Som Tom ~ Papaya Salad

Tonight I shared one of my favourite recipes that I learnt while studying Thai cuisine in Thailand. I had the privilege of doing a food demonstration at a local women’s event. It was a joy to make new connections and interact with other local businesses. I owe a big thanks to those who coordinated the evening!!

This salad is the perfect combination of sweet, salty and spicy. The soft papaya and roasted peanuts make for a great texture combination. I am in love with this salad!



Som Tom ~ Papaya Salad


1 green papaya – grated
3 tomatoes, wedges
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh red chiles, minced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar or 1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, chopped
6 fresh long beans, cut into 2 inch


Mix together garlic, lime juice, fish sauce,brown sugar in a bowl.
Add papaya, tomato wedges, green beans and chili into a big mixing bowl.
Stir in the garlic mixture into papaya bowl.
Adjust seasoning if necessary.
It should be mixture of sweet, sour and salty.
Served with sticky rice, white fish or grilled chicken.


1. Taste along the way. Adjust the seasoning and spice level to your preference.
2. Don’t be afraid of fish sauce. It is an incredible salty ingredient…but if you are afraid then use soy sauce or rice vinegar.
3. I buy my green papaya at a the New World Supermarket in Kitchener. But if you don’t have green papaya, use carrots, mangoes or green apples.


Serve this salad at your next family BBQ and I’m sure they will love it!


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