Papaya Quinoa Salad Recipe

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This papaya quinoa salad is so easy to make, healthy and tastes amazing! It also keeps in a refrigerator for up to 5 days!

Papaya Salad With Quinoa And Sunflower Seeds

This papaya quinoa salad tastes mouthwatering.  Sweet papaya chunks are mixed with soft quinoa, crunchy sunflower seeds, zesty onion and refreshing parsley!  It tastes so yummy, you’ll want to make it over and over and over again!

Quinoa salad with papaya

If you are tired of the same old salads, you can finally get out of the salad rut by making this quinoa salad with papaya! Papaya is quite an uncommon salad ingredient and this salad is so unique!  Plus it’s super refreshing, delicious and healthy too!

Papaya Quinoa Salad Recipe

Papaya quinoa salad is not just a little side salad, it can be eaten as a well-balanced vegan main dish! Quinoa is a complete protein in itself, plus the sunflower seeds provide the extra protein and healthy unsaturated fat!  Papaya, quinoa, sunflower seeds, onion and parsley provide tons of health benefits – every ingredient of this salad is healthy and nutritious! A healthy salad that makes you full is always a great find!

Vegan Papaya Quinoa Salad

Another awesome thing about this quinoa papaya salad is that you can make it ahead and it stays fresh in a refrigerator for up to 5 days!  You can make a big batch of this nutritious salad and have  ready-to-eat healthy lunches for the week!

How To Make Quinoa Salad With Papaya

This papaya quinoa salad is super easy to make.  Just combine cooked quinoa with chopped papaya, onion, parsley and sunflower seeds, and toss with the olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice dressing.  Easy and yummy!  You can chop the papaya, onion and parsley while quinoa is cooking for the most productive use of your time :)  Never cooked quinoa?  Check out my instructions  how to cooking quinoa in the Instant Potrice cooker,or on the stove.  My favorite method is Instant Pot quinoa – so quick and easy and comes out perfect every time!

Vegan Healthy Papaya Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Vegan Eggplant Spinach Quinoa Bowl

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Pineapple Salsa – this easy tropical salsa will be a hit at every party! Served in a pineapple shell for a bowl!

Broccoli Salad With Sunflower Seeds – make a huge batch of this detox salad and eat it all week! It’s so good!

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Papaya Quinoa Salad

This papaya quinoa salad is so yummy, healthy and refreshing! Sweet papaya chunks are mixed with cooked quinoa, crunchy sunflower seeds and parsley! So easy to make and tastes amazing!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: papaya, papaya quinoa salad, quinoa
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Diet: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 337kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 papaya peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup

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  • Cook quinoa according to package directions (if you own an Instant Pot, check out my Instant Pot quinoa recipe for the easiest way to cook it). You can chop all the vegetables while quinoa is cooking.
  • Pour olive oil, lemon juice and honey in a cup and whisk with a fork until combined to make a dressing.
  • Put cooked quinoa, chopped papaya, onion, parsley and sunflower seeds in a salad bowl and pour dressing over it. Mix the papaya quinoa salad until well combined.


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Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 978IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
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