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April 22, 2015

Sweet Chili Paw-Paw and Pineapple Salad

Delicious, refreshing salad, packed with fruit and very kid-friendly !  {Have leftovers for breakfast ;-)  }

This Sweet Chili Paw-Paw and Pineapple Salad is one of our favorites and leftovers make a delicious breakfast.

Many South-Africans I know, enjoy a slice or three of Paw-Paw with their dinner, only the Paw-Paw - it is added as a side dish or I suppose one could call it salad, but with only one ingredient, I am not sure that qualifies as a salad.

Delicious, refreshing salad, packed with fruit and very kid-friendly !  {Have leftovers for breakfast ;-)  }

Anyhow, to be a little fancier, or to actually want a salad in the full sense of the word, we like a fruity salad, especially when we have a BBQ, add some Pineapple, Onions and a few more ingredients and you have a delicious, colorful salad.

There is quite a bit of chopping and cubing in this Paw-Paw and Pineapple Salad, but after that is done, it is toss together and serve. I like to serve this salad ice-cold. The colder the better, not sure why, but Paw-Paw just taste much better when well chilled.

One thing I remember my kids doing when they were little, was to push all the Bell Pepper to the side, they never liked it raw, but since they are older {and a bit wiser !}, both love this salad as is with all the ingredients.

A little tidbit about Paw-Paw and me : when I was expecting Cheri - many moons ago - a colleague of mine at the time, was also pregnant were her first baby. Let me tell you, it is not a good thing putting two pregnant women together all day. We had Paw-Paw almost every day for lunch... now you might think, that's okay. No it was not okay ! We had a large Paw-Paw, sliced in half, all seeds removed and filled with ice-cream ! Ice-cream, of all things for lunch ... so not good for the figure, nevermind the growing tummies !

Sweet Chili Paw-Paw and Pineapple Salad


1 Large Paw-Paw {Papaya, peeled, de-seeded and cubed
1 Large Pineapple, peeled and cubed
3 Spring Onions, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
2 TB Fresh Mint Leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce {or Salad Dressing}


1.) Toss all the ingredients, except the Sauce/Dressing, in a mixing bowl - transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with the Sweet Chili Sauce or Salad Dressing.

Serve well chilled and keep leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Delicious, refreshing salad, packed with fruit and very kid-friendly !  {Have leftovers for breakfast ;-)  }

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  1. Ice cream for lunch?! You have to live a little every now and then! :) I have heard of paw-paw, but I don't think I have ever had it?! Your salad looks so yummy! I will have to see if I can find some paw-paw to make this!

  2. Now I wouldn't have thought of that combo but now you've done it I can see how well it works. Pinnning to my recipes to try board. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  3. What a fantastic array of fresh flavors you have, going on with this one; and so pretty to boot!

  4. This is such a beautiful salad! Will recommend it to my family who loves Papaya! :)

  5. This salad is fantastic! I love the combination of the fruit and veges! And that chili sauce addition... YUM!

  6. This is so up my alley. I have to try this one at my next BBQ. Love the fruit mixed with the spice.

  7. I totally agree, this fruity salad is perfect next BBQ! Pinning to try.


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