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Papaya Salad

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Papaya Salad has never tasted better when combined with fresh strawberries, feta cheese, and a light homemade dressing.

The perfect summer lunch idea, this salad recipe is not only refreshing but also brings in all the fresh summer fruits before they pass to a new season.

fresh summer salad on a white plate.

Why You Will Love Making Summer Salad Recipes

Using Fresh Summer Produce: Bringing in all the best summer has to offer, the sweet taste of strawberries and papaya combined with crisp green spinach leaves is the perfect tangy and sweet combination for poolside lounging.

10-Minute Lunch: Everyone gets sick of PB&J, and this is one of the best summer salad recipes that only takes minutes to combine before you enjoy it!

There’s no need to go out to Panera Bread or your local salad and sandwich shop to get all those fantastic flavors.

FRESH INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Summer Fruit: papaya and strawberries
  • Vegetables: cucumber, tomato, diced red onion, sliced thin
  • Herbs: chopped fresh cilantro
  • Dressing –  lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, and ancho chili powder.
  • spinach leaves
  • Feta cheese
papaya salad with spinach and strawberries.

How to Make Papaya Salad with Strawberries and Feta

  1. Mix well in a mixing bowl with papaya, strawberries, spinach, cucumber, tomato, onion, and cilantro. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, and chili powder. Whisk well.
  3. Drizzle on top of the salad and mix well to combine evenly.
combining strawberry and salad dressing.
  1. Serve immediately topped with feta cheese or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Stir well before serving, and top generously with crumbled feta cheese.

Easy Papaya Salad Variations

While feta and strawberries pretty much go together like a perfect marriage, other cheese options that complement this salad combination are goat cheese and blue cheese crumbles.

Switch it up! Try adding blueberries for a splash of savory flavor or grilled chicken for a little protein.

Toppings: Everyone loves a little crunch to their salad, whether sunflower seeds, mini crunchy onions, dried cranberries, raisins, or homemade croutons.

Strawberry and spinach salad recipe also goes great with mint leaves and varying dressings like Poppyseed dressing or champagne vinaigrette.

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Papaya Salad with Strawberries and Feta


Prep Time 15 minutes
Summer salad recipe with fresh strawberries and papaya is a gorgeous way to enjoy a light, crisp and refreshing lunch. Perfect bright pairing can be enjoyed by itself or alongside a picnic burger.

Ingredients
 

Papaya & Strawberry Salad Ingredients

  • ½ fresh Papaya seeds removed, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 2 cups ripe strawberries  quartered
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 small cucumber quartered
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • ¼ red onion sliced thin
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles

Homemade Dressing

  • cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  •  ancho chili powder optional, to taste

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine cubed papaya, quartered strawberries, spinach leaves, quartered cucumber, diced tomato, sliced red onion, and fresh cilantro leaves. Mix well. 
  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, and optional chili powder. Whisk dressing together well.
  • Drizzle dressing on top of spinach strawberry salad and mix well to evenly combine.
  • Serve immediately topped with feta cheese.
  • Please note – if not serving immediately, wait till serving to combine dressing and feta.

Notes

Papaya SALAD VARIATIONS
Switch it up! Try adding blueberries for a splash of savory flavor or grilled chicken for a little protein. 
Toppings – Everyone loves a little crunch to their salad, sunflower seeds, mini crunchy onions, dried cranberries, raisins, or homemade croutons.
Strawberry and spinach also go great with mint leaves and varying dressings like Poppyseed dressing or a champagne vinaigrette. 
While feta and strawberries pretty much go together like a perfect marriage, other cheese options that complement this salad combination are goat cheese and blue cheese crumbles. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1034IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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