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How To Make Cambodian Healthy Green Papaya Salad Asian Recipe

Updated on February 9, 2015

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

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Green Papaya Salad is a popular dish throughout Southeast Asia. Since Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have a very hot and humid climate, salads are often eaten as a whole meal.

This is a healthy Salad Recipe that takes about a half hour to make. It is a delicious and colorful dish that is enjoyed all over the world. Now you can make this dish at home!

(Traditionally in Cambodia, this Salad is served with Pickled Crab. It is very hard to find in the West, so the recipe for this has been omitted. If you are able to find Pickled Crab, add 1 Pickled Crab to the Mortar along with the Garlic, Chilies, Dried Shrimp and Lime Zest.)

Let's look at the Ingredients:


Green Papaya Salad Ingredients

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Fresh Garlic Cloves
3 whole
Peeled
Bird's-eye Chili Peppers
2
 
Dried Shrimp
1 tablespoon
 
Kaffir Lime Zest (or any lime)
A Pinch
 
Green Papaya (Unripened)
1 small
Peel and Slice into thin strips
Green Beans
1/2 cup (100 g)
Sliced
Tomatoes
2
Quartered
Thai Basil Leaves
1 Small Bunch
 
Coriander Leaves (Cilantro)
1 Bunch
*Sawtooth Herb, chopped can be used as an alternative
Kaffir Lime Leaves
4
Sliced Finely
Fish Sauce
3 tablespoons
 
Palm or Dark Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon
 
Lime Juice (fresh)
use 1 lime
 
Roasted Peanuts
2 tablespoons
Chopped
Pestle and Mortar
 
for grinding ingredients (a Food Processor can be substituted


Let's look at the Recipe:


Green Papaya Salad Recipe

  • Pound the Garlic, Chilies, Dried Shrimp and Lime Zest in a Mortar. (Use a Food Processor if you don't have one).
  • Add the Papaya, Green Beans and Tomatoes and continue pounding until the Papaya is completely incorporated.
  • Add the Basil, Coriander Leaves (Cilantro) or Sawtooth Herbs and Kaffir Lime Leaves.
  • Mix together and season with the Fish Sauce, Sugar and Lime Juice.
  • Garnish with the Chopped Peanuts and Serve!

That's It!

Jong Yam! (Let's Eat!)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Brett! I don't care too much for the fish sauce (prahok in Cambodian)that much either. I usually add either a little or none! The fish are called mud fish and they literally do let them rot in the sun! I thought it was dangerous for health but it isn't. In fact, the Greeks were the ones who actually invented the process and they brought it to Asia many years ago. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate you SHARING!

      JSMatthew~

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      a great meal to share! I love this stuff in Thailand, but just can't eat it with the sauce they add called 'parra', which is basically finish ground up and left in a jar and allow to ferment in the sun… Too powerful for my stomach! lol

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Ruchira: Thank you for the birthday wishes! It has been a very exciting day for me on HubPages! This recipe is easy to make and very delicious and healthy. Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @VeronicaFarkas: I appreciate your compliments! I tried to lay the Hub out so it is easy to follow and organized. Thanks for commenting, voting and sharing!

      JSMatthew~

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I love green papaya 'cause of it's health benefits. I have had this salad at asian restaurants but never tried it...Thanks JS for the share!

      Happy Birthday!!

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      This is a great recipe, and the layout of the hub is brilliant! I've bookmarked this to try!

      Voted up & useful, & am sharing!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate your comment Rajan! Thanks for linking this to your Hub! I hope you can get the ingredients fresh from the market soon, and try this recipe. It is a popular twist on a classic dish. Please let me know what you think if you try this.

      JSMatthew~

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This recipe sounds good and I'm sure is going to taste better. But I have to wait till I get a papaya from the market.

      Thanks for sharing. Up and interesting.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello oceansnsunsets! This is a refreshing salad! I hope that you try it and come back and tell me what you think! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      This recipe sounds so good. I like the freshness, the ingredients and how the peanuts top it off. Thanks so much for sharing such a great looking recipe with us! :) Can't wait to try it.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello flikabing! Maybe you can make this for your brothers? I bet they would enjoy it! I appreciate your comment and for voting up!

      JSMatthew~

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      April Gail 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro

      wow...I am filipino but I don't know how to make this kind of salad. thanks for sharing! this recipe deserves to be voted up!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is a really fast and easy recipe The Fastionista. It's also delicious! I appreciate all the votes and your comment!

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      The Fastionista 5 years ago

      I love salads, but sometimes I find myself in a rut - this is the perfect recipe for some variety! Thank you for sharing it (and I like that it seems pretty easy to make, too!) I'm looking forward to trying it - voted up, useful, and interesting!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Expert Gardener I hope that you decide to make this and come back and let me know what you think! Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Expert Gardener 5 years ago

      I have plenty of these veges at my home garden. I could do this also but you have unique approach. thanks for sharing

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @icciev: I am happy that you find this recipe easy to follow! Thank you.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @NotSoPerfect: I appreciate your comment and Thanks for the votes!

