Posted by: SV | July 30, 2013

Papaya Salad



You can purchase green papayas from Asian Markets.  Make sure it’s green and not ripe.  You will need a mandoline grater which will make grating so much easier than trying to slice the papaya into match stick.

Papaya Salad

Serves 6-8


  • 1 medium to large papaya, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated (optional)
  • ½ lb of  cooked strips of pork (e.g., pork tenderloin)
  • ½ lb of cooked shrimp, peeled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • crushed black pepper to taste
  • 10-12 mint leaves, set aside a few for garnish
  • 1-2 cups of sweet fish sauce (recipe below)

In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours to let the salad marinade.  Garnish with mint.


Sweet Fish Sauce:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 fresh Thai chili (or ¼ tsp of hot chili peppers flakes)
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1 ½  cup warm water
  • 4 tbsp fresh lime juice with pulp (1 lime)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-6 tbsp shredded carrots for garnish

Either finely chop garlic and pepper OR use a mortar and pestle to grind garlic and hot pepper.  If you are using pepper flakes, no need to grind.  Place the chopped or ground garlic and pepper into a small bowl then add the rest of the ingredients for the dressing.  Stir well until sugar dissolves.  If the sauce is not quite sweet enough add a bit more sugar.  If the sauce is too sweet and not tangy enough for your taste, add some more lime juice to cut the sweetness.






  1. It’s really amazing

    Thanks for the recipe, i would like to try it 🙂

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