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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


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

How To Prepare
Fresh Garlic Cloves
3 whole
Bird's-eye Chili Peppers
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)
Thai Basil Leaves
1 Small Bunch
Coriander Leaves (Cilantro)
1 Bunch
*Sawtooth Herb, chopped can be used as an alternative
Kaffir Lime Leaves
Sliced Finely
Fish Sauce
3 tablespoons
Palm or Dark Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon
Lime Juice (fresh)
use 1 lime
Roasted Peanuts
2 tablespoons
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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