Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse

These bite-size appetizers feature the best healthy ingredients – ahi, pineapple and avocado – and are both gluten- and dairy-free! 

Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse are the perfect healthy appetizer for your next get-together.

If you know me at all, you know that poke is one of my absolute favorite foods, and it seems to be right up there on your list of favorites, too. My Spicy Poke Bowls are the most pinned recipe on this site, after all, and this Spicy Beet Poke has become one of the most-requested dishes from some of my closest friends.

I’ve been dying to share these Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse for MONTHS now, but I wasn’t about to share them when I couldn’t enjoy them (thanks, pregnancy!) Well, let’s just say that now I’m making up for lost time and ahi poke in any way, shape or form has once again become a weekly staple in my diet.

I love these flavorful little bites because they combine so many of my OG foods in one bite – poke, pineapple AND avocado? I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse are both gluten-free and dairy free!

So let’s chat a little bit about the three different components that go into making these tasty appetizers..

The pineapple is the easiest part. I cut into a fresh piña because they are plentiful here in CA even in the winter, but if you live somewhere that’s not the case, you can even use canned slices. The important part is to get the wedges as thin as possible so the juicy pineapple flavor doesn’t overwhelm all of the other deliciousness we’re getting to next.

Speaking of – the next step is perhaps the most important part: the poke! You know the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” so I stuck with the basic recipe I’ve used for the other poke dishes on this site. When I made this dish to photograph I left out the spicy sambal oelek, but I must say that there would be absolutely nothing wrong with adding some in to the mix to give the poke a little extra hit of flavor.

And, the third and final step – avocado mousse! Guys, I don’t know why I’ve never ventured down this path before but I kind of feel like I’ve just opened the door to a whole new world of avocado usage. And it’s so easy! Just take ripe avocado, lemon juice and a touch of salt, throw it all in the food processor and – voila! – the creamiest, fluffiest, avocado-ness you’ve ever tasted.

A tray of Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse is sure to be the star hors d'oeuvres at your next party!

I mean, how can you hate a healthy appetizer that contains THE best healthy ingredients (IMO) on the planet? Pineapple, avocado, ahi – I’m looking at you.

Okay, I have to admit that there is ONE more special touch that I think would really take these Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse over the top…and that special touch comes in the form of CRUMBLED MACADAMIA NUTS. I was seriously kicking myself for not thinking of this before I shot the recipe, so please, please PLEASE do me a solid and sprinkle some over top when you make ‘em. And then invite me over 🙂

Ahi Poke Pineapple Bites with Avocado Mousse
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These bite-size appetizers feature the best healthy ingredients - ahi, pineapple and avocado - and are both gluten- and dairy-free!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: ahi, appetizer, avocado, entertaining, hors d'oeuvres, pineapple, poke, seafood
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the poke:
  • 1.5 pounds sushi-grade ahi
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 of a sweet onion, diced
  • Sambal oelek or sriracha, to taste
All other ingredients:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into wedges
  1. Add all poke ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Place peeled, ripe avocados, salt and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until no chunks remain. Transfer to a piping bag and set aside.

  3. To assemble the bites, scoop a small spoonful of poke onto each pineapple wedge, then pipe a dollop of avocado mousse on top. [And here is where you would also sprinkle on the macadamia nuts if you’re smart enough to use ‘em.] Serve immediately, before the avocado mousse has a chance to brown.

Creamy Mushroom Pâté

This Creamy Mushroom Pâté is a tasty vegetarian version of the classic French cheese and charcuterie accompaniment, and it’s so easy to make!

This Creamy Mushroom Pate is the perfect, easy, vegetarian appetizer for entertaining!

Who’s ready for a little decadence? Meeeee!!

