Originating from Laos, green papaya salad is a mainstay of the Laotian dinner table. It’s also a hugely popular in neighbouring Thailand and Cambodia. Many cultures have raw dishes as a part of their diets – raw food is definitely not a new thing.
Our green papaya salad needs little altering from the traditional recipe – we use additional lime juice as a replacement for fish sauce, add extra herbs because we love them, and top it with a handful of our spicy cashews.
- 2 cups cashews or cashew pieces soaked 2–4 hours
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp kaffir lime powder or lime zest
- ¾ tsp chilli powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp tamari
- 2 limes juice only
- ¼ fresh red chilli (plus extra to garnish)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp tamarind water
- 1 green papaya (you can find these at Asian supermarkets)
- ¾ cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 handful snow peas
- 1 handful green beans
- ¼ cup picked coriander leaves
- ¼ cup Thai basil leaves (plus extra to garnish)
- ½ cup crushed spiced cashews (method below, save extra to garnish)
- 1 handful bean sprouts (optional)
- 1 carrot (optional)
- 1 To make the spiced cashews: Drain the soaked cashews and rinse thoroughly. Spread nuts onto a dry towel and blot dry. Place in a bowl and toss with the first quantity of coconut sugar, lime, spices and sea salt. Dehydrate at 46˚C for 2 days and store in an airtight container in your pantry for several months.
- 2 To prepare the dressing: Blend the second quantity of coconut sugar, tamari, lime juice, red chilli, garlic and tamarind water in a high-speed blender for 15 seconds.
- 3 To prepare the salad: Peel the papaya and shred it on a mandoline or with a shredding hand peeler. Pour the dressing over the grated green papaya and leave to marinate for half an hour while getting the remaining ingredients ready. Chop the snow peas into long thin strips. Cut the green beans lengthways. This can be a bit tricky – using a sharp knife will make it easier. If you’re using carrots, shred these the same way as the papaya. Toss everything together until combined.