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The classic northern Thai salad called som tam is often eaten with sticky rice and such ingredients as very small Thai eggplants, little tomatoes, crushed peanuts, dried shrimp, long beans, crispy pork and even salted crabs. This is a minimalist version, and it's simply stunning. More Thai Recipes

Zak Pelaccio
September 2004

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Credit: © Maura McEvoy

Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Yield:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a blender, puree the lime juice with the garlic, fish sauce, sugar, chiles and ginger. In a large bowl, toss the papaya with the mango, cilantro and mint. Add the dressing and toss. Season with salt, toss again and serve.

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Make Ahead

The green papaya salad can be refrigerated for up to 2 hours. Serve it slightly chilled.

Notes

You will probably have to go to Chinatown to find green (unripe) papaya. Alternatively, substitute a crisp vegetable such as jicama or celery.

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