Sweet and Savory Quinoa and Papaya Salad

Have you introduced any new foods into your life recently?

Maybe you’ve given fennel a try?

What about coconut flour?

Or, maybe you gave kale a run for it’s money green(y)? [haha worst joke ever. I swear I’m actually funny in real life]

While I was studying nutrition, I took it upon myself to buy something new at the supermarket each week and try to cook with it.

Although there were many flops along the way, I was introduced to amazing ingredients like millet, medjool dates, and even avocado – if you can believe it!

I can honestly say it’s been awhile since I’ve tried a new ingredient, so when I saw this salad recipe made from blended papaya seeds, I knew I had to give it a try.

Did you know that papaya (seeds and all) contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins? It’s generally used in digestive enzymes along with bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple.

But what I didn’t know was that you could eat the seeds, and that these little black gelatinous balls have some pretty amazing health benefits to boot!

  • Papaya seed extract may protect the kidneys from toxin-induced kidney failure.
  • The have some powerful antibacterial properties that may be effective against staph, e. coli, and salmonella infections.
  • May effectively eradicate intestinal parasites. I bet you could take these while on a candida diet, then donate the fresh papaya to a friend.
  • In Chinese medicine, it is believed that a teaspoon of papaya seeds will help detoxify the liver.


Sweet and Savory Quinoa and Papaya Salad
Recipe type: Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 6 servings
his salad is so light and summery, right down to the chopped kiwis. I love preparing these types of grain based salads and using them as a mix-in with my daily greens. Just combine 1 serving of salad with 2 cups of greens and you have one mean meal. No extra dressing needed! Lightly adapted from: The Healthy Foodie
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ½ papaya, peeled, seeded and diced [reserve the seeds]
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Place quinoa and water in small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered while you work away at the rest of your salad. You can cook quinoa ahead of time if you’d rather use it cold.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, prepare and mix all the ingredients of the salad in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a food processor or blender, purée all the dressing ingredients until smooth.
  4. Combine salad fixings with quinoa and pour dressing over top. Stir to combine.
  5. You can serve immediately or allow to chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Store the leftovers in an airtight container. Will keep in the fridge for 3 days

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In conclusion, this salad practically heals you for all that ails you.


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  1. I’m SO glad I stumbled onto this blog. I love these recipes. I’m always looking out for really flavorful vegetarian/vegan and whole grain dishes. And I’m looking to incorporate more raw food dishes into my diet, as well, although I can’t go 100% raw and don’t really want to. Anyway, thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes (and your humor) with us!

  2. i love your site- i feel healthier just reading it:-)
    also papaya seeds can be dried and put in a pepper mill and then added to anything you like. i actually mix it with my peppercorns to give my pepper a hidden nutritional punch.
    thanks for sharing all your knowledge!

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