Papaya salad from Thailand: crunchy, fresh and fruity

Updated: 09/03/2022 – 21:02

Asian delight
Thai Peanut Papaya Salad


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Fresh and crisp: Thai papaya salad

This easy papaya salad is called Som Tam Thai in Thailand. It is crunchy, sweet and sour and spicy and is part of classic Thai food.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1 firm green papaya
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger
  • 1 spoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 2 limes
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 spoons of peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander
  • Salt pepper

Approximately per serving:

  • 127 calories
  • 6 grams of fat
  • 14 grams of carbohydrates
  • 5 grams of protein

And this is how it is done:


  1. Cut the papaya and carrot into thin strips. Halve the chilli and peel and finely chop the garlic. Halve the cherry tomatoes and squeeze the juice from the lemons.
  2. Now mix all the ingredients except peanuts and coriander and mix vigorously. Of course, traditional production in large mortar with pressing is also possible.
  3. While the salad is infusing, roast the peanuts and pluck the coriander and cut into fine strips. Arrange and serve everything together. If necessary, remove the chili before eating.


For this Thai papaya salad you need an unripe green papaya. This is much firmer than a ripe fruit and its flesh is almost white in contrast to the reddish ripe fruit. This traditional Thai dish is rightfully very popular with us, and the best thing about it: It’s super easy with just a few ingredients from the Asian market nearby!


Do you like Asian cuisine? We too! That’s why we also have a variety of Asian recipes for you in our repertoire. How about another highlight from Asia, for example? Nasi goreng is at least as popular as Thai papaya salad. Of course chop suey should not be missed if you like to cook up and down the menu.

You can also find other classics from Thai to Japanese in our gallery. Click and find your new favorite recipe:

In the video we show you a very special Asian dish with chicken rice and dips. Let yourself be surprised and take a look.


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