Sweet & Smoky Tropical Fruit Salad

by Kate on August 6, 2015

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I have a little secret to share with you today. Nothing earth shattering or big but would you believe that up until I made this Sweet & Smoky Tropical Fruit Salad recipe, I’ve never had papaya? Is that strange? I would see them in the store, I’ve seen papaya in baked goods and yet I’ve never picked one up and tried it. Until now.

Can I just tell you? If you’ve never tried papaya, you need to make that happen. Do not wait! If you’re a fan of melons like cantaloupe, you’ll definitely love papaya. Not to mention, I think this is such a beautiful fruit! That pinkish orange hue. Just gorgeous. After my first taste of the sweet flesh of this gorgeous piece of fruit, I was enamored.

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I decided to use some of it to make this fruit salad. I paired the papaya with mangoes and strawberries. Then I whisked together a bit of honey, lime juice and just a touch of smoky chile powder. Sweet, tart and smoky, not at all spicy. This fruit salad hits all the right notes on the palate making it hard to stop eating it. It’s perfect as a summer snack or light dessert. Have a brunch? This would make a perfect addition to the menu. This fruit salad is summer produce perfection.

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Sweet & Smoky Tropical Fruit Salad

10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Sweet & Smoky Tropical Fruit Salad


  • 2 cups diced papaya
  • 2 cups diced mango
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • zest of 1 lime


  1. In a large bowl toss together papaya, mango and strawberries.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, chile powder and lime zest.
  3. Drizzle honey mixture over fruit and gently toss to coat.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Frances August 6, 2015 at 10:51 am

This sounds so interesting. Love the added twist of heat.


Kate August 7, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Thank you Mary Frances! It was so pleasant. The chile powder didn’t really add spice as much as it added a wonderful smokiness to the sweet fruit. It was such an interesting and wonderful flavor combination. I just had to share it.


ChristineM August 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

num…. love papaya! the heat added definitely got my attention!


Kate August 10, 2015 at 8:28 pm

The chile powder adds such a nice smokiness!


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