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      icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

      thanks for this interesting and easy to follow recipe. voted up

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      NotSoPerfect 5 years ago from United States

      Yummy! Great hub as usual. =) Voting up, useful and interesting.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you for your comments! I hope that you all enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think!

      JSMatthew~

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      happypuppy 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this recipe! I like the fact that it's easy to follow and I can find all the ingredients at my local grocery store. Voted up and useful! I like papayas and normally just eat them as fruits(the ripened ones). Will definitely give this salad a try! :)

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      asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

      As usual a tasty hub mathew .keep it up!

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      betterstuff 5 years ago from Australia

      thanks

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      That's awesome lobobrandon! I am glad you enjoyed it and appreciate you coming back and telling me! Please let me know what you think about the coconut ice cream recipe! Thanks again for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      I already tried the salad yesterday :-) I just added papaya to my usual salad - truly amazing :-)

      Yet to try out your coconut ice-cream :D

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      lobobrandon it makes a great salad! I hope that you try it and come back and let me know what you think. Thanks for the comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Looks yummy. I've never tried papaya as a salad. I'm sure to try this out :-) thanks for the great recipe

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Victoria Lynn! This recipe is very common in all of Southeast Asia. I appreciate your comment, votes, and bookmark! I always appreciate your comments!

      JSMatthew~

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love papaya. I was introducted to it by a friend from Vietnam. Will bookmart this recipe. Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is both healthy and delicious AnnNoE! Thanks for stopping by!

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      AnnNoE 5 years ago from Roswell, New Mexico

      Salads are supposed to be healthy, but this one sounds tasty too.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello PiaC! I am honored to have you stop by! Yes, you can supplement the Green Papaya with Green Mangoes. In fact, that is my wife's favorite salad and is another recipe that I will be posting, but it is basically the same. My wife eats it with dried fish. In Cambodia, Mango Season only lasts for about a month so most recipes that require Mangoes, use unripened ones. Usually the ripe Mangoes are eaten more as a treat or snack and often they are dried out. So yes, this recipe can use unripened Mangoes and it is a great alternative to Green Papaya! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I'm very fond of green papaya salad, but sadly, I cant find it at my grocery stores. DO you think this recipe would work just as well with unripened mango?

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks hazelwood4! I hope that you enjoy this and come back and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      hazelwood4 5 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      This recipe sounds delicious.:) I am bookmarking this recipe, and I am also voting up!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @DonnaCosmato: I appreciate your comment very much! I try to design my recipes just the way you have explained it! When you try this please let me know how you like it. Also, please tell us where you find the Pickled Crabs. I don't have to go to a store because my relatives pickle them themselves. I need to get that recipe so I can post it! Thanks for your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @picklesandrufus: It is both healthy and delicious! I hope that you try it and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by.

      JSMatthew~

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing, this sounds absolutely delicious and I love how you presented the ingredients and how to prepare them. It's almost like the convenience of looking at cookbook rather than trying to read through a list. This is an excellent hub and I voted it up. I'm off now to look for some pickled crab!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      sounds delicious and very healthy!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello livelonger! I am glad that you can now make this salad at home! Substituting the Soy Sauce for the other ingredients is a great way to make it truly Vegetarian! Thanks for the suggestion.

      JSMatthew~

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for sharing this! I love this salad, too, although as a vegetarian I leave out the dried shrimp and fish sauce (substituting in soy sauce). Well, I should say, I ask the waiter to do this, since I've never tried to make this at home. Now I will!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Claudia Tello: It is true that this recipe varies by country but the basics are the same. I can't wait to visit Thailand and Cambodia in a few years! I am jealous of you! Thanks for stopping by and I am now following you! Please let me know what you think once you try this recipe.

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @gailalovesbijou: This is very simple and also very healthy. I appreciate your bookmarking and comment! Let me know what you think once you try it!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @homesteadbound: Thanks! I have more coming so keep your eyes open! I had a picture of this from the other day when we had a party but I seem to have deleted it by accident! I will take photos when we make it again! I will be focusing on Salads for the next several Hubs. Thanks again for all your comments!

      JSMatthew~

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I tried this salad for the first time in Thailand and it is absolutely delicious. I reckon each country has its variation because I don't remember the green beans in it. I've bookmarked this hub for later use.

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      gailalovesbijou 5 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

      This sounds delicious, healthy, and you've made it look simple to prepare. I bookmarked this recipe and will be making it soon. So much flavor in one dish! Thank you!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      You have so many amazing recipes. I love salads as meals. You'll have to make this one and add a picture. I would love to see it.