We all know that the very beginning of the week is THE worst, so I always try to do a little something special/out of the ordinary to make it seem just a little less, well, depressing. This Creamy Mushroom Pâté is my answer to that this week, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

First off, tell me, have you ever had pâté? If not, you’ve really been missing out. It’s typically made from chicken liver (don’t gag just yet, trust me, I hate “liver” but I love pâté) but it can also be made from any number of things such as beef, pork, ham, seafood and VEGETABLES! Yes, vegetables. You’ll most often find it served alongside a cheese platter and/or plate of charcuterie, and you know these are some of my favorite things, so it’s no surprise that I’ve decided to make my own, healthier version of pâté to share with all of you!

This Creamy Mushroom Pate tastes rich and decadent while it's actually pretty darn healthy. Plus, it's so easy to make!

But before we get to this mouthwateringly delicious Creamy Mushroom Pâté tell me, how was your weekend? We had a nice visit with my mom, and I think we’re slowly starting to get organized and figure out how we’re going to fit another little human into our house in just a couple of months. We have our Infant CPR class tonight and my NorCal Baby Shower this weekend, so things are definitely starting to feel real around these parts! Our weekend up north will be my last trip before my due date, and my goal for when I come home is to get to prepping my blog content for right after Baby D. is born and stock my freezer with lots of yummy food we can heat up at a moment’s notice! (Got any delicious freezer-friendly recipes I should try?)

Speaking of freezer-friendly recipes, now that I think about it, this Creamy Mushroom Pâté might just be one of them! It’s full of savory flavor and incredibly tasty, with very few ingredients and taking under 20 minutes to make. It’s also fairly healthy, as long as you don’t count the butter 😉

A fresh baguette is the perfect accompaniment to this Creamy Mushroom Pate.

(Confession: I originally set out to make this a VEGAN Creamy Mushroom Pâté, but after tasting the mixture sans butter, I decided that’s what it really needed to tie everything together. If you are vegan and have any suggestions of what I could have substituted the butter with, please let me know!)

So here’s what you need to do to have a bowl of Creamy Mushroom Pâté in front of you in no time: You’ll first need to sauté the mushrooms in olive oil with some shallots, garlic, fresh thyme and marsala. Then, once those ingredients are nice and cooked, you’ll transfer them to a food processor to get that creaminess going. Finally, you’ll throw in the butter (while the mixture is still warm) to really seal the deal.

Now that doesn’t sound too difficult, does it?

My best suggestion for serving is to serve as you would any other pâté – with a fresh baguette, some crackers, and perhaps a nice chunk of cheese or two. Oh, and wine! Please don’t forget the wine – and have a glass for me?

This vegetarian Creamy Mushroom Pate is the perfect healthy appetizer for any get-together with friends. Plus, it's healthy!

Creamy Mushroom Pate
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A classic French cheese and charcuterie accompaniment gets a healthy, vegetarian makeover when made with fresh mushrooms and thyme.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, mushrooms, vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 whole shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry marsala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  1. Warm olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms, shallots and garlic and stir to combine, cooking until mushrooms begin to sweat.

  2. Add fresh thyme and marsala and stir to combine. Let cook until mushrooms are nice and sautéed, about 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir again to combine.

  3. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until a rough purée forms. Cut butter into three separate tablespoons and add to the food processor. Pulse until a creamy (not chunky) purée forms, season with more salt and pepper, if needed.

  4. Transfer to a bowl and serve with baguette, crackers and cheese.

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Tropical Fruit and Cheese Platter

Tropical fruits are paired with a delicious selection of cheeses, honey and macadamia nuts – perfect for your next warm weather get-together!

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I’m calling it right now: Tropical Fruit and Cheese Platters may just become summer’s “it” entertaining item. Because, I mean, when it’s sunny and 75 degrees out, who doesn’t want a plate piled high with pineapple, papaya, kiwis and allllllll the cheese?

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Ick, how does tropical fruit and CHEESE pair well together?” Well that, my friends, is all in the cheese. You see, I take my job as a food blogger very seriously and would never want to lead you astray, so I was sure to taste multiple cheese and tropical fruit combinations before I settled on the ones you see here. True, there are some pairings that just don’t work, but hey, there are a lot of pairings that do and I’ve taken all of the hassle of figuring that out off of your shoulders and come up with some fantastic pairings that will make your next Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day or Memorial Day get-together to the next level.

