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Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

Recipe adapted from Hot Thai Kitchen
Servings: 4 cups salad
Author: Samantha Ferraro


Papaya Salad

  • 2 cups shredded green papaya
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 Tb dried shrimp chopped
  • 5-6 long green beans or regular green beans, quickly blanched
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half

Salad Dressing

  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 Tbsp tamarind juice
  • 2 Tb fish sauce


  • First cook the green beans if you havent already. Place them in boiling water for about 20 seconds and then remove them to an ice water bowl to stop the cooking. Drain and reseve to the side.
  • In a large bowl, add the peanuts, garlic, dried shrimp and green beans. Use a muddler to press all the ingredients together. Alternatively, you can also use a large mortar and pestle or just your hands.
  • Next add in the papaya and tomatoes and continue to press everything together, making sure all the ingredients are mixed evenly.
  • Add all the dressing ingredients to the salad mixture. Continue to press and incorporate all the flavors. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  • Place salad in bowls and top with additional roasted peanuts and dried shrimp.