Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons Recipe
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Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons Recipe

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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
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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 321 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 11g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p53

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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aug2295 User ID: 4631582 227558
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"Dressing was delicious and the flavors came together nicely."

ashleyva90 User ID: 4981598 187108
Reviewed 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 User ID: 661236 105057
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2769995 121277
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

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

JZAnderson User ID: 1266313 171745
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5184902 187107
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2609242 128911
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4719683 172074
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"We all LOVED this salad!!"

aropte User ID: 3551673 128910
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5048873 146784
Reviewed 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?"

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