Meatless Monday: 10 Vegan Recipes That Will Make Papaya Your Favorite Fruit

June is National Papaya Month. Break out the trumpets…no, really, break them out! Papayas deserve all of our love, because these babies are chock full of all the good stuff. Vitamins and antioxidants and fancy enzymes that help to break down protein and lower cholesterol. I mean, you name it, and the papaya can probably help you cure it. And besides all of the health benefits, its sweet flavor and velvety texture make for good eats!

So how come it’s not more common on our plates at mealtime? I think some of us just get a little intimidated when we’re faced with tropical fruits that seem “extra exotic.” Mangoes and kiwis have managed to cross over, but when is the last time you saw papaya being served in a school cafeteria? Today, I am sharing a few recipes to inspire you to pick up a papaya the next time you’re in the supermarket. Aren’t you sick of eating bananas every. single. day?

Grilled Tofu w/Papaya Salsa

photo: Fat Free Vegan

Papaya Mousse

photo: Farm on Plate

Roasted Maple Papaya

photo: The Gracious Pantry

Papaya Lassi

photo: Dassana Amit

Green Papaya Salad

photo: My Darling Lemon Thyme

Peppery Papaya Seed Dressing

photo: Eat Life Whole

Papaya Banana Ice Cream

photo: The Raw Food Beginner Chef

 African Papaya Soup

photo: Ace Bakery

Mango Papaya Pasta Salad w/Creamy Lime Vinaigrette
(just use non-dairy sour cream like Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream!)

photo: Noble Pig

Green Papaya w/ Ginger & Chilies

photo: Love Food Eat

Tell us your favorite way to eat papaya! If you’re not a fan, what is your tropical fruit of choice?

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