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I actually came up with the idea for this Tropical Fruit and Cheese Platter last October, when my dad and I took a “business” trip to Oahu, which essentially entailed us eating our way through the island for a week. If you’re in tune with the Oahu restaurant scene at all, then you’ll be no stranger to local celebrity chef Ed Kenney’s restaurants that have been making waves (haha, pun intended) all through Honolulu over the past 10 years or so. We ate at three of his four restaurants while we were there (and only skipped the fourth one because we had eaten there multiple times when I lived there) and were duly impressed by each one. Be sure to check out my Travel Diaries: Honolulu post for more deets on all of those, but right now I want to tell you all about the basket cheese we had at one of these said restaurants, Mud Hen Water.

We were able to talk my aunt and uncle into joining us for this dinner, which was all the better since everything is served family style and this way we could order double the amount of dishes to share. I was immediately intrigued by their menu offering of “Homemade Basket Cheese” so we decided to give it a shot. What was delivered to our table just moments later was a soft, ricotta-like cheese served with a multitude of fresh tropical fruits and, let me tell you, my mind was blown.

Up until that point, I had only thought that grapes, apples, apricots and the like were acceptable to be served with cheese, but boy was I proven wrong. The creamy, mellowness of the basket cheese paired perfectly with the mango and papaya that were served alongside it, and it immediately got the food blogger wheels churning in my head about what other types of cheeses might pair well with what are some of my favorite genre of fruits.

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Of course, Hawaii has the luxury of a tropical climate (and plenty of local fruit) year round, but I decided to wait until the weather started warming up a bit again here on the mainland before giving my Tropical Fruit and Cheese Platter a shot for this here blog. With temperatures in the high 70’s/low 80’s expected for us in Santa Barbara this weekend, and so many fun holidays right around the corner, I figured what better time to finalize this idea on paper! (Er, I mean on screen.)

So here’s what I ended up discovering in my in-depth research of the perfect tropical fruit and cheese pairings: Any of the mild, soft ricotta-like cheeses are a DREAM pairing for allll the tropical fruits. Especially if you add a little honey! I took some creamy mascarpone I had sitting in the refrigerator and sweetened it up a little, and let me just say you’re lucky I saved some to photograph because I could have very easily sat there and eaten the whole bowl with my pineapple and papaya spears.

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Sticking with the creamy theme, I also found that a good, simple goat cheese is a great pairing for most tropical fruits. It adds a simple tang (much like unsweetened or Greek yogurt would) without overwhelming the fruit with too much funk or contrasting flavors.

The only hard cheese that made the cut in my taste test was a basque cheese I picked up from Trader Joe’s. It has just a touch of funk, but not so much that it fights with the other flavors on the platter. It’s fairly mild compared to some other hard cheeses, and the slight saltiness is a great contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.

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Some other small touches that I found make a big difference that you may not think of:

Papaya is an interesting fruit, and can be fairly one-dimensional and almost a bit musty tasting at times. I find that a squeeze of fresh lime juice over top really transforms the flavor palate so be sure to serve some lime wedges on your platter for people to add as needed.

Of course another typical component you see on most traditional fruit and cheese platters is some sort of nut. This adds a crunchy and often salty element to the mix to contrast all of the sweet- and savory-ness. In sticking with the tropical theme, I added some macadamia nuts to the platter which added the perfect finishing touch.

And that’s it, folks! Really, the only “cooking” involved in this super easy party dish is stirring some honey into the mascarpone and plopping it into a bowl. Easy as that! Now, as I mentioned, we’ve got Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and a whole summer of entertaining ahead of us, so start scoping out the best tropical fruit you can find and get to making this to-die-for Tropical Fruit and Cheese Platter!

