Hawaiian papaya for this exotic, lip-puckering taste of island summer. Papayas are loaded with papain, a digestive enzyme, so this smoothie is a good dessert to settle stomachs after a substantial meal.

Papaya and Feta Salad

Add a little of the exotic to the everyday life; this salad fits the bill beautifully! As odd as fruit with salty cheese might sound, this salad is amazingly refreshing and tasty. Try it with grilled fish, preferably at a table with a salty breeze and an ocean view on a hot summer day.

Papaya-Lime Sorbet

Rating: 3.67 stars
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In Mexico, papayas are served with a wedge of lime and a pinch of salt. This sorbet honors the sweet-tart combination and transforms it into an elegant dessert. It's like a tropical vacation in your mouth.

Papaya-Avocado Salad

Crunchy jicama and walnuts pair with creamy papaya and avocado for an unusual salad.

Papaya-Coconut Smoothie

Tropical fruits combine with coconut milk in this healthy smoothie recipe that's like a vacation in a glass.

Jamaican Jerk Shrimp with Papaya and Pineapple

Shrimp marinated with Jamaican seasonings, papaya, pineapple, and red sweet peppers make a wonderful small bite or appetizer.

Glazed Tropical Fruit Pie

Loaded with tropical fruits, this graham cracker-crusted pie is a refreshing end to any meal. For a delicious variation, substitute peeled, sliced peaches for the mango, papaya, or kiwi.

Thai Fruit Skewers

Tropical fruits are marinated in rich coconut milk and topped with mint and toasted coconut in this refreshing snack.

Tropical Fruit Bars

Chewy pineapple and papaya, tart lime and sweet coconut combine in an exotic fruit bar.

Dulce de Papaya con Jengibre y Cúrcuma (Candied Green Papaya with Ginger & Turmeric)

Papaya is one of the most common fruits grown in Puerto Rico. Here, the unripe fruit is candied, transforming it into a dessert that is often served with queso de país, a soft white farmer's cheese. The slices are traditionally prepared over an open fire, but we've translated the recipe for an indoor kitchen. Soaking the papaya in a baking soda solution prevents it from falling apart when cooked. The leftover spiced syrup is delicious added to cocktails or drizzled over ice cream.
By Verónica Quiles Maldonado
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Inspiration and Ideas

Papaya & Chile Chocolate Bark
With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain chocolate into a divine treat with this chocolate bark recipe. We stir dried papaya, pepitas and chile powder into this chocolate bark, which is perfect for a gift.
Shredded Pork with Fruit Relish
Boneless pork shoulder shreds easily after spending ten hours in the slow cooker. A fruit relish served with the cooked meat offers tropical taste to this entree. Serve it alone, or with warmed corn tortillas.

Sea-and-Shore Kabobs

Pork and shrimp kabobs, brushed with a refreshing citrus glaze and grilled to golden perfection, make an easy low-calorie recipe to serve as a main dish or appetizer.