Papaya Nectarine and Cabbage Slaw with Curry Dressing

Posted on by on July 1st, 2012 | 20 Comments »

Stepping off the 12 hour plane ride from Tel Aviv to New York never felt so amazing, for many reasons. Being 6 months pregnant and having to walk around every hour made sleeping any leg of the trip impossible and the small seat on the plane made travels a bit more uncomfortable then usual. However, it was well worth it. Seeing my moms face as I walked out of passport control was priceless. She hasn’t seen my growing belly since I got pregnant and though pictures were sent, nothing compares to seeing it in person. Actually, I’m pretty sure she was more excited to rub my belly than see me. But, as a first time grandma-to-be I don’t blame her. I was in NY for a brief visit in November, but this was the first extended stay in 2 years and it is so nice to be back with all the comforts of home.

I have been home a week and the time is flying by. I spent the first 4 days home with my grandfather who flew up from Florida to see me. I have been visiting with my brother, catching up with friends and spending quality time with my mom. I have been running around Long Island shopping for baby gear and eating at my favorite restaurants pretty much everyday, lunch and dinner. And, because I have so many favorite spots to eat at, I have had little to no time for cooking.

Yearning to get back into the kitchen and cook for my family I made a trip to my favorite market on Long Island, Fairway. It’s such a change to have everything I could want at my fingertips and not have to think about whats in season and whats not, like I do in Israel. I had no problems finding jumbo lump crab for my crab cake burgers (non existant in Israeli markets) and I loaded up on white sweet potatoes for  fries to have on the side. This summer slaw was the perfect accompaniment to both.

Filled with summery fruits like papaya and nectarines and dressed in a sweet curry dressing with a slight kick of heat from chili peper flakes, this fruit slaw is a great, healthy and light substitution from your usual slaw drowning in mayonnaise. The sweet flavors of the fruit pair well with any summer staple. From BBQ ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, steaks and grilled chicken to fish. The crunchy cabbage gives great texture and the sweet curry dressing gives the slaw a unique and delicious flavor.

If you are searching for something easy to make, delicious, beautiful and unique that is sure to impress your guests this 4th of July, this is the perfect slaw to serve.

Papaya Nectarine and Cabbage Slaw with Curry Dressing
Recipe Type: Side
Author: Beth Ebin
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 6-8
Filled with summery fruits like papaya and nectarines and dressed in a sweet curry dressing with a slight kick of heat from chili peper flakes, this fruit slaw is a great substitution from you usual slaw.
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 papaya, julienned
  • 2 nectarines, julienned
  • 1 scallion, julienned
  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the first 6 ingredients until combined and season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cabbage, papaya, nectarines and scallions.
  3. Pour dressing over slaw and toss to combine.
  4. Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving.


« Corn and Watermelon Salsa
Turkey Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole Cream »


  1. Posted on: 7-1-2012

    This slaw looks wonderful. The curry dressing has me craving slaw right now and it’s in the dead of winter here. 🙂

    Enjoy your visit!

  2. Posted on: 7-2-2012

    What a refreshing take on coleslaw… yum. Love the Papaya addition.

  3. Posted on: 7-2-2012

    I am glad you and your family are enjoying precious time together 🙂
    Keep enjoying your trip my friend!

    Also this slaw is lovely – gorgeous exotic flavours which I would love to try in summer!


  4. Posted on: 7-2-2012

    This slaw looks amazing, love all the flavors. Enjoy you visit!!!

  5. Posted on: 7-2-2012

    I would love this! Great way to jazz up good ol’ coleslaw. I have a feeling I will have a bunch of fans of this here 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  6. Posted on: 7-2-2012

    This slaw looks fabulous and now I am craving some. I’ve never put in curry but I like that idea. Great for the 4th, I am going to have to make this. Have a great day.

  7. Posted on: 7-3-2012

    Salad in a jar is the best idea ever! I’ve never used a curry dressing but that sounds insanely delicious and must be tried soon! 🙂

  8. Posted on: 7-4-2012

    Whoa! Papaya and nectarine are wonderful addition to the slaw and your dressing is curry flavor? I LOVE IT!!!

  9. Posted on: 7-4-2012

    I can understand why your mum what into seeing your tummy. Its normal to feel that way because my mum was the same.

    Lovely ingredients and yes to the how you made it, and yes, curry and spicy taste are those we cannot stay away from.

  10. Posted on: 7-5-2012

    This is a unique slaw! I love it!! And I’m so glad you are having a great time with your family!

  11. Posted on: 7-6-2012

    I love the look of this fresh and healthy salad! And curry + papaya makes a lovely combination too!

  12. Posted on: 7-6-2012

    What a unique and beautiful slaw! I can’t wait to try your recipe and then play with it by using different fruits.

  13. Posted on: 7-6-2012

    Beth, it really makes me happy to read about the wonderful time you are spending with your family! Enjoy every minute of it!

    I love the whole idea of mixing fruit with cabbage, it sounds so intriguing and it looks so colorful and healthy – your phots are so pretty, as usual!

  14. Posted on: 7-6-2012

    Oh this looks so summary and fresh. Love the combination of flavors! 🙂

  15. Posted on: 7-9-2012

    There is nothing like being surrounded by family while pregnant. My mom did the same thing when she saw my 6month pregnant belly for the first time. Glad you are enjoying your time home and all the foodie treats Long Island has to offer. The slaw looks divine!

  16. Posted on: 7-11-2012

    Nothing says summer like slaw… and papaya! YUM!

  17. Posted on: 7-14-2012

    I love slaws, and now with this ingenuous idea of adding up fruit like papaya on the slaw, leaves me very excited to try it on my own, I’d like to employ a dip using ketchup and mayo, I am pretty sure your finger’s would be very busy dipping with that kind of dip.

  18. Posted on: 7-25-2012

    The curry dressing is absolutely wonderful! I loved the nectarines in this slaw. Yum yum!! And I am happy to know that you are spending great time with your family, that is what matters the most!

  19. Posted on: 8-5-2012

    This sounds so delicious. All those fruity flavours with the contrast of the spice! Very creative indeed. Following your blog now and looking forward to many more yummy recipes and pregnancy updates 🙂

  20. Posted on: 9-1-2012

    This sounds amazing. All of those flavors together? Mmmm heaven!! Thank you so much for sharing on Manic Monday. I hope to see you again next week 🙂

Leave a Reply

Connect With Me

Subscribe Via Email

my foodgawker gallery
My TasteSpotting Gallery
My Tasteologie Gallery
Bloggers - Meet Millions of Bloggers