Chicken Papaya Salad with Herb Parmesan Vinaigrette

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Papaya--"Fruit of the Angels", is a nutritional tropical fruit that is packed with vitamins. Not only does the fruit aid in digestion, it is also full of vitamins A, C and E, which are three powerful antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol and prevents heart disease. Some papaya extracts are even used to treat sports injuries and muscle strains. Papaya is a great ingredient to use for wrinkle prevention.
Papayas, when ripe, are most commonly eaten fresh or in salads. They're also great in smoothies. Unripe papaya is never eaten raw because of its latex content, but can be used to make the curries or stews.

SaladHerb Parmesan Vinaigrette
  • 1 Chicken breast, boned and skinless
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 Ripe papaya©angiesrecipes, seeded, peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 handful Rucola salad
  • A few of strawberries, halved (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Dried oregano
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in the skillet until hot. Add in chicken and cook until tender and nicely golden brown. Remove and slice. Peel the papaya, and discard the seeds, then cut into slices.
  2. Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a blender until creamy and smooth.
    Assemble the salad by arranging a bed of rucola on the salad plate. Arrange the chicken and papaya slices on top. Garnish with the sliced strawberry halves if used and serve with the prepared dressing.
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Lisa Ho 17/8/10 08:36

so tempting.... and the colours are so vibrant...makes me hungry

MaryMoh 17/8/10 08:47

Beautiful salad. I love papaya but can't get nice ones here. I once bought a papaya which never gets ripe. It was still green and hard and yet started to rot!

Hearty Bakes 17/8/10 08:53

Angie, you are very creative comes with the ingredients selection for your dishes. I love the addition of Dijon mustard & Dried oregano. With yoghurt it makes it very refreshing too. Overall looks very appetising. Simply loves the combination. Will try this out.

Bakericious 17/8/10 09:21

Angie, I never eat dishes cook with papaya and this dish looks so delicious and I love the presentation!

3 hungry tummies 17/8/10 09:27

Great combination and a beautiful looking dish!

Priya Suresh 17/8/10 09:51

Such a droolworthy salad, looks beautiful..

Happy Flour 17/8/10 09:51

You are really a great cook and baker. I have been drooling over all your delicious posts.

Shirley @ Kokken69 17/8/10 10:49

Angie, this is a great healthy looking dish!

Cooking Gallery 17/8/10 11:07

Papaya always reminds me of my mum ;), she always forced me to eat this fruit when I was young (well, whenever I visit here and she has some papayas, she would still do so too...;)). I am not very into papaya, but I wouldn't refuse the chicken and salad :)!

busygran 17/8/10 11:56

This is most suitable for me - super goodness and lovely combination!

Joanne 17/8/10 13:53

I don't think I've ever had a really GOOD papaya dish...but this one is screaming EAT ME.

Carol 17/8/10 13:58

This is a really great looking dish!

Belinda @zomppa 17/8/10 14:14

I love the combination of these flavors Papaya is just simply good.

kitchen flavours 17/8/10 15:03

This is awesome! I love papayas in cooking and pickles. It is especially good in our local favourite "fruits rojak", its a mixture of fruits salad with a spicy prawn paste sauce and peanuts. Yours look absolutely delicious. Beautiful presentation!

Fearless Kitchen 17/8/10 15:23

This looks seriously delicious. Papaya is a nice and different kind of fruit, not the sort of thing we see every day.

Chef E 17/8/10 15:32

This looks great, and I am eating a banana wanting this instead!

Unknown 17/8/10 15:39

What a beautiful salad-the ingredients are so vibrant and healthy looking! YUM!

Puja 17/8/10 15:43

Wow! that is such a great looking salad !!

lisaiscooking 17/8/10 15:56

Your salad is beautiful! The fruits with the chicken sound great, and the dressing looks delicious.

Bob 17/8/10 16:18

Oh my, that looks stunning. Love the presentation!

Anonymous 17/8/10 16:21

Thank goodness it is almost lunch time for me at work! This looks absolutely delicious!

Unknown 17/8/10 16:44

What a beautiful, fresh, and delicious sounding salad, and you've presented it so beautifully.
*kisses* HH

Unknown 17/8/10 16:57

Pretty, pretty, pretty! The dressing sound delicious!

Jeannie 17/8/10 17:04

You made your food look so irresistible! Lovely colours in one dish...mmmmm yummy! Papayas are easily available here but not the strawberries!

wenn 17/8/10 17:54

this is definitely tempting!

Magic of Spice 17/8/10 18:24

A stunning salad Angie...and I love the dressing :) Beautiful presentation and flavors :)

☺lani☺ 17/8/10 18:51

Looks yum! I love papaya! Have a great day Angie!

s 17/8/10 19:12

beautiful salad..its sure to brighten up any table!

Unknown 17/8/10 19:46

Ohhhhhh that looks wonderful. I love the dressing recipe.

pigpigscorner 17/8/10 21:22

So pretty! I hardly see papaya here, I only eat them when I go back to Malaysia.

Radhika 17/8/10 21:25

That is a pretty platter. love the dressing.

La Bella Cooks 17/8/10 22:25

This is such a healthy salad! I just saw a recipe with chicken and mango so I love the idea of the papaya as well.

