Red papaya salad with haloumi is piled high on a round white plate. It's garnishes with bean sprouts and fresh mint leaves.

This red papaya salad with pan-fried haloumi is a delicious and refreshing dish that combines the sweet flavour of ripe red papaya with the salty goodness of pan-fried haloumi cheese. This salad is not only easy to make but also a healthy and nutritious option that is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish at a BBQ.

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Red Papaya Salad with Pan Fried Haloumi

Recipe by Australian Papaya
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 4 people


  • 1 medium red papaya – peeled deseeded, cut into chunks


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon seeded mustard


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 250 g haloumi cheese thickly sliced
  • 1 small butter lettuce washed
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • cup mint leaves
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds toasted
  • cracked pepper to season


  • Blend ½ cup papaya with all dressing ingredients to form a smooth dressing.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick frypan over a medium heat, cook haloumi for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
  • Arrange lettuce on four plates. Top with haloumi, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, and remaining papaya chunks. Sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with dressing before serving. Season with cracked black pepper
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