Papaya Salad

Spicy Level: Mild to Spicy

Gluten-Free: Yes

Som Tum (in Thai) or Papaya Salad is an extremely popular dish of Northeastern Thai cuisine. It is a healthy salad made from shredded unripe or green papaya mixed with traditional basic dressing. This refreshing dish combines the five main tastes of the local cuisine: sour lime juice, hot chili pepper, sweet palm sugar, salty and savory fish sauce. It is usually eaten with sticky rice by dipping a small ball of sticky rice into Som Tum dressing. There are different types of variety of Som Tum available, some of which can make your eyes water while your tongue begs for more into fiery, crisp and firm green papaya. The Central regional version is called Som Tum Thai, which is the mildest. Som Tum is typically served alone or with Thai sticky rice.


Choice of Protein Ingredients Quantity
Shrimp Protein 1/4 lb
None Shredded Papaya  1/2 lb
Shredded Carrot  1/4 lb
Fresh chili pepper 2
String beans  1/8 lb
Lime 1
Cherry tomatoes 3
Ground peanut 2 oz.
  Som Tum sauce 80g




  1. Rinse Fresh  Papaya And Shredded Papaya.
  2. Rinse Fresh  Carnot  And Shredded Carnot.
  3. Fresh Chili sliced.
  4. Cut  halves cherry tomatoes
  5. Juice of lime
  6. sting beans cut into 1 inch
  7. To peel raw shrimp,pull off the head and legs and leave the last tail. De-vein by making a shallow slit down the middle of the back to expose the black intestine (To butterfly,make the slit deeper). Lift out the black vein.And rinse it out under cold running water.



  1. Boil water with medium pot at high heat,when water rolling boil hard,add shrimps Cook for 1 -2 minutes or until cooked and Then,using a wire-mesh skimmer,lift it out of water shaking off the excess water, and set aside on plate.
  2. Crush garlic, tomatoes, green beans. Set them aside in a large bowl. Add  shrimp, Som Tum Sauce and to the bowl. Add shredded carrots  and Shredded green papaya  mix well.Serve with sticky rice and a sliver of cabbage, green beans Plate and garnish with the remaining peanuts. .

Do a taste-test, add more fish sauce or soy sauce instead of salt if needed. If you prefer it sweeter, add  more sugar (honey  ). If you prefer more spice, add more chili . If too salty or sweet, add more lime juice.

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