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This Thai Green Papaya Salad or Som Tam is a simple healthy and authentic recipe that's packed with flavor. #easy #recipe #healthy #thai #papaya #salad | ColeyCooks.

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: mixed
  • Cuisine: Thai


This authentic recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad or Som Tam is a simple and healthy recipe that’s packed with flavor. Crisp and juicy unripened papaya is julienned and mixed with an assortment of colorful vegetables and herbs, tossed in a spicy, tangy dressing and topped with crunchy chopped peanuts. It makes a wonderful side with grilled meats, chicken and seafood. 



  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons packed palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp crushed red chili flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1 medium unripe green papaya (about 1 pounds), peeled, halved and seeded
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 1 big handful of green beans (about a dozen) ends snapped off and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large tomato, cut into chunks, or about 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium shallot, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Thai basil, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped peanuts


  1. Add the lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce, garlic and chili flakes to a medium bowl, then whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Use a julienne tool or mandolin with a julienne attachment to create long thin strands of the papaya and carrot. If you don’t have a julienne tool, you can julienne by hand or use a box grater. The texture will be slightly different, but it still works.
  3. Add the papaya and carrots to a large mixing bowl along with the green beans, tomatoes, shallots, cilantro and Thai basil. Pour dressing over top and toss to thoroughly combine.
  4. Arrange salad on a platter and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Garnish with more herbs if desired.

Keywords: som tam, green papaya, Thai, Asian, spicy, salad, fish sauce, healthy