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Tropical Fruit and Cheese Platter
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Tropical fruits are paired with a delicious selection of cheeses, honey and macadamia nuts - perfect for your next warm weather get-together!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: appetizers, cheese, entertaining, fruit, Hawaiian, summer
Servings: 8 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Assorted tropical fruits, such as:
  • Pineapple spears
  • Papaya spears
  • Sliced kiwis
  • Mango slices
  • Lime wedges
Honeyed Mascarpone:
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
Other ingredients:
  • Creamy goat cheese
  • Basque cheese
  • Macadamia nuts
  1. Make the honeyed mascarpone by combining the two ingredients in a small serving bowl.

  2. Arrange all ingredients on a large platter and serve!

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Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel

These Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel are chock full of pork, crab and fresh herbs, all topped with a savory bechamel studded with bonito flakes.

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This post was brought to you by all of the fab food I ate during my trip to Honolulu last month. One of my favorite things about traveling is going out to eat and getting inspiration from all of the delicious dishes I get to taste in the process. When I was younger, my dad would taste a dish at a restaurant and then, without even asking the server of chef exactly what ingredients were used, go home and recreate the dish perfectly. I like to think I got that skill from him?

Well, whether or not I recreate a dish perfectly back at home, I still have a blast playing around with new flavor combinations that I’ve been inspired by. This Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel was inspired by the Lobster Shumai with Savory Crème Anglaise we had at Lucky Belly on the last night of our trip. I desperately wanted to use lobster in my shumai as well, but hey, this gal is on a budget and couldn’t bear spending $20 on a quarter pound of lobster meat.

So crab meat it was, of course complimented by some ground pork to give the necessary heft to these shumai. For those of you who aren’t familiar with shumai, they are small, steamed Chinese dumplings, usually filled with a combination of ground pork, ginger, green onions, etc. They’re basically a potsicker, just shaped differently. If you’ve ever been to a dim sum restaurant, you’ve likely tasted these or at least seen them making the rounds on those little carts the servers roll around.

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At Lucky Belly, they served their shumai as an appetizer, drenched in a delicious, savory Crème Anglaise. I decided to instead make a béchamel for my Crab and Pork Shumai (although the two sauces are very similar) and flavor it with dried bonito flakes (bonito is a type of fish that is a smaller relative of tuna.) If you’ve never heard of bonito flakes and never want to, that’s fine, just leave them out (although you’d certainly be missing out on an awesome flavor bomb.) But, if you’re feeling creative, just click here to order some on Amazon and you’ll have bonito for life (it’s very shelf stable.)

The whole process of making these Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel takes a little bit of time, but there’s nothing too difficult about it. You’ll first want to make your crab and pork filling by simply pulsing all of the filling ingredients in a food processor.

Then you simply lay out your square wonton wrappers (which you can also buy on Amazon if you don’t have an Asian market or Whole Foods near you) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and start scooping the filling on to them.

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Dipping your fingers into a small bowl of water, you’ll then go through and pinch up the sides of each of the shumai, making them look a bit like a drawstring purse.

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Traditionally, you would use a bamboo steamer lined with cabbage leaves to cook the shumai, however I used a typical stovetop steamer that I just sprayed with some cooking spray. It worked beautifully!

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After a quick eight minutes in the steamer, your Crab and Pork Shumai are done! Then it’s time to make the béchamel.

I used the classic Julia Child recipe as a base for my Bonito Bechamel, which is really quite easy (don’t be intimidated!) The sauce did turn out a tad thicker than I had imagined, but I hear that’s common just based on how you cook it. If your sauce thickens up too much, simply add a tablespoon or so more of milk until you have the desired consistency.

Aside from the basic béchamel ingredients, all you need to do to make this “Bonito Bechamel” is add in a tablespoon of the bonito flakes at the end. It seems simple but, trust me, it will pack a ton of flavor!

