I love making this as an appetizer if we're planning on having a heavy dinner - it's a light healthful treat made with papaya, tomato and red pepper in a lovely papaya seed dressing. Awesome with pieces of fresh baguette, crackers or tortilla chips.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut papaya in half and remove seeds. Reserve 2 tablespoons of seeds for the dressing. Peel and dice the papaya, and place in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes, red onion, red pepper and basil, and set aside.

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  • In a food processor or blender, combine the papaya seeds, sugar, wine vinegar, oil, mustard and green onions. Process until smooth and thick, and most of the seeds have broken up. Pour over the papaya mixture and stir to coat all of the ingredients. Serve with slices of baguette.

Nutrition Facts

263 calories; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 41.1g; fat 8.1g; sodium 372.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2004
This Brushetta was colorful and so tasty. Just prior to serving I drained some of the excess mositure. It was a real hit. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2007
Definitely a different take on one of my favourites bruschetta but I found it to be a little too sweet. I love papayas but the dressing ruined it for me. The sauce went all runny and by the time it was served I had soggy bread. Don't think I'll be making this one again. Read More
(15)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2004
This Brushetta was colorful and so tasty. Just prior to serving I drained some of the excess mositure. It was a real hit. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2004
Wish I could give this recipe more than 5 stars! My family loved it! Read More
(19)
Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2007
Definitely a different take on one of my favourites bruschetta but I found it to be a little too sweet. I love papayas but the dressing ruined it for me. The sauce went all runny and by the time it was served I had soggy bread. Don't think I'll be making this one again. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2009
I HATE papaya but we got some beautiful papayas as part of a Harry & David gift and I didn't want to waste them. This was surprisingly good! The tomato and vinegar offset the sweetness nicely. I recommend starting with no sugar but add gradually to taste. I was also very unsure of what the papaya seeds would add-- I didn't know you could eat them. Our learning: yes they're great as used here but don't eat them alone!;-) My daughter & I each crunched one before adding to the recipe. Don't try this at home. A little like crunching a black peppercorn. But in the blender as part of the dressing they add a very unusual peppery flavor like cracked pepper. For those who had problems with watery-ness: brush your baguette slices with a touch of olive oil (or spray lightly) and bake 5 min so they're good & crunchy and definitely drain the salsa before spooning on. Thanks for a unique light app that will be used several times this summer! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2009
The original idea is a good one but like many others I modified a bit. I don't eat processed or cooked food much so I used a good quality organic olive oil no sugar (addictive and highly processed) lettuce instead of bread (I am still looking for a good raw bread substitute and lettuce don't get soggy) and added dates to sweeten the sauce. It is true that a ripe papaya can make all the difference. Choose one that is mostly yellow soft but not mushy and heavy. Fresh ingredients are always best! I used basil tomato and papaya from my garden. With these adjustments it was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2010
This is a fantastic recipe! I have made it many times now and my family and friends love it. I add avacados which is good for more color and tastes good. Thanks so much for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2005
Delicious...I followed the recipe except I didn't use all the sugar. I took it to a party and it was a hit..Very healthy perfect for a summer crowd pleaser..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2008
Excellent; I used half the sugar and drained before serving and it was perfect. I halved the recipe and still had plenty for 8 people unless this were a whole meal I think the portions are a bit off. Would be great with mango too instead of the papaya. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2008
This was really yummy. I am going to rate it 5 stars even though I changed an ingredient (ok two). I didn't have any red wine vinegar so I used strawberry vinegrette and I used olive oil instead. Even if I would have followed it it would have been just as yummy- so try it! Read More
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