Papaya Seed Vinaigrette in a jar.

Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing

Don’t throw away those seeds! Papaya seeds are good for you, and delicious drizzled over a salad in this Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing.

Papaya Seed Vinaigrette in a jar.
Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing

Don’t throw away those seeds! Papaya seeds are good for you, and delicious drizzled over a salad in this Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing.

Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Don't throw away those seeds! Papaya seeds are good for you, and delicious drizzled over a salad.

On our last day in Hawaii, I stepped onto our lanai, the floor beneath me still toasty from the sun’s intense gaze that day. I dropped into the chair, ate some melting ice cream and waited for the sun to begin its farewell. The sunrises and the sunsets are my favorite thing to do when I am on island time – perhaps because time is all mine when on vacation. There is nothing holding me back from spending an hour watching the sun dip lower into the ocean, peeking behind clouds that are tinged with brilliant orange purples, until nothing is left but darkness. The luxury of each minute is something I savor when we go away.

There is actually more to savor, than just time. Each moment with my family is something I cherish, each meal, each sip of good Kona coffee. I make it a point to enjoy fish for every possible meal, and to eat my fill of papayas and mangoes.

Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Save those seeds and put them in a tasty salad dressing!

But I learned something new on this trip. I never realized, until recently, that papaya seeds are edible! All these years, those mysterious looking seeds went straight into the garbage (now compost), and now I am making up for lost time. When I returned home, I wanted to recreate the Papaya Seed Vinaigrette that accompanied my salads, and I marveled at how the seeds, with it’s light bitterness, worked so nicely, along with fresh papaya, into this salad dressing. There may no longer be time for lazy sunsets and farewells to each day, but I can capture the island feel in a bottle of dressing. It should hold me over for a while…at least until we plan the next vacation.

Papaya Seed Vinaigrette Dressing | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Don't waste a bit of the papaya - the seeds are edible and delicious in this salad dressing!

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PAPAYA SEED VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

Save those papaya seeds and put them in a tasty salad dressing!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 99 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh papaya cut in cubes
  • 3 tablespoons papaya seeds and pulp
  • 4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place papaya, papaya seeds and pulp in a blender and puree until smooth. 

  2. Add the vinegar, agave nectar, Dijon mustard, ginger, salt and pepper and blend. 

  3. Add the olive oil and blend again. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

Nutrition Facts
PAPAYA SEED VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 82mg 3%
Potassium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 3g
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 6.7%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 0.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

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  1. Nichole

    Hawaii is for sure on my bucket list! I love poppyseed dressings, but have never had papaya seeds…this sounds so tasty!

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  2. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

    I loved seeing all your pics from your Hawaii trip. It looked so amazing! And Traci from Vanilla and Bean and I were just talking the other day about what could be done with papaya seeds and HERE YOU ARE with this recipe! This is so awesome. Definitely going to try it out soon!

    Reply
  3. Becky

    This is fascinating!!  What a fun idea to make a dressing from the seeds!  And your trip sounded and looked magical! 

    Reply
  4. LIz

    This is news to me, too! How nice to have a taste of the tropics with every bite of salad dressed with your fabulous vinaigrette.

    Reply
  5. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Liren, I had no idea you could eat papaya seeds and am totally intrigued! This dressing sounds like a great way to use them. I’m also wishing I could be lounging on a Hawaiian beach right about now :)

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Good question! In general, I keep homemade vinaigrettes stored in the refrigerator for a week. But I usually use them up way before then.

  6. Esteworld

    How nice to have a taste of the tropics with every bite of salad dressed with your fabulous vinaigrette

    Reply
  7. Kathy

    This looks very tasty! I log everything I eat into a Diet Program so I’m wondering whether you have seen NUTRITION FACTS for Papaya Seed. Please provide NUTRITION FACTS with your recipe if possible. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Hi Kathy, it is so challenging finding the nutritional values for papaya seeds specifically. I have added the nutrition facts for the recipe to the best of my ability, but without specific values from the USDA on papaya seeds, it is not as accurate as I would hope! If I ever obtain the values, I will be sure to update!

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