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A bowl full of Thai green papaya salad with tomatoes, long green beans and Thai chilies.

Thai Green Papaya Salad Recipe

This is a wonderful salad recipe that is called som tam or som tom. It hits all the delicious notes that Thai cuisine is famous for. Be sure to only add the number of Thai chiles that you can handle but remember it should be spicy.
Course Salad or Side dish
Cuisine Southeast Asian, Thai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 221kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Julienne Peeler


  • 2 cups Green papaya threads
  • 6-10 Long Bean chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes cherry or grape cut in half
  • 1/4 cup peanuts roasted chopped and unsalted
  • 6-8 birds eye chili peppers or to your heat tolerance
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice fresh
  • 1 Tbsp palm sugar grated or brown sugar as a substitute
  • 2 Tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Put garlic and chili peppers in a mortar and mash wit a pestle until crushed into pieces.
  • Next add long beans, lemon juice palm sugar, fish sauce, tomato, and salt.
  • Mix together
  • Finally add shredded papaya and mix together with a spoon and pestle until completely combined.
  • Taste it for flavor and adjust as needed. It should be spicy, salty and a little sweet and sour.
  • Plate the salad and sprinkle with the roasted peanuts.
  • Serve with lime wedges, a little palm sugar and extra peanuts


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2101mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1783IU | Vitamin C: 120mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg