Mango and Papaya Pasta Salad with Creamy Lime Vinaigrette

You're going to love this vinaigrette. It's half the reason I continue to make this recipe. (The other half is the recipe came from Cathy at Noble Pig. She never misses.) It's an awesome summer salad; the colors are light and summery and I almost wish I was throwing a luncheon just so I could serve it! It really should sit in the fridge for 4-6 hours after mixing it together, so you could make it in the morning and then take it along for a picnic. Mango and papaya are fabulous right now...take advantage of it!

Mango and Papaya Pasta Salad with Creamy Lime Vinaigrette
From Cathy at Noble Pig

1 pound rotini pasta, dry
2 mangoes, seeded and cubed
2 papayas, seeded and cubed
4 green onions, sliced, white and green parts
1/2 cup flaked, sweetened coconut

Creamy Lime Vinaigrette
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sour cream
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Cook pasta to the al dente stage according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside until cool.
Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients together, shake and store in the fridge until ready to use.
While pasta is cooling prepare mango, papaya and green onions. When ready, combine mango, papaya, green onion, coconut and vinaigrette, toss well. Place in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before serving.


  1. You're right. The vinaigrette sounds cooling for this pasta fruit salad with a little red pepper that must bring just the right amount of heat. I will check out the mangos at the store. They are one of my favorites.

  2. A sweet little healthy salad!

  3. Barbara,
    Pasta salad is one of my favorite dishes, and I haven't had it in so long. This one looks so yummy. With the mango and papaya, it sounds a bit tropical. I would love to try it.

    Have a great week.


  4. I can't believe I've never made a lime vinaigrette. It sounds wonderful - just like the rest of this recipe!

  5. Tropical pasta salad! Wow...makes me happy just to think about it!

    Gray Apron

  6. Wonderful tropical flavours, Barbara. I too love lime vinaigrette!

  7. such a creative pasta salad. I think that lime vinaigrette would be delicious with grilled shrimp or fish as well.

  8. Barbara thank you for your sweet comments as always. My knee is getting better. Good luck to you and your surgery. Remember to get lots of rest during the rehab--I'm so bad at that part but its the most important!

  9. I'm obsessed with lime dressings right now so I'm so happy to have found this recipe! Can't wait to try it!

  10. What a healthy and delicious salad recipe, it looks awesome :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Totally summer worthy. Drooling.

  12. i get so tired of the typical pasta salad and i love the variety this one offers! what a great dressing!

  13. how cool to add mango to a pasta salad



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