Guava Papaya Relish

Recipe: Guava Papaya Relish

When attempting to eat lighter and healthier, people often have the misconception that the foods they will eat will lack flavor. This recipe for Guava Papaya Relish is a great way to add fresh and healthy flavors on a simply grilled chicken breast, pan-seared fish, or any other protein.

Relish in your mind might be the bright green concoction you spread on your Chicago hotdog. But there are many other ways you can make relish with fresh ingredients at home. The key is to add a little acid as well as some oil and let it sit in the fridge for at least one hour to get the flavors all happy together.

Try doing your own fun versions using some fruits and veggies. How about a Pineapple and Red Bell Pepper Relish, or Fresh Apples and Dried Cranberries, or a Mango and Sweet Ginger Relish? The possibilities are endless and really help you turn an otherwise very plain and simple piece of fish or chicken into a star, even good enough to serve to guests in your home!

Besides playing with some fun fruits and vegetables for your own relish recipes, remember that one of the best ways to lessen your sodium intake is to eat more fresh ingredients, as well as eating and cooking with more spices. We often think of adding more salt to our meals to help it have more flavor. Although that is certainly true in cooking, salt should never be the main ingredient for flavor in any dish. Adding more vibrant flavors and acid to your food will give your tongue that extra boost of flavor it's looking for without the sodium that is not as healthy for us when consumed in large amounts.

My recipe for Guava Papaya Relish may sound really exotic, but go and visit your local fresh market and you'll see that these ingredients may be readily available just waiting for you to take them home!

  • 4-6 small Guavas – take out seeds and dice
  • 1/2 cup of Fresh Papaya – diced
  • 1/2 cup of Zucchini – diced
  • 1/2 cup Cherry or Grape Tomatoes – sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion – diced
  • 1 tsp of Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice

Gently toss all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serve.

Serve as a “salsa” or on top of your favorite grilled chicken, fish, steak or pork.

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Michael Hodges
May 31, 2018 at 16:00:29
I have heard eating beaver tail cactus, (nopales) Guava and Papaya are a good way to help with being Diabetic. Can you confirm this and give me some good recipes that will not hurt the health benefits of these three food items. I hope I hear from you.