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Green Salad with Papaya-seed Dressing

The creamy-looking dressing for this salad gets its texture and zing from sweet onions and peppery, crunchy papaya seeds. Prep Time: 15 minutes.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 small sweet onion (such as Maui), chopped, plus 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced into rings and rinsed with cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh papaya seeds
  • 1 pound mixed salad greens
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced


1. In a blender, whirl vinegar, oil, chopped onion, sugar, salt, and mustard until smooth. Add papaya seeds and pulse until seeds look like coarsely ground peppercorns.

2. In a large bowl, combine onion rings, salad greens, and 3/4 of avocado slices; pour dressing over salad and toss gently to coat. Arrange salad on a large platter and top with remaining slices of avocado.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 145
  • Calories from fat: 74%
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 8.4g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Sodium: 122mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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