Creamy Papaya Seed Dressing

Papaya Seed Dressing and Marinade

When you go to Hawaii in the winter, they practically give the papayas away. No, really. At 7/$2.00, or about $0.28 each, they’re far and away the cheapest thing on the island. We ate them morning, noon and night.

After a while, I got the idea of making papaya dressing. There are dozens of recipes out there, but I more or less winged it based on what was in the pantry of our rental condo. Lime juice, vinegar and garlic gave it some tang and kick, while the smidgen of honey seemed to add balance.

I made a thicker version (less olive oil) to use as a chicken marinade, which made for a tasty dinner. A thinner version (the full quarter-cup of olive oil) would be better suited to a salad.

Papaya Dressing

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment
Misc Child Friendly


  • .5 Papaya
  • 1 tablespoon Papaya seeds (add more for a more peppery flavor)
  • .25 cup Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Cider vinegar (or more, to taste)
  • 1 Lime (juice)
  • dash Honey (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • .25 cup Olive oil


Step 1
Blend all ingredients but oil in your blender.
Step 2
Gradually add oil to emulsify. Use immediately.


Easy-All“I like this. I think it’s better than raw papaya. Or maybe I’m just tired of raw papaya,” said The Assistant. “You could make this again and I wouldn’t mind.”


* Image courtesy of Shutterstock, because I forgot to take a picture of my fridge full of tropical produce.

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