Som Ta – Green Papaya Salad
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Som Ta (Thai Green Papaya Salad) is a flavorful and refreshing salad that goes just as well with coconut curry as with grilled chicken.
Recipe Type: Salad
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 large green papaya (about 2 pounds/1 kilo), peeled, seeded, and shredded
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 ounces string beans, trimmed and cut in thirds
  • 1 small red hot chili pepper, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (omit if vegetarian)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Dash of chili oil (optional)
  • ½ cup crushed peanuts
  1. Put the papaya, tomatoes, string beans, and chili pepper in a large bowl and toss with a wooden spoon, pressing down to bruise the ingredients slightly.
  2. Put the lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, brown sugar, lime zest, and chili oil, if using, in a bowl and whisk together to combine.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to thoroughly combine.
  4. Top with crushed peanuts and serve.
Gluten free (just double check the fish sauce) If you omit the fish sauce (just use a little salt instead) then the salad is Parve, Vegetarian, and Vegan
Recipe by Katherine Martinelli at