Recipe courtesy of Wilo Benet

Watercress, Chayote, Papaya, and Avocado Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Tropical Dressing, recipe follows

1 bunch watercress, cleaned

2 chayotes, cooked and diced into 1-inch cubes 

1 cup ripe papaya, diced into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup ripe avocado into 1/2-inch cubes

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup deep-fried green plantain slivers, for garnish

Tropical Dressing:

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons orange juice

4 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Salt and pepper


  1. Place some the dressing in a large bowl and gently toss the watercress with the dressing, lightly shaking off excess. Remove to a serving dish. Toss the chayote with some dressing and add on top of the watercress. Repeat this process with the papaya, and then the avocado, tossing them in the remaining dressing. Season with salt and pepper and top with fried plaintain slivers.

Tropical Dressing:

  1. In a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, add all the ingredients and shake vigorously to blend. Refrigerate until ready to use.