Paleo Green Papaya Salad

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Paleo Green Papaya Salad was inspired by the first big trip I ever took abroad.
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The Inspiration for this Green Papaya Salad

I fell in love with Green Papaya Salad on my trip to Bali in 2011.

We took a side trip to Nusa Lembongan, a tiny island off the coast of Bali and spent a couple days snorkeling and enjoying maximum relaxation time. While there, we dined outside at a Thai restaurant and I had my first taste of this dish…flavors of savory, spicy, sour and a little sweet all duked it out on my tongue.

Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make Green Papaya Salad (or som tam as it’s called in Thai) myself and make it Paleo-friendly.

What are the Ingredients in Green Papaya Salad?

I’ll admit, this recipe may fit under the “special” category because you may have to do a little searching outside a conventional grocery store to find some of the ingredients, but any Asian food market should have these basic ingredients.

Our local health food market actually has everything you’d need except the fish sauce and dried shrimp! Green papaya are usually found at Asian food markets. They are different than the typical orange or yellow sweet papayas that are more common to find.

Most of the recipes I searched online use peanuts, bean sprouts and sugar to develop the complex flavor profile of som tam.

With a few swaps, I figured out a couple ingredients that did the trick.ย I substituted cucumber for the bean sprouts (similar in color and texture) and roasted unsalted cashews for the peanuts.

Green Papaya Salad | stephgaudreau.com

Green Papaya Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Ethnic, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Veggies, Whole30
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Green Papaya Salad will have all the flavors of savory, spicy, sour and a little sweet combined duking it out on your tongue.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium green papaya about 4 cups shredded
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
  • 3 green onions
  • 12 green beans
  • 1 or 2 Thai red chili peppers*
  • 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves washed and packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp optional
  • Cashews and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel the papaya with a sharp knife. Julienne the flesh using a julienne peeler (as I did) or use a box grater to achieve a similar effect.

Prep the remaining veggies:

  1. Juice the limes and pour over the veggies. Hint: Roll your limes on the counter prior to squeezing to help release the juice.
  2. Add fish sauce, coconut aminos and (optional) a drizzle of honey.
  3. If you prefer, add the dried shrimp and then let sit for 30 min for all the flavors to meld. Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro prior to serving. Serve straight up or as a delicious side dish to grilled chicken or fish.
  4. Enjoy the taste-circus thatโ€™s about to happen in your mouth!
Nutrition Facts
Green Papaya Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 337mg 112%
Sodium 4237mg 177%
Potassium 977mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 45.7%
Vitamin C 98.4%
Calcium 24.3%
Iron 29.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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