What’s not to love about an exotic dish?

December 17, 2018
This unusual salad is packed with flavor, fiber and Food Sass®. Not only does it double as a holiday meal up-level while also being a great lunch salad, but swapping one simple ingredient makes it Body Sass® Cleanse -friendly, just in time for our January 2019 Group Cleanse.

Looking for an unusual salad to snazz up a holiday meal, and then enjoy forever after? That just happens to be exactly what I’m writing to you about today.

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Now about that exotic salad.

When planning for holidays, the mojo in my family is that the host does the main dish and maybe a few sides, and everyone else gets food assignments to round out the day’s menu. This year, my brother-in-law texted me that my assignment was to bring an EXOTIC salad (exotic is such a fun word) that would pair nicely with lamb. What a great assignment! Today I’m sharing with you what came out of my test kitchen.

Exotic Holiday Salad

(Serves 2)


  • 2 tbsp. shelled raw pistachios
  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1.5 c. watercress, loosely packed
  • 1/2 c. arugula, loosely packed
  • large handful of fresh mint
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Celtic sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste


  1. Peel the papayas, halve them lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh into long, thin slices.
  2. Halve the avocados and remove the stones, then peel off the skin and slice the flesh lengthways into thin slices.
  3. Put the papayas, avocados, pistachios and greens into a large bowl.
  4. Finely chop about 1 tbsp. of the mint leaves and set aside. Pick the remaining leaves from the stalks, slice thinly, and add to the bowl.
    Whisk the lime juice and olive oil with the chopped mint you set aside in the last step to make a dressing, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the salad and gently mix all the ingredients together with your hands.
  5. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed, then transfer to a serving platter or bowl.

Note that if you’re not an arugula fan, you can simply use 2 cups of watercress for greens. This salad pairs well with most any animal protein and is also good on it’s own for lunch or dinner. It’s fantabulous with baked cod with some lemon or lime squeezed on top. If you substitute roasted pumpkin seeds in for the pistachios, this recipe becomes 100% Cleanse-friendly, so you can set this dish idea aside for the January Group Cleanse 🙂

Notice that the serving size is two. Simply multiply the ingredients by half the number of people at dinner to prepare the correct amount for your gathering. By providing you with a recipe that serves two, it makes it easy to either make this for lunch for two, or for the hordes that are celebrating the holidays together. Enjoy.

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With love & Food Sass®,


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