Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2007

This Thai-inspired salad makes use of the papayas that grow throughout Hawaii. This version is tossed with tender, sweet pea shoots. Make an extra batch of the vinaigrette to keep on hand in the refrigerator—use it as a marinade for vegetables, a flavorful dressing for fresh melon or as a sauce to splash over grilled fish or chicken.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped palm sugar, or packed brown sugar (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Hawaiian chiles, or any fresh hot chiles, minced, to taste
  • 3 cups matchstick-cut or julienned green papaya, (see Tip)
  • ½ cup very thinly sliced Maui or other sweet onion
  • ½ cup pea shoots, cut into 3-inch pieces, or bean sprouts
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Whisk lime zest, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and chiles in a large bowl.
  2. Add papaya, onion and pea shoots (or sprouts) to the vinaigrette; toss to combine. Sprinkle with pepper just before serving.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The vinaigrette (Step 1) will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Tips: Palm sugar is an unrefined sweetener similar in flavor to brown sugar. It's sold in “pods” or as a paste in Asian markets or at
  • Green papaya is underripe papaya that is green and firm. Look for it in Asian markets. If you can't find one, a ripe papaya will still taste delicious in this salad.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ⅔ cup
  • Per serving: 55 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 470 IU vitamin A; 36 mg vitamin C; 19 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 403 mg sodium; 141 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (60% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit

Reviews 3

May 16, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
UMMMMM Loved it. Just like eating out.
January 15, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
sweet, spicy, awesome salad! this is almost my favorite food ever. i would definitely tweak the sauce to your own tastes (a small amount of vinegar will make the flavors pop) but you really have to be adventurous and go for it. this is such a crunchy, fresh, easy to make (though somewhat time consuming) recipe, not to be missed! Pros: unique, low fat, fresh Cons: time intensive, unique (scary for some!)
April 19, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I made this with chicken fajitas and calabacitas and this was not something any of the 4 adults living in my home enjoyed at all. I would not make this again.
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