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Thai-Style Green Papaya Salad

Delicately flavored white miso paste stands in for fish sauce in this classic Southeast Asian starter.



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3 cups shredded or julienned green papaya
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¼ cup lime juice
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5 Tbs. unsalted peanuts, crushed, divided
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5 cloves garlic, minced (5 tsp.)
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2 tsp. white miso paste
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1½ tsp. light brown sugar
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15 steamed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
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1 Thai bird chile or ½ serrano chile, thinly sliced
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8 cherry tomatoes, halved
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4 tsp. thinly sliced green onion, optional


1. Soak shredded papaya 10 minutes in 3 cups cold water. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, purée lime juice, 1 Tbs. peanuts, garlic, miso, and brown sugar in food processor. Season with salt, if desired.

3. Combine miso mixture with papaya, green beans, and chile in large bowl. Add tomatoes, and mix gently. Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbs. peanuts and 1 tsp. green onion (if using).

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
17 g
0 mg
92 mg
3 g
8 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Would love suggestions on peanut substitute for this recipe, for those of us who cannot be near them.

The recipe sounds nice. All the ingredients seem to work in harmony. But I don't think it should be labelled as Thai style. Papaya salad or somtam should be a combination of spicy, sour and hint of sweet flavours, therefore palm sugar is crucial for the dish. Brown sugar can be used instead of palm sugar. We don't use miso as Japanese do. Soy sauce can be used as a replacement of fish sauce. And all the ingredients should be fresh, including green beans. Peanut should be toasted before use. Cashew nuts also give good texture and flavour. There is no onion at all in this dish (but I agree spring onion goes well with miso). PS. Having raw papaya could cause too much gas in the stomach so, we usually have the salad with some sticky rice (glutinous rice) and some grilled stuff (maybe tofu or tempeh satay?) :) Hope you don't mind I give my opinion. I cannot help speaking when it comes to Thai food. :D

What whole food could be used instead of sugars.....perhaps a fruit or dates? What amount?