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papaya salad
Thai Green Papaya Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

One of the national dishes of Thailand - Som Tom - Thai Green Papaya Salad. Easy to make and full of flavors. A perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy!

Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Vicky Berman
  • For the sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce substitute soy sauce for vegetarian or vegan version
  • 1.5 tablespoons palm sugar or brown sugar
  • For the salad:
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp omit for vegetarian or vegan version
  • 3-4 red bird's eye chilies
  • 3 to matoes cut into wedges
  • 4 long beans or asparagus cut into 2 inch segments
  • 10 ounces unripe papaya peeled and shredded
  • 1 carrot peeled and shredded
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted peanuts
  1. To make the sauce combine fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a bowl. Mix until sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust if needed.
  2. To a wooden mortar add shrimp, garlic and chilis and start to lightly pound.
  3. Add tomatoes and continue to lightly pound.
  4. Add long beans and pound a few times.
  5. Add sauce, papaya, carrot and peanuts. Carefully pound with the spoon in the other hands so as not to make the papaya mushy.
  6. Taste and adjust flavors with additional fish sauce, lime juice or sugar if necessary
Nutrition Facts
Thai Green Papaya Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 1700mg74%
Potassium 380mg11%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 3220IU64%
Vitamin C 49.5mg60%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.