Papaya is a fruit similar to mango in texture and is high in vitamin A and C. It’s creamy, juicy, and sweet, which makes a wonderful addition to salads, smoothies, and even savory dishes! Although it’s best eaten in the summer, we’ve rounded up our favorite papaya recipes so you can enjoy it all year long. Don’t forget to check out these recipes and many more on our Food Monster App!

1. Papaya Avocado Salsa

Papaya Avocado Salad

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This Papaya Avocado Salsa by Viktoria Radichkova is so refreshing! Juicy papaya and creamy avocado are the basis for this mildly sweet, and citrusy salsa that packs a ton of zesty flavors and tropical aromas. It’s a simple fruit salsa, packed with fresh flavors, and it couldn’t be easier to make. Just two main ingredients – papaya and avocado, with lots of cilantro and lime juice, plus some chopped scallions for a mild spicy accent, and you’ve got the tastiest salsa, ready in minutes.

2. Papaya Coconut Milk Curry

Vegan papaya coconut milk curry

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This Papaya Coconut Milk Curry by Sabrina Dietz is composed of fruity papaya along with tricolor quinoa and creamy coconut milk. It’s quick to make but tastes amazing. Don’t throw out the papaya seeds, either! They can be ground up into a spice to add along with the others.

3. Hawaiian Papaya ‘Rawnola’ Bowl

Hawaiian Papaya ‘Rawnola’ Bowl

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Meet your new favorite breakfast. This Hawaiian Papaya ‘Rawnola’ Bowl by Rachael Hutchings includes fresh Hawaiian papaya halves seasoned with fresh lime juice, filled with rawnola, and then topped with toasted coconut flakes. The creamy papaya is so good when paired with the rich, sweet, slightly crunchy (thanks to the macadamia nuts and cacao nibs) rawnola, and toasted coconut on top.

4. Spicy Papaya Salad with Smokey Roasted Peanuts

Spicy Papaya Salad With Smoky Roasted Peanuts

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This Spicy Papaya Salad With Smoky Roasted Peanuts by Mel McDonald is spicy (obviously!), fresh, and aromatic with a bit of crunch from a sprinkling of sweet and smoky roasted peanuts. When you are shopping for your papayas make sure you buy nice bright green ones. In most instances ripe fruit is best, but in this salad, aim for unripe green papaya. This salad keeps well in the fridge for a few days.

5. Papaya Coldadas

Papaya Coladas

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Extra thick, ice-cold and creamy, these Papaya Coladas by Lucie Javorska are a papaya twist on pina colada. They’re a refreshing, vitamin packed drink. Enjoy it as a morning smoothie or pour in some rum for a tropical party cocktail.

6. Papaya and Coconut Yogurt Breakfast

Papaya and Coconut Yogurt Breakfast

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Papaya is such a marvelous fruit. Full of living enzymes, it is great for digestion and is also full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin. A. It is high in fiber and folic acid, an anti-inflammatory, and also supports the immune system. Teamed up with coconut yogurt, which is full of gut-friendly bacteria, this Papaya and Coconut Yogurt Breakfast by Kelly Fielding is a wonderful combination and prescription for a happy belly.

7. Bulgur with Papaya and Pomegranate

Bulgur With Papaya and Pomegranate

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Feel free to enjoy this Bulgur With Papaya and Pomegranate by Lera Krasovskaya either heated up or chilled. It makes a simple recipe that you can toss together when you’re tight on time, but want something light and healthy.

8. Raw Papaya Apple Smoothie

Raw Papaya Apple Smoothie

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This Raw Papaya Apple Smoothie by Kibby Miller is a refreshing and nutritious smoothie that will start your day with amazing benefits and give you energy. You can top this smoothie with the suggested toppings, or feel free to mix it up and add your favorites instead.

9. Tropical Ceviche and Tangy Tofu

Tropical Ceviche and Tangy Tofu

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Ceviche is a perfect dish if you’re looking for a refreshing meal. This Tropical Ceviche and Tangy Tofu by Cara Carin features sweet melons like cantaloupe and papaya, crisp jicama, zesty lime and more! It is paired with tangy, tamari and maple glazed tofu.

10. Winter Glow Smoothie

Winter Glow Smoothie

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Don’t be fooled by this recipe; you can enjoy this amazing smoothie all year long! This Winter Glow Smoothie by Christina Clark is filled with leafy greens and fresh fruit to boot! Don’t let the green scare you away from it actually tastes very delicious. The smoothie is filled with bananas, papayas, lime juice, water, and 2 cups of dark leafy greens with enough nutrition to have your body smiling back at you for being so kind to it.

Papaya can be enjoyed all sorts of ways, so definitely add it to your plant-based diet. If you’re a super-fan of Papaya, try out these 8 Fresh Papaya Recipes!  But, not everyone loves papaya. If you find that you’re not super crazy about papaya, go ahead and try these 15 Magnificent Mango Recipes to Try!

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