There is not much better on a hot summer day than a nice fresh salad. I like variety, so I have a large selection of go to salads I make on a regular basis and this Thai green papaya salad is one I have made 20 or more times.
A number of years ago, I was looking for a Thai salad to go with some beef satays I was grilling. I found a recipe for green papaya salad at Thai Table. I have always loved this salad and ordered Green Papaya Salad from restaurants for years.
We loved this salad and over the years I have modified it, adding a little more sugar, some oil, fresh cilantro and Thai basil. This recipe is the result of my tweaking and the salad has the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, sour and salty.
If you are cooking a Thai meal, this is a wonderful side dish. Here are some other Thai recipes I have posted that would go great with this salad. Forgive the bad pictures in some of them. The photo quality has come a long way on this site!
Other great Thai recipes!
Some of these ingredients are difficult to find and would likely be unavailable at your local grocery store. Items like the green papaya, Chinese long beans and Thai basil are readily available at Asian grocery stores.
The salad stays fresh and crisp in the fridge for a couple days but only add the peanuts when serving, so they stay crunchy.