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And that’s it! Not too bad, right? And oh so delicious. The hubs absolutely went to town on these and I had to plead with him to leave me a few to have for lunch the next day. The savory pork and crab is balanced perfectly with the ginger, onions and other flavorings in the filling, and the Bonito Bechamel is the proverbial icing on the cake.

Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel are the perfect light supper, and would even be a great hors d’oeuvres to bring to any sort of cocktail party. And, if you’re feeling fancy, spring for the lobster! Either way, you’ll want to have this recipe in your repertoire forever and ever and ever…

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Crab and Pork Shumai with Bonito Bechamel
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
44 mins

These little dumplings of deliciousness are chock full of pork, crab and fresh herbs, all topped with a savory bechamel studded with bonito flakes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 18 shumai
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the shumai:
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 pound lump crabmeat
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 2 teaspoons worth)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 18 square wonton wrappers
For the bechamel:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon bonito flakes
  1. In a food processor, combine pork, crabmeat, ginger, garlic, green onions, cilantro, sake, salt and pepper. Pulse until all ingredients are nicely combined.

  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay wonton wrappers in rows on the prepared cookie sheet, then scoop about 1 teaspoon of the pork and crab mixture onto the middle of each wrapper. 

  3. Fill a small bowl with water. Dip your fingers in the water and then pinch up the sides of each wonton wrapper, pressing to seal. The top of the shumai will be open, it will look like a little drawstring purse (as you can see in the photos.)

  4. Place a steamer basket over a pan partially filled with water and spray with cooking spray (or line with cabbage leaves, if you have them.) Heat up the water until gently boiling and then place shumai in steamer basket. You will need to steam the shumai in a few batches, they will not all fit at one time (plus, you want some breathing room so you can easily get them out without them coming apart.) Steam each batch of shumai for 8 minutes, or until the pork and crab mixture is cooked through. Remove from basket and begin cooking the next batch.

  5. Once all shumai is cooked, place in a warm spot while you make the béchamel. You can also easily microwave the shumai for a bit once the sauce is ready if they get too cold. 

  6. To begin making the béchamel, heat the milk and salt in a small saucepan until gently bubbling. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, then add the flour. Whisk continuously for about 3 minutes to form a white roux. Remove from heat and, once the roux has stopped bubbling, add the hot milk mixture and immediately begin whisking vigorously. 

  7. Set the saucepan back over medium high heat and, continuing to whisk, add in the lemon juice and bonito flakes. Continue whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Cook for one minute and then immediately spoon over the shumai. 

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Shrimp Ceviche with Papaya

This Shrimp Ceviche is not your average ceviche. It’s full of flavor and has an extra-special tropical ingredient – fresh papaya!

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Things are gettin’ real. It’s officially less than five months until I say I do! Annnndddddd…I picked up my wedding dress this weekend! It was somewhat surreal. You see, contrary to most brides, picking out my wedding dress was not a huge production. I literally went to the bridal salon with my mom, my sister-in-law, and my niece a few months after Chris and I got engaged, with the best intentions of simply trying on a few dresses and getting a feel for what I wanted. But then. Oh but then. I tried on the last dress and absolutely fell in love. I fell so in love that we had my dad drive down to meet us (I had promised him I wouldn’t buy a dress without his review and approval) and we ordered it on the spot that day.

So, this was way back in August, and I have been waiting patiently for it (or sometimes not so patiently) ever since. And Saturday was the big day! The dress came into the shop, my sis drove down from Santa Cruz to meet me, and we made a day of it.

Now, the moral of this story (aside from the fact that I am beyond excited that I now have my wedding dress in my possession) is that it gave me that extra kick in the booty to continue whipping myself into shape and eating clean, not so much to diet, but so that I feel amazing (both inside and out) on the big day. I seriously feel such a difference in my energy levels, my skin, and the way my body feels in general when I am feeding it whole, nutritious foods. Anyone else feel me on this?

