Thai Green Papaya Salad

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. We loved it 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!

Tom Kha Gai Soup

Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce 

Sweet Chili Thai Noodles

Thai Red Curry Mussels

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.

Servings: 6
Author: Steve Cylka
A Thai green papaya salad with grape tomatoes, peanuts, Chinese long beans, Thai basil, cilantro and a dressing made of lime juice, oil, fish sauce, sugar, Thai chilies.


  • 1 green papaya
  • 12 Chinese long beans
  • 1 package grape tomatoes (approx. 20 tomatoes)
  • 3 tbsp Thai basil , thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro , roughly chopped
  • 1 cup toasted peanuts
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 Thai chilies , minced


  1. Make the salad dressing by mixing the lime juice, oil, sugar, fish sauce and Thai chilies. Let the dressing marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Cut the green papaya in half and remove all the seeds. Remove the skin off the green papaya with a peeler or knife. Grate the green papaya using a hand grater or food processor with the grating attachment.
  3. Cut the Chinese long beans into 1 inch pieces.
  4. Assemble the salad by tossing the grated papaya, long beans, tomatoes, cilantro, Thai basil and salad dressing together.
  5. Add the toasted peanuts when serving.



  1. I agree there’s nothing better than a good salad on a hot summer day! Especially made with fresh veggies! This sounds like it would make for a perfect meal this summer afternoon! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a brilliant salad for the summer heat.

  3. Oh, yummie. I love this kind of thai salad! So delicious!

  4. oh wow, this looks delicious + perfect for these hot summer days. yum!

  5. You are so right – I love salad on a warm day. And these flavors are #1 for me. Love this Steve!

  6. This salad looks beautiful and refreshing!

  7. This sounds really awesome and interesting.. I haven’t tried cooking Thai food and maybe this time I will now..

  8. It’s not summer here but I could enjoy that salad right now! 🙂 Very pretty.

  9. I love this salad!! Looks so yummy!

  10. Wondrous flavors here, Steve. This looks like such a satisfying summertime lunch, perhaps accompanied by a Thai beer? Beautiful work, as usual!

  11. I’ve never really eaten Thai food before but this looks amazing … Happy Weekend 🙂

  12. I didn’t try eating any of the Thai foods. As what I have heard Thai foods are more on spices but flavorful. I hope I can eat some of the Thai foods.

  13. Nice photography, I’m sharing this one on Pinterest, thanks! I haven’t had green papaya before, but I’m curious what it’s like. It looks almost like jicama in the photo. I will stop by the Asian supermarket tomorrow to pick up ingredients and give this one a try!

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