Anonymous 17/8/10 22:48

Wow...what lovely colors!
Looks yummy,healthy & appetizing!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 17/8/10 23:43

I've only had salad with unripe papaya before, but this sounds very interesting and I'm sure delicious.

Terrianne, Call me Ree 17/8/10 23:56

I had no idea what papaya meant, that's beautiful! This dish is gorgeous. Looks absolutely delicious!

Claudia 18/8/10 00:07

Angie - so summery and light. And that vinaigrette really looks good - I think I could just slurp it and skip the salad and chicken!

Adelina 18/8/10 01:27

This is gorgeous! So beautiful too!

♥peachkins♥ 18/8/10 01:36

I love the plating,Angie. It will make me eat papaya, eventhough I don't like it very much..

The Peach Kitchen
peach and things
blowing peachkisses

Kumi 18/8/10 01:44

Looks absolutely delicious AND beautiful with nice colors. Love your creations!

Reeni 18/8/10 02:26

Such a fresh and tasty salad Angie! I love the sound of the dressing! Makes it extra special.

Emily 18/8/10 02:32

This looks fantastic! Interesting info about papaya, it's a fruit I don't usually think to cook with. Maybe now I should. The combination between the papaya and chicken is definitely interesting!

ann low 18/8/10 03:05

Again, beautiful and healthy salad. I can eat this everything :)

Anonymous 18/8/10 04:51

What a great salad recipe for summer!!

chow and chatter 18/8/10 05:13

yum what a great salad and your picture is straight out of a food magazine

Anonymous 18/8/10 05:45

I love adding fruit to salads! This looks delicious :)

Christine Ho 18/8/10 07:06

Angie, this salad dish is very beautifully presented. Love Papayas too.

tigerfish 18/8/10 07:41

You make really good salad! This looks very colorful and refreshing. Talking about papayas, it is one of those fruits that I miss in the US. The papayas we get back in Asia is definitely better (ripe and sweet, and cheap!).

maameemoomoo 18/8/10 11:35

So lovely! Heart the colour combination ;)

I don't do great salads unfortunately, no matter how i try. Sad huh?

Biren 18/8/10 15:11

That's a lovely salad. Great presentation!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 18/8/10 16:14

Beautiful presentation of a fantastic salad. Love the combination of chicken and papaya!

Anna 18/8/10 16:43

That's a beautiful salad, Loved everything about it, the strawberries, the parmesan dressing. Yummmm.
Great picture.

Katie@Cozydelicious 18/8/10 16:54

Yum! I love papaya... the perfume-like flavor is probably great with chicken.

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 18/8/10 18:03

This is fantastic, although I've still been dreaming about the chicken parm with the avacado! I love the vinaigrette, I will be trying this one!
Have a great day!

Cook with Madin 18/8/10 18:45

Hi Angie, these looks delicious and you are very creative. I love all the combination of flavors you have here, especially your vinaigrette.
Did you say papaya has ingredients for wrinkle prevention? I make sure I will not forget papaya on my grocery list from now on. lol

Kitchen Butterfly 18/8/10 20:50

I love the combination of sweet and savoury - boy do I miss Pawpaws (Papayas) as we call them in Nigeria. They are delicious on their own with a drizzle of fresh lime juice and we often have them as an accompaniment to rice

Anonymous 18/8/10 21:33

Beautiful salad, I love the combo of chicken & papaya and your dressing is excellent!

FOODESSA 18/8/10 22:22 really interesting would this be for me to try. I say this because, papaya is one of my favourite tropical fruits which I jealously guard on its own with a splash of lime...a true delight. Putting it together with a protein would be putting me to the test ;o)

Gorgeous photo!

Ciao for now,

Unknown 18/8/10 22:49

What a beautiful salad. I love the composition.

Velva 19/8/10 03:15

As always, beautiful. I just used papaya in a fruit salad and enjoyed its mild flavor.

Jo 19/8/10 06:39

Oh wow Angie, the colours, flavours so-so amazing. What a delightful lunch/brnch meal this would make.

Stella 20/8/10 03:51

Angie! This is beautiful food! I almost wouldn't want to run my fork through it and mess up your pretty design (smile). Almost. I would though...

noobcook 20/8/10 06:53

what a great dish for summer! the colours are amazing :)

theUngourmet 21/8/10 04:28

So very pretty! I didn't know this fact about the unripe papaya. Interesting!

tasteofbeirut 21/8/10 21:50

This is such a beautiful photo and I love that dish tastewise. Yummy!

OysterCulture 22/8/10 15:17

You know you've reminded me that I need to use papaya more - I like it, but more of my family around here could pass, maybe I need to serve it up as you have it here. Sounds delicious.

Cristina 22/8/10 18:44

Angie - how do you get your meats/poultry/seafood so evenly and beautifully caramelized? I didn't know those things about papaya...definitely going to try to include it in my diet more often. Beautiful meal of a salad and your Herb Parmesan Vinaigrette looks and sounds marketable!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) 22/8/10 19:36

Oh my goodness this is divine! I love all the flavors in it. I really wish that they sold papayas out here because I would be making this for dinner tonight.

Cindy Waffles 24/8/10 03:07

I love papaya!! The herb vinaigrette sounds delectable too!

Unknown 26/8/10 15:13

What a beautiful almost looks too good to eat... almost :)

Anonymous 12/11/10 12:33

Great job! The best papaya and chicken salad I could find!


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