Asian-Style Green Papaya Salad

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30 MINUTES OR LESSGreen papaya is almost flavorless and readily lends itself to an assertive dressing; for an even bolder flavor, add diced, fresh chilies to the salad. Remember that if you can’t find this fruit preshredded, allow extra preparation time for shredding your own. An Asian-style seasoned and baked tofu adds another element of texture and flavor; if you can’t find baked tofu, be sure at least to select a firm variety, even if it is unseasoned.

  • 3Servings


  • 8 oz. tempeh, cubed
  • 6 oz. Asian-style baked tofu, cubed
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. tamari soy sauce
  • 4 cups firmly packed shredded green papaya
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • 3 Tbs. sesame seeds, for garnish


  • 3 Tbs. tamari soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil


Heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry tempeh in two batches for 2 to 3 minutes, or until crispy and golden. Drain on paper towels and place in small bowl with 3 tablespoons soy sauce to marinate. Refrigerate to cool.

Fill serving bowl with shredded green papaya and toss with diced tomatoes.

To make dressing, stir together lime juice, tamari soy sauce, sugar, garlic and oil to taste. Stir until sugar dissolves. Toss papaya and tomatoes with dressing.

Just before serving, toss tempeh and tofu with shredded papaya. Garnish with mint leaves and sesame seeds and serve.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 350
  • Carbohydrate Content: 28 g
  • Fat Content: 16 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 1600 mg