Thursday, February 04, 2010

Green Papaya Salad

When I was planning my most recent Daring Cooks challenge, this salad immediately popped into my head to serve on the side.

Green Papaya Salad

It's another one of our favorite Thai dishes, but I feared that it would be time-consuming and high maintenance. Happily, I was wrong! The biggest time saver was the pre-shredded green papaya and carrot mixture that I bought at our local Asian market. Since the manual labor was already done for me, this came together in literally 2 minutes.

If you've never had this delightful salad before, it's tangy, spicy, and radiates freshness. I wasn't familiar with palm sugar before I made this salad. I found it in a heavy solid round block at my Asian market, and found that the best way to handle it was to grate it with my Microplane.

Do you know any other interesting recipes that use palm sugar?

Green Papaya Salad
Adapted from thaitable.com
Serves 2

1 1/2 tablespoons palm sugar
Juice of 1 lime
2 cups green papaya, shredded
10 green beans, halved
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce for a vegetarian version)
2 chile peppers
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons peanuts, crushed

1. Crush garlic, tomatoes, green beans, and chiles with the back of a spoon in a large bowl just enough to bruise.

2. Whisk together fish or soy sauce, lime juice and palm sugar, and add to the bowl.

3. Add green papaya and toss well. Top with crushed peanuts.

10 comments:

woodsman said...

I used to get this at the Laotion store I used to visit.It was made by a laotion woman right in the store. It was the salad I hated to love. Upon first taste I didn't think I liked it but I was drawn in. Now I crave it.

Allie said...

i LOVE papaya salad!

Sarachic2 said...

I live in Thailand, and this is one of my most favorite dishes to eat in the market during the hottest months!

Lauryn said...

OMG I can't believe it's papaya! I thought it was noodles! Looks phenomenal!! yum!!!

TeaLady said...

Looks light and delicious.

Sophia said...

I've never had a Thai salad before, but I think I might have to try one now. Here's my favorite Asian salad: http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/sunomono_japanese_cucumber_salad.htm

Let me know what you think!

Cate said...

I ate this at least once a day when we were in Thailand. It's great with salted eggs and sticky rice! Your photo is perfect.

leo said...

My mother brought some papyas at home and it has been staying in the fridge for days. I haven't thought what to do with them not until this post! Thanks.
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(wife.) said...

looks SO good!! I sent you that eggplant recipe I adapted from Shaheen/Purple Foodie, right? It has palm sugar in it. really, really yummy.

Amy said...

this was one of my favorite recipes from my trip to south east asia-- yum!!

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