Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} – a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! Served with cabbage wraps and Thai Sticky Rice. 

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Here is a tasty recipe for Authentic Green Papaya Salad created by my friend Suwanee who recently started a Thai Recipe Blog called Simply Suwanee. She has an amazing story about growing up in Thailand that I encourage everyone to read. Movie-worthy!  Plus she’s an incredible photographer… we met way back when I was still catering weddings and she was photographing them.

Today she came over and showed me how to make her Bangkok-Style Green Papaya Salad with long beans, tomatoes and roasted peanuts.  We served it in cabbage wraps with sticky rice. Such a light and refreshing lunch- I just had to share!

Meet Simply Suwanee

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

The recipe starts with a truly green papaya.  Unripe, they almost taste like a vegetable instead of a fruit.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Cut in half and scoop out the seeds.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Peel the papaya, any way you choose. This is the “Thai” way. 😉

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Grate the papaya using one of these tools. Find them at an Asian Market, or get this one! 

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

You can also use a mandolin with a “matchstick blade”.

Pound some garlic and fresh chilies just to mash them up a bit.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Add a cupful of Long beans, cut into two-inch pieces.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Pound them just a little to tenderize them. You can use a mortar and pestil or a muddler!

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Then add the papaya and the tomatoes, stirring and mashing with the easy dressing.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

The Green Papaya Salad dressing is a mix of fish sauce,  tamarind (or lime juice)  and palm sugar ( or brown sugar).

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

This is palm sugar in case you are interested.

Muddle and toss everything together for a few minutes.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

At the end,  add the roasted peanuts.  So easy and flavorful!

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Suwanee always serves this with sticky rice and cabbage wraps. She also showed me how to make her authentic Thai sticky rice which you can find on her blog, Simply Suwanee.

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} - a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! #greenpapayasalad #papayasalad #thaisalad #thaifood #thairecipes

 

Give this Bangkok-Style Green Papaya Salad a try! Visit Simply Suwanee and take a peek at her recipes and photos- amazing- and make her sticky rice!

 

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Green papaya salad

Bangkok-Style Green Papaya Salad

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: Thai

Description

Green Papaya Salad {Bangkok Style!} – a light, healthy and refreshing salad bursting with authentic Thai Flavors! Serve with cabbage leaves and sticky rice.


Ingredients

Scale
  1. 1/2 green papaya, fine matchstick or grated ( 67 cups)
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 1 red Thai chili ( 2 for spicy)
  4. 1 cup Chinese Long Beans ( or green beans) cut into 1-inch pieces
  5. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. 3 tablespoons brown sugar (or palm sugar)
  7. 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  8. 3 tablespoons lime juice (or use tamarind water)
  9. 3 tablespoons water
  10. 1/4 cup roasted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Slice the green papaya in half scoop out seeds with a spoon and peel. Grate into small matchsticks. Set aside.
  2. Mash two garlic cloves with 1-2 red Thai chilies and place in a large bowl.
  3. Muddle the long beans for one minute. Add to the bowl
  4. Add the tomatoes and shredded papaya to the bowl.
  5. In a small bowl mix sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and water.
  6. Pour dressing over the salad and muddle and stir for about one minute. You can also use your hands and massage ( use kitchen gloves).
  7. Add the peanuts and toss.
  8. Serve with sticky rice and cabbage leaves to make little wrap!

Notes

Palm sugar is less sweet than brown sugar so add a little extra if needed.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 8.2 g
  • Sodium: 749.7 mg
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.5 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Green Papaya Salad, Thai salad, papaya salad, Thai papaya salad, Bangkok papaya salad

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I just made this! So tasty. Piled it over leftover brown rice..and made a lunch bowl. Feels very light and healthy. I used regular french green beans ( couldn’t find long beans) and subbed lime juice instead of tamarind. Thanks for the clear instructions. Delicious! Will have to attempt that sticky rice next. 🙂

  2. Okay this looks amazing – its one of my favourites, though I always order it and have never made it myself.

    Just a quick question – have you edited the pictures of the in half papaya at all? Or are they naturally almost greyscale inside? So fascinating.