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Som Tam - Thai Green Papaya Salad

som tam, thai green papaya salad recipe by mae jum  

Som Tam - Thai Green Papaya Salad


Som tam is my all-time favourite salad, whether it's for lunch or dinner or even a snack! I will have a Thai green papaya salad at least 2 times minimum a week, without fail!

I remember growing up eating som tam every day when I was a child, I used to sit in the kitchen and learn how to make it from my mother, we would match the number of chillies with my age haha. But if I stuck to that rule today I would have burnt all my taste buds off by now, imagine using 50+ chillis!! I loved making som tam when my girls were little, they would hear the thumping of the pestle in the mortar and come running downstairs because they knew exactly what I was making! So many great family memories relate to this one Thai salad.

Thai green papaya salad is also a very healthy dish, so really let yourself go and indulge in great flavours without having to hold back! Serve it with some sticky rice with Moo Krob - Crispy deep-fried pork belly or Red Curried BBQ Chicken!

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Som Tam - Thai Green Papaya Salad

A classic Thai dish! A spicy papaya salad has chilli to give it heat, but the freshness from the other ingredients provides cooling element! Perfect balance of flavours!
3.5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 181kcal


  • 200 g Green Papaya you could use raw swede
  • 70 g Long Green Beans
  • 50 g Carrots
  • 100 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2-3 Thai Red Chillis
  • 20 g Small Dried Shrimp Take out for vegan option
  • 15 g Roasted Peanuts
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce soya sauce for vegan option
  • 1 tbsp Palm Sugar



  • Coarsely grate the green papaya and carrots into long stripes either by hand or food processor
  • Cut the green beans 2-3 inches long
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half

Cooking Method

  • Add the chilli and garlic clove into a large mortar and start to crush them with your pestle for 30 seconds
  • Once the chilli and garlic have been crushed, add in the green beans and crush them for 30 seconds
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, palm sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and mix it all together using a large spoon until you see that the palm sugar has dissolved
  • Add the papaya and carrot, then pound for a further 30 seconds
  • Lastly, add the dried shrimps and roasted peanuts and mix it all together. Serve with sticky rice!


Nutrition Facts
Som Tam - Thai Green Papaya Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1137mg49%
Potassium 529mg15%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 5648IU113%
Vitamin C 91mg110%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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