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Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons

Fresh fruits and veggies pair up for a fantastic summer salad that's savory, sweet and spicy all at once. Make the tortilla strips with your pizza cutter—so easy! —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups cubed peeled papaya
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 serrano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chili pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine papaya, beans, avocado, corn, raisins, cilantro, orange juice, peppers, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper, sugar and salt.
  • Place tortilla strips on a greased baking sheet; spritz with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining chili pepper. Bake 8-10 minutes or until crisp. Top salad with tortilla strips.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 321 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 11g fiber), 9g protein.
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  • aug2295
    Jun 7, 2015

    Dressing was delicious and the flavors came together nicely.

  • ashleyva90
    May 26, 2011

    This salad was easy to make, and tasted excellent. I didn't buy enough fresh papaya, so I used some from a can in light syrup, which actually worked out really well. And leftover tortilla strips make a good snack anytime!

  • sal865
    Mar 12, 2011

    Tasty and filling. Made it for a women's gathering and ladies loved it plus it is healthy and easy to make. Thank you!

  • prion99
    Sep 16, 2010

    I never waste my time writing a review, but this recipe was too good not to. Highly recommended!

  • JZAnderson
    Jul 28, 2010

    Very good salad - I made the salad because the cover photo looked so great. As I was making it I hoped that I would like it - I did! So yummy. I liked the tortilla strips. I only used one pepper

  • daffodillsnandroses
    May 28, 2010

    Awesome and no guilt because it is so healthy....all the flavors in one dish make it one I will certainly be making again!

  • kristinscotth
    May 11, 2010

    I think this salad is fantastic. I loved all the mild flavors together--from the beans, avocado, papaya, and corn, but then you get some nice heat from the serrano peppers and some sweetness from the raisins. Sweet and spicy are a great combination. I didn't really care for the tortilla strips. I felt like they were missing something. Maybe some salt, so I just make the salad without them now. Also, my husband doesn't care for cilantro, so I didn't add it to the salad, and I didn't feel that there was anything missing from the salad by not including it. I loved it!

  • cathieross
    May 3, 2010

    We all LOVED this salad!!

  • aropte
    Apr 20, 2010

    I thought it wasn't very good as an actual salad, but I also couldn't find papaya around here, so I made it with a can of tropical fruit (including papaya), and I plan on dicing up the fruit a little more and making it a salsa. Fantastic as a salsa. Kinda strange to just eat as a salad...

  • NoVinegar
    Apr 13, 2010

    It sounds delicious, but I have an intolerance to vinegar. I'm considering the recipe with pineapple juice rather than the cider vinegar. Any other suggestions?