Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Som Tam (papaya Salad) Recipe

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Marie E

By
@MrsMustard

This is another popular and tasty Thai dish which my Thai friend taught me how to make. It's pretty easy to make and so, so, so delicious.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Ingredients

  • ~2 c
    papaya shredded*
  • ~1 c
    carrot, shredded
  • 4-5
    small red chillies whole (more or less, depending on taste for spice)
  • 4-5 clove
    garlic, whole
  • 2
    lumps of palm sugar, whole
  • ~2 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • ~1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 2-3
    tomatoes, cut into sections
  • ~1/2 c
    roasted peanuts

How to Make Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Step-by-Step

  1. With a mortar and pestle, pound the red chillies, garlic, and palm sugar to make a rough paste. Then add the fish sauce and salt and pound it a bit to mix it together.
  2. Add the papaya and carrot to the mortar and pound a little more to mix the veggies in with the sauce.
  3. Add the lime juice and pound/mix a little more. Then add the tomatoes and peanuts and pound the mixture just a little more to make sure that all ingredients are mixed. Serve and enjoy.
  4. To shred the papaya (and the carrot), there is a special shredder which you can buy (it's available all over Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia; my guess is that if you looked in specialty shops and/or supermarkets in Canada/America, you could probably also find one). If you can't find a shredder to shred the papaya, though, you could use the old-fashioned method, which is to whack the papaya with a big knife quite a few times, and then pare away the slices you have created to get shredded papaya.

Printable Recipe Card

About Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Course/Dish: Salads Other Salads
Other Tag: Healthy




Leave a Comment

17 Tantalizing Potato Salad Recipes

17 Tantalizing Potato Salad Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Who ever said potato salad had to be boring? You'll never hear that again when you bring one of these 17 tasty potato salad recipes to your next bbq!

Summer Salads That Are Perfect For Dinner Recipe

Summer Salads That Are Perfect for Dinner

Kitchen Crew

One of my favorite summer dinners is a salad. No normal tossed salads though; I'm making hearty and filling (yet light) ones. Here are a few Blue Ribbon salads that...

Pasta Salad & Macaroni Salad: Are They The Same Thing? Recipe

Pasta Salad & Macaroni Salad: Are They the Same Thing?

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Pasta salad and macaroni salad are both made with pasta so that makes them the same thing, right? Our customer service receives this comment/question a lot so we decided to...