This Tropical Salad with Sesame Dressing is delicious and super easy and the dressing is one of my go-to dressings. This salad is packed with several tropical fruits: papaya, mango, and kiwi. I added strawberries (I don’t consider them tropical fruit) and cucumber. The salad is topped with a dressing that is incredibly versatile and in the past, I have used various different seeds to make unique flavors. The dressing is made quickly in the blender.
The red-leaf lettuce in the pictures was grown in my backyard garden. My kids and I love picking vegetable from the garden that the boys helped me plant. (Talk about a lesson on patience and grace on my part). However, I am going to be honest, I am a very picky salad eater as lettuce isn’t my favorite vegetable. I know that greens are so healthy and I actually eat greens in almost every meal, but they have to be dressed up.
Lately, my dinners have been lacking a side salad because after prepping a delicious meal, I don’t seem to have the energy to chop more vegetables. For some reason, my mind thinks that salads are a lot of work. However, after kickstarting my healthy eating agenda (I have been eating too many sweets lately), I whipped up this tropical salad. It was amazing. It was also a reminder that salads can be quick and delicious.
- Avocado would also make a great addition to this salad.
- I have used various combinations of seeds for this dressing, including sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds. My favorite is actually the Sunflower/poppy seeds. I was out of these when I made the salad.
- To make the dressing healthier, consider using honey or another natural sweetener in place of the white sugar.
This tropical salad with sesame dressing was inspired by the Exotic Spinach Salad in the cookbook Creme de Colorado Cookbook (Celebrating Twenty Five Years of Culinary Artistry). This cookbook has great salad ideas.