Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

Published February 14, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 10
Total Time: 20 min

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 0 min


Light and refreshing, this salad packs a wallop of flavor that hits all the classic Southeast Asian notes: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. If you're not familiar with fish sauce, don't worry. Although the smell is quite pronounced, the flavor is much more subtle, adding a savoriness that the Japanese refer to as "umami."

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories per serving: 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.0g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Sodium 219mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 14.0g 5%
Protein 1.2g 2%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1 large green papaya (found in Asian markets)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1-2 Thai (birds eye) chili to taste, trimmed and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced up to the dark green part
  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • Handful of chopped peanuts

Step by Step:

  1. Peel the papaya with a vegetable peeler. Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the alien-looking bits within. Slice into matchstick sized slices or grate using a box grater. Place into a large bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients from fish sauce down to green onion in a bowl. Set aside. Mix everything else in with the papaya. Toss and pour over the dressings. Toss again well. Store in the fridge until ready to serve--no more than six hours.