Exotic avocado salad

Exotic avocado salad

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Cooking time

Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 6

Savour sharp, sweet flavours in this exotic avocado salad

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 ripe papayas
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 85g bag trimmed and washed watercress
  • 20g pack fresh mint
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

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  1. Dry-fry the pumpkin seeds in a frying pan for a few minutes, tossing and turning them until they look toasted. Tip them out of the pan and let them go cold. Peel the papayas, halve them lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh into long, thin slices. Halve the avocados and remove the stones, then peel off the skin and slice the flesh lengthways into thin slices.
  2. Put the papayas, avocados, pumpkin seeds and watercress into a large bowl. Chop about 1 tbsp of the mint leaves and set aside. Pick the remaining leaves from the stalks and tear them into the bowl.
  3. Mix the lime juice and olive oil with the rest of the chopped mint to make a dressing, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the salad and gently mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Taste and add more salt and pepper if you think it needs it, then transfer to a serving platter.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2003

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joktattie's picture
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One of the tastiest and most popular salads I have ever put together!
We had this with seared Tuna + sesame seeds, really worked well.
Just have to be careful, if the Avocado and Papaya are too ripe it turns mushy when tossing the salad. Health on a plate!! Excellent dressing.

sailorgirl700's picture
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Enjoyed this. It was very summery and light. I did only use 1 avocado. Also instead of using water cress I used our home grown salad leaves and added a red pepper. The dressing was great too.

cheddaringo's picture

PJF, perhaps some mango chunks?

fishpot's picture

This is exactly the kind of salad I like except not a fan of papaya.... Who has a good idea for a substitute? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

kateoldale's picture

Lovely fresh summer salad. Would be great with a bbq.

hayfaa's picture
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Very nice salad! My friend kept asking me:"Did you put any honey in?" :-)

tashaback's picture
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Love this salad! Had it as a starter at christmas and it was very popular!