Green Papaya Salad


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.

Green Papaya Salad
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings, 2/3 cup each


  • 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


  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 Facts (per serving)

55 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 55
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 1g 3%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 471IU 9%
Vitamin C 36mg 40%
Folate 27mcg 7%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 15mg 3%
Potassium 141mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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