Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Who knew I LIKED Papaya....

Tonight I ventured out into new to me territory ~ I tried Papaya. I am not sure if I have ever tried it or not...I've had it in juices, but, I think that was all. I have to say it was pretty funky cutting it in half and seeing the black fish egg looking seeds inside (I should have taken a picture to share!) So, I found one online courtesy of The Daily Green to show you all.


I like how sweet papaya is even if the flavor does sort of remind me like perfume. It worked perfectly in tonight salad for creating a sweet/salty/savory salad.

Curried Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Papaya & Pumpkin Seeds


6 oz marinated, grilled chicken breast or fish (I picked chicken!) - see below for marinade*
5 oz baby spinach
1/4 c roasted & salted pumpkins seeds (OMG ~ I LOVED this!!!)
1 papaya, chopped

And the Best Curry Dressing I've ever had.

1.5 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Water

Whisked together and drizzle over your salad. I only used about 1/4 of this recipe on my salad.

The book gives you two options to marinate your chicken/fish whenever you grill it. I chose the quickest one.

* Easy Lime Marinade

1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 2 limes (I used 1 lemon & 1 lime b/c I am out of limes)
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

I LOVED how tasty and light this marinade was on the chicken. I imagine you could use any combination of citrus in the recipe.


MMMMMM, papaya & pumpkin seeds!


I am not a big spinach salad fan, but, this was an amazing salad. It really tasted like a fancy restaraunt salad and it was so simple to make ~ LOVED it!

After I downed my salad, I moved on to the soup of the day, Roasted Tomato & White Bean Soup. Get the recipe for this soup by clicking HERE.


We both really liked this soup, but, I think next go round, I wouldn't blend it all - maybe only like 1/3 of the recipe.

I threw dessert in with dinner tonight but actually have slowly nibbled it throughout the night....1 c of the sweetest pineapple. It was the perfect end to another successful day.


All together, here is my HUGE dinner plus dessert that was completely satisfying and definitely not "diety" in any way.


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  1. I tried papaya for the first time recently, and I didn't like the first few bites. Then it really grew on me! That salad looks delicious-- I don't eat chicken, but I'd love to try it with fish! I'm definitely saving this recipe. The flavor combo sounds great :D

  2. I've always wanted to try papaya! It looks so delicious! And I love your salad. So many healthy, yummy ingredients. Sounds PERFECT! :)

  3. Your salad looks soo good!! I'm not a huge fan of papaya though :/ thanks for the shoutout about my giveaway!!

  4. I'm glad to her you're putting the soup recipe up because it sounds delicious!!

  5. That salad looks amazing! I love fresh papaya!

  6. hey did you know that june is national papaya month?! how fitting! that is such a neat twist on the spinach salad. the dressing recipe is note worthy, i think i have all the ingredients for that!

  7. Anne ~ You could definitely use the entire recipe using fish - just use the marinade and it's all the same. I bet even shrimp would be good if you eat that.

    health ~ It really was a delicious salad...It is a definite keeper in my book. I never thought I'd like papaya but it worked well in this recipe.

    Healthy on the run ~ you could always use mango or cantaloupe in the recipe with awesome results too.

    K - I promise soup recipes coming soon - I just need to find some time to type them up.

    C.G ~ it was so easy and flavorful - it's a good mystery ingredient thing :D LOL

    Janetha ~ I wish I knew that - I would've included it in my post :D Thanks for the heads up though...I do think you will love the dressing.