Green Papaya Salad | Day 1 of 31 days of Salad

posted on: Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year friends. Tomorrow I'll tell you all about our New Year's celebration. Today I have something else to tell you - I'm starting a month long series to get you and I to eat a little healthier. For the next 31 days I'll be posting different salad recipes, with the help of some of my favorite bloggers who will be guest posting here on Kitchen Corners. 

Day one - Green Papaya Salad

What do you think? Have you tried green papaya salad before? If not do you think you'd try it? The first time I heard about green papaya salad was in Hawaii at a Thai restaurant. I was hesitant at first to try it but then I decided I should give it a go. Now, without fail, if I walk into a Thai restaurant and they have green papaya salad I order it.

No Thai restaurants here in Itacare, Bahia. 
But lots of green papayas.

After a few twists and turns I came up with a green papaya salad that works well for my family, and works well with the ingredients I can find here. Meaning, no fish sauce. 

Some tips:
// If your kids are being picky and they don't want to eat your labor of love tell them it's like shredded carrots. Just make sure you say the like part really softly so they don't hear you and end up thinking it's shredded carrots. That is, if they like carrots. Totally worked with Enzo.
// When choosing a green papaya make sure it's very firm to the touch. The greener the better.
// Peal and freeze the ginger before shredding it. Otherwise you'll be frustrated big time.
// Only dress the salad when you're ready to eat it. 
// Same with the peanuts. Add the peanuts last, when you're ready to serve the salad.

Green Papaya Salad
for the salad
1 medium green papaya
2 firm tomatoes
3 green onions
for the dressing
1 tablespoon shredded ginger
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  1. Peal and shred the papaya and put in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Rinse out the tomatoes, remove the seeds, and dice into thin strips. Add to the green papaya.
  3. Chop the green onions and toss with the papaya and tomatoes.
  4. Mix the ginger, lime juice, honey, olive oil, and soy sauce, to make the dressing. 
  5. When the salad is ready to be served add the dressing and chopped peanuts and toss lightly.


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