Cook's Hideout: Thai Green Papaya Salad (Vegan Recipe)

January 24, 2015

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Vegan Recipe)

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: 1 Cuisine -- 3 Dishes
Dish: Thai Cuisine -- Thai Green Papaya Salad
My theme for this week's blogging marathon is pick 1 cuisine and cook 3 dishes. Valli gave us 4 countries to choose from and I went back and forth between Arabian and Thai cuisines, but finally ended up picking Thai. So for the next 3 days I will be posting 3 different courses of Thai dishes.
Thai Green Papaya Salad (Vegan Recipe)
Today is a very famous Thai salad made with Green Papaya. My husband used to travel to Thailand quite frequently and he had nothing but praise for this Green Papaya salad. He tasted them at many street vendors and seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. We were at a party in a Thai restaurant recently where they served Green Papaya salad, it looked amazing but had dried shrimp and fish sauce in it, so we couldn't taste it. But it definitely inspired me to make the salad right away at home.

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Vegan Recipe)
Green papayas are available in Indian groceries all year round. I have only seen ripe ones in the other grocery stores. Cucumber, Green beans or long bans can be used as substitutes. Thai poeple use clay mortar and pestle to mix and fold all the ingredients to ensure that the seasonings permeate the dense texture of the papaya, carrots and long beans. If the mortar and pestle is not available, a steel bowl with a rolling pin can be used to grind and mix the salad. DO NOT use a food processor, its blades will crush the ingredients too fine causing them to lose their crunchy texture and resulting in too much liquid.
Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Green Papaya - 1 small, peeled and shredded (about 2 cups)
Carrot - 1 medium, shredded
Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
Fresh Green Chilies - 2, finely chopped
Long beans - 6~8, cut into 2" pieces, about ¼cup
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped (I used halved grape tomatoes)
Roasted Peanuts - ¼cup, chopped
Fresh Lime juice - 2tbsp or more to taste
Light Soy sauce - 2tbsp, or more to taste
Palm sugar - 1tbsp, finely chopped or melted (add more for taste)
Cabbage/ Lettuce - 2 cups, cleaned and cut into bite size pieces

  • Select a firm green papaya and shred into thin matchsticks using a shredder or mandolin. Peel and shred the carrot .
  • In a clay mortar and pestle or a large steel bowl, crush the garlic first. Add and crush the chilies, then add the long beans and continue crushing until well mixed.
  • Add papaya and carrot. Lightly pound with the pestle while simultaneously using a large spoon to toss the mixture.Continue pounding and tossing until well combined.
  • Add tomatoes, peanuts, lime juice, soy sauce and sugar. Continue pounding and tossing to mix well and evenly distribute the flavors.
  • Taste and adjust the flavor with more soy sauce, lime juice and sugar to taste. 
  • Serve with the cabbage or lettuce on the side.
Thai Green Papaya Salad (Vegan Recipe)
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 48.


  1. That's one of the best salads ine can's a big hit in our family. .very well made Pavani.

  2. Love the crunchy ness of peanut ur click SS:-)

  3. yumm. I make green papaya kootu. Never tried this will try it soon

  4. This salad sounds so yummy! I am going to try it.

  5. That's s brilliant dish pavani! Personally I don't like raw papaya but the crunch of this salad is tempting ..

  6. Salad looks crunchy munchy, i can finish that plate anytime.

  7. Love the color and crunch of the salad, really tempting.

  8. Very colorful and tempting salad pavani. I get green papaya easily here. The ingredients are easily available, must try this soon!!

  9. Wow Pavani, that salad looks amazing!...

  10. Totally awesome! Going to try this soon :)

  11. Salad looks so refreshing with lots of flavour and texture..

  12. Very colorful and popular salad!

  13. A refreshing and lovely salad.


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