This fantastic Vietnamese salad gets intense flavor from a quick dressing of lime, sugar and fish sauce. Slideshow:  More Vietnamese Recipes 

Angela Dimayuga
May 2016

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Credit: © John Kernick

Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and fish sauce and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the lime juice. Let cool.

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  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the canola oil. Add the peanuts and cumin and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Spread the lettuce in a serving bowl. In another bowl, toss the fruit and vegetables, herbs, peanuts and sesame seeds with the dressing. Pile on top of the lettuce and serve right away.

Notes

Green (unripe) papayas are very firm, with dark green skin; if unavailable, you can substitute peeled daikon or unripe mango.

Suggested Pairing

A fruit-forward, aromatic white.

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