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Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

Prepare for your tastebuds to be tantalised with this Thai Green Papaya Salad! Som Tam delivers so many flavours at once. Sweet, sour, salty, spicy.
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Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai Green Papaya Salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 178kcal


For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chilli minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • ¼ cup/125 ml fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp Tamarind sauce optional

For the salad

  • 1/ 4-5 cups green/unripe papaya small
  • 1 cup green beans raw
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 1 lime for garnish
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts


For the dressing

  • In a mortar combine peanuts, garlic, minced chilli, salt and Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener bash with a pestle until you have a paste and then combine with fish sauce, Tamarind sauce if using and lime juice. Set aside.

For the salad!

  • Peel and cut green papaya on a mandoline in thin, long strips or use a vegetable grater. (Discard membranes and seeds) Cut raw green beans and cherry tomatoes in half. Mix papaya, bean and cherry tomatoes, add the dressing and toss the salad gently until evenly coated. Set aside for the flavours to meld for 30 minutes. At the end of 30 minutes the mixture should be quite wet.
  • Serves garnished with slightly crushed roasted peanuts, cilantro and limes wedges.


The dressing could be made using a sugar substitute of choice. 


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1116IU | Vitamin C: 184mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg