Best Bites July 2013: Thai Papaya Salad

Thai Papaya Salad

Papaya packs quite a nutritional punch. This tropical fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can help protect skin against free radical damage. Sporting high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, this colorful fruit may help improve your eyesight, digestion and cholesterol levels. Although normally seen in fruit salads, try this fun and different way to incorporate papaya into your diet.

Ingredients & Tools
1 mortar and pestle and one spoon
¼ cup peeled, shredded carrots
¾ cup peeled unripe papaya shreds
¼ fresh lime
1 tbsp. roasted unsalted peanuts
4 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 garlic cloves

Dressing: Yields 6 oz

1 tbsp. raw sugar or 2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. fish sauce
4 oz. fresh lime juice


Wash and peel the carrots and unripe papaya and set aside ready for use. For the dressing, combine all the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice together in a cup or small bowl – you may not need to use all the dressing. Next, place the garlic cloves in the mortar and crush them with the pestle, throw in the lime wedge and continue crushing until the lime looks nicely beat up, then remove the lime wedge. Add the peanuts and lightly crush them, then add the shredded carrots, papaya and tomatoes. Add 1 oz. of the dressing and lightly pound the salad in the mortar using the spoon to help turn the salad as you go. Do this for about 20 to 30 seconds, then plate and enjoy.

~Courtesy of Fuji Hana Thai Peppers,

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