Papaya and Basil Spread

    20 minutes

    This is a delightful dip or spread which is served on slices of French bread like bruschetta. It combines papaya and tomato with tangy herbs and spices.

    30 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 papaya
    • 5 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
    • 1/2 red onion, diced
    • 1 red capsicum, seeded and diced
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
    • 2 spring onions, chopped
    • 1 French baguette, cut into 1cm slices

    Preparation:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Cut papaya in half and remove seeds. Reserve 2 tablespoons of seeds for the dressing. Peel and dice the papaya, and place in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes, red onion, red capsicum and basil and set aside.
    2. In a food processor or blender, combine the papaya seeds, sugar, wine vinegar, oil, mustard and spring onions. Process until smooth and thick and most of the seeds have broken up. Pour over the papaya mixture and stir to coat all of the ingredients. Serve with slices of baguette.

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    This Brushetta was colorful and so tasty. Just prior to serving I drained some of the excess mositure. It was a real hit.  -  27 Mar 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wish I could give this recipe more than 5 stars! My family loved it!  -  26 Mar 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Definitely a different take on one of my favourites, bruschetta, but I found it to be a little too sweet. I love papayas, but the dressing ruined it for me. The sauce went all runny, and by the time it was served, I had soggy bread. Don't think I'll be making this one again.  -  02 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)