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Side note –> I caved in and downloaded the Kayla Itsines app a little while ago and have now been doing the program for two weeks. I’m loving it! I’ve made sure to incorporate strength training into my workouts since forever, but in preparation for the wedding I wanted to mix things up a bit and give my body a little change of pace. I’m used to lifting heavier weights at a slower pace, but the Kayla Itsines app has you go through 28-minute high-intensity strength training circuits with mostly your body weight. It may just be wishful thinking but I feel like I’m seeing a difference already. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how I feel once I’m a month (and two months, etc.) out! Has anyone else done Kayla’s BBG programs? Thoughts?

Okay, back to eating clean, because that’s what today’s recipe is all about. Ceviche is one of my absolute favorite “clean eating” recipes. It is so refreshing and light, yet full of flavor from things like citrus, jalapeno, cilantro, tomato, etc. For this version, I decided to make a Shrimp Ceviche, and pump up the flavor (and nutritional benefits!) even more with the addition of some fresh papaya. Did you know that papaya is not only a great source of B & C vitamins, carotene and potassium, but it also does wonders for your digestion? I fell in love with papaya when I lived in Hawaii. Nothing like some sweet, juicy papaya with a squeeze of fresh lime juice after a long day in the sun!

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So it is what it is: Shrimp Ceviche with Papaya. This dish is full of so many healthy, yummy foods (not just the papaya!) We throw in the typical lime juice, mix it up with some blood orange juice for a nice blend of citrus (regular oranges work fine if blood oranges don’t happen to be in season), and also throw in some avocado in addition to the typical jalapenos, cilantro and tomato (all so amazingly good for you!) This is truly a “nutritional powerhouse” of a meal. And it’s so tasty! Almost like you’re eating salsa but with some great protein and healthy fats thrown into the mix.

The only (semi-scary) part is getting the raw shrimp “cooked through” with the lime juice. Trust me, I was worried about this too! But I included plenty of acid (from the lime and blood orange juices) in this recipe so you truly do not have to worry about it. Just let the mixture sit a little bit longer than the recommended 30 minutes before eating if you’re not sure. You just want to be sure that the shrimp has taken on a pinkish hue and is turning opaque. The dish really does get better the longer the flavors meld together!

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I think Shrimp Ceviche with Papaya is going to be my go-to weeknight dinner, cocktail party or weekend barbecue contribution for the foreseeable future. Waistline friendly and super tasty! Now how can we beat that?

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And for more clean eating inspiration, be sure to check out these other healthy recipes!

Shrimp Ceviche with Papaya
Prep Time
15 mins
Refrigerator Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
A refreshing, tasty and healthy shrimp ceviche with an extra dose of nutritiousness from fresh papaya.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: ceviche, make-ahead, Mexican, papaya, shrimp, summer
Servings: 8 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Juice of 6 limes
  • Juice of 2 blood oranges
  • 1 cup diced papaya about ¼ of a large papaya
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 diced jalapeno seeds removed
  • ½ cup diced tomato
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado diced
  1. Remove tails from shrimp and cut into a small dice. Add to a large non-reactive (i.e. glass or metal) bowl with lime and blood orange juices. Add papaya, cucumber, red onion, jalapeno and tomato.
  2. Cover bowl with saran wrap and place in refrigerator for at least a half hour, or until shrimp has turned slightly pink and opaque.
  3. Remove bowl from refrigerator and stir in avocado and cilantro. Serve in martini cups or in a large bowl with a side of tortilla chips. Keep over ice if ceviche will be out of refrigerator for a while (i.e at a party.)
Recipe Notes

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Depending on the level of sweetness you like in a wine, I’d highly recommend a light, grassy Sauvignon Blanc such as this (for dry wine lovers) or a slightly off-dry Riesling such as this (for sweeter wine lovers.) The grassy, herbaceousness of the Sauvignon Blanc will pair nicely with all of the fresh flavors in the ceviche, while sweet, nectar-quality of the Riesling will help counteract any heat from the jalapeno.


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Eat the rainbow.