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