Looking for unique, fun, and fruity recipes for Labor Day Weekend? We got you covered with these drool-worthy papaya eats.
Labor Day Weekend is a time to get out in the nice weather for the last moments of summer vibes with friends and family. It’s a time for barbecues, sun, and pool time. To inspire you for your Labor Day get-together this year, we put together a list of 6 recipes that would be perfect for that last appreciation of all things summer.
Have you made any of these before? Are you interested in including these recipes in your Labor Day plans this year? We would love to hear in the comments below!
Suggested read: Our Favorite Papaya Smoothie Recipe
One of our all-time favorite papaya recipes comes from the talented Dana over at Minimalist Baker. These papaya boats are festive, colorful, and juicy! Even better - it’s a super easy recipe to make, perfect for a last-minute surprise appetizer.
If you’re wanting to start your day off right before the festivities even start, this vegan papaya acai smoothie bowl by Avocado Pesto is the best thing you could put into your body to get some energy and feel great. It only takes about 5 minutes to put together so it won’t even take up much of your schedule. And as a bonus, it’s also gluten-free and refined sugar-free - yippeez!
The ever-popular and timeless green papaya salad is one of the best go-to dishes for barbecues and friendly get-togethers. I can’t imagine many people who wouldn’t love the flavors that come out of a green papaya salad done right. Try the traditional recipe below from Temple of Thai and make everyone’s day just that much better.
Papaya Paste (Meat Tenderizer)
Did you know that due to the protein-digesting enzyme, papain, papaya is actually a great natural meat tenderizer? If you’re looking for a unique and summery alternative to the usual tenderizers used on the barbeque, check out the recipe below from the Curry Guy. And don’t worry, this way of tenderizing is not just good for Indian food, it’s super versatile as long as you don’t mind a fruity boost.
Chicken, Mango, and Papaya Kebabs
Another great appetizer, have you ever tried the deliciousness of roasted fruit? These chicken, mango, and papaya kebabs from Kiss My Smoke are just the right amount of charred to bring out the best kind of flavors, while still retaining natural juiciness.
Papaya Tomatillo Salsa
Another unique find is this fresh papaya tomatillo salsa from Kevin Is Cooking. This salsa is just the right amount of spicy and has a lot of great flavors going on. It’s recommended to refrigerate the mix at least 12 hours ahead of serving, so it’s one to make ahead of time. It would be perfect with chips, or even over grilled fish and chicken.
Lastly, don’t forget that a lot of our Herbal Papaya products are great to include in dressings, juices, smoothies, and more! We’re offering a special Labor Day Sale right now for 25% off our brand new fruit powder products. Just use the discount code HAPPYLABORDAY at checkout and enjoy your long weekend ahead!
What are you doing for Labor Day Weekend? Any exciting plans that include a papaya-filled day?
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