By Request

Betty Shimabukuro

New edition yields
answer to search
for a special dressing

The cookbook we feature today, "Best of the Best from Hawaii," conveniently answers a request from B. Christian, who'd like to make a papaya seed dressing.

"Best of the Best" offers two recipes, drawn from two locally written cookbooks. They are similar, combining vinegar, onion and mustard with papaya seeds -- all standard flavors in this type of dressing -- but one uses honey, the other sugar, which colors the flavor of each.

You can vary the taste by experimenting with different types of vinegar or mustard.

Papaya Seed Dressing 1

"Tailgate Party Cookbook" by Kris Smith (

1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 small onion, minced
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoons papaya seeds

Combine vinegar, honey and onion in a blender or food processor and blend on low speed. Gradually add oil. Increase speed to high and add mustard and papaya seeds. Blend 1 more minute.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per 2 tablespoons: 85 calories, 8 g total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, no cholesterol or protein, 10 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate.

Papaya Seed Dressing 2

"A Lei of Recipes" Kauai Association for Family and Community Education (3472 Maona road, Lihue 96766, or call 808-245-2532)

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons papaya seeds

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until papaya seeds are ground fine. Serve over fresh greens.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per 2 tablespoons: 80 calories, 5 g total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, no cholesterol or protein, 90 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate.

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Asterisk (*) after nutritional analyses in the
Body & Soul section indicates calculations by Joannie Dobbs of Exploring New Concepts,
a nutritional consulting firm.

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