My Reviews (25)

Papaya and Basil Spread

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.
Reviews (25)

27 Mar 2004
Reviewed by: MARYELLEN7
This Brushetta was colorful and so tasty. Just prior to serving I drained some of the excess mositure. It was a real hit.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
26 Mar 2004
Reviewed by: NiNi
Wish I could give this recipe more than 5 stars! My family loved it!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
02 Oct 2007
Reviewed by: CHELS
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.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
14 Jun 2009
Reviewed by: gremlinhill
I HATE papaya, but we got some beautiful papayas as part of a Harry & David gift and I didn't want to waste them. This was surprisingly good! The tomato and vinegar offset the sweetness nicely. I recommend starting with no sugar, but add gradually to taste. I was also very unsure of what the papaya seeds would add-- I didn't know you could eat them. Our learning: yes, they're great as used here, but don't eat them alone! ;-) My daughter & I each crunched one before adding to the recipe. Don't try this at home. A little like crunching a black peppercorn. But in the blender as part of the dressing, they add a very unusual peppery flavor, like cracked pepper. For those who had problems with watery-ness: brush your baguette slices with a touch of olive oil (or spray lightly) and bake 5 min so they're good & crunchy, and definitely drain the salsa before spooning on. Thanks for a unique, light app that will be used several times this summer!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
01 Jul 2009
Reviewed by: seamist7
The original idea is a good one, but like many others I modified a bit. I don't eat processed or cooked food much, so I used a good quality organic olive oil, no sugar (addictive and highly processed), lettuce instead of bread (I am still looking for a good raw bread substitute and lettuce don't get soggy), and added dates to sweeten the sauce. It is true that a ripe papaya can make all the difference. Choose one that is mostly yellow, soft but not mushy, and heavy. Fresh ingredients are always best! I used basil, tomato and papaya from my garden. With these adjustments, it was wonderful!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
01 Jan 2010
Reviewed by: CindyC.
This is a fantastic recipe! I have made it many times now and my family and friends love it. I add avacados which is good for more color and tastes good. Thanks so much for this recipe!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
21 Jun 2005
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Delicious...I followed the recipe except I didn't use all the sugar. I took it to a party and it was a hit..Very healthy, perfect for a summer crowd pleaser.....
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
09 Sep 2008
Reviewed by: snewpea
This was really yummy. I am going to rate it 5 stars even though I changed an ingredient (ok two). I didn't have any red wine vinegar so I used strawberry vinegrette and I used olive oil instead. Even if I would have followed it, it would have been just as yummy- so try it!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
13 Jul 2008
Reviewed by: SSPILMANN
Excellent; I used half the sugar and drained before serving and it was perfect. I halved the recipe and still had plenty for 8 people, unless this were a whole meal I think the portions are a bit off. Would be great with mango too instead of the papaya.
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
10 Nov 2007
Reviewed by: CAL's Mom
This is fabulous. It bugs me when people rate recipes but have essentially changed the original, but I must admit that I subbed mango for the papaya because that's what I had. It was wonderful on bread BUT the next day we had it with grilled salmon! Amazing combination!
(Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


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