Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam Malakor)


This papaya salad is light and refreshing. I can easily eat a giant bowl of it and be completely satisfied. And as an extra bonus, this salad is pretty healthy. I sometimes add extra chiles because I enjoy a lot of heat. That's what is great about this recipe, it is easily customized to suit individual tastes.

shredded papaya and vegetable salad in a purple bowl with lime wedges
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 servings


  • ¼ cup peanuts

  • 2 Thai chiles, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 medium limes, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 medium papaya - peeled, seeded, and sliced

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ medium carrot, peeled and shredded

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place peanuts on a baking sheet.

  2. Toast in the preheated oven until fragrant and browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  3. Grind roasted peanuts, Thai chilies, garlic, dried shrimp, and sugar in a mortar and pestle or food processor. Stir in lime juice and fish sauce to make dressing.

  4. Toss papaya, tomatoes, green beans, and carrot with dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

Make sure to use a green papaya. You can use palm sugar instead of white.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts and yield when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
10g Fat
37g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1126mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 197mg 985%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 855mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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