Pawpaw Pasta Salad

This pawpaw pasta salad shows off the creamy texture of pawpaws in a surprisingly savory summer favorite!
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
5 minutes
Active Time
15 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Lunch, Salad
pasta, pawpaw, salad


Pawpaw Pasta Salad
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup pawpaw pulp
- 1/2 cup salad oil
- 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1.5 tsp celery seed
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp lemon juice


Step 1 - Cook and drain pasta

1. Cook 8 ounces of tri-color pasta, cooking as directed.

Cook and drain pasta
Cook and drain pasta
Step 2 - Prep vegetables

2. Prepare the green pepper, tomato, and celery, chill until needed.

Prep vegetables
Prep vegetables
Step 3 - Mix pawpaw dressing

3. Blend all ingredients except for the vegetables until thoroughly smooth.

Mix pawpaw dressing
Mix pawpaw dressing
Step 4 - Combine and chill

4. Mix 1/3 dressing with pasta. Chill several hours or overnight. Add pepper, tomato, and celery to pasta. Mix another 1/3 of dressing with pasta and vegetables. Add 1/3 dressing just before serving.

Combine and chill
Combine and chill

Can Pawpaws be used in Savory Dishes?

You bet! This pasta salad recipe from The Joy of Pawpaw Cookbook demonstrates how you can use pawpaws in all sorts of flavor applications. In this dressing, pawpaws create the creamy texture and rich mouthfeel normally achieved by dairy or mayonnaise in like dressings – which means this is incidentally vegan! 

Where Can I Learn about Pawpaws?

Right Here! Foraged Market is your go-to spot for pawpaws and pawpaw information. 

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