Thai Green Papaya-less Salad Recipe

Here in Tucson it can sometimes be challenging to find fresh green papaya, so I use packaged coleslaw mix instead in this spicy Thai cabbage salad inspired by my very favorite Thai dish. Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad). It’s crunchy, salty and spicy and I swear that it will cure whatever ails you.


green-papaya_less-salad with dried shrimp made with cabbage
Green Papaya-less Salad (Spicy Thai Coleslaw)
Here in Tucson it can sometimes be challenging to find fresh green papaya, so I use packaged coleslaw mix instead in this spicy Thai cabbage salad inspired by my very favorite Thai dish. Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad). It's crunchy, salty and spicy and I swear that it will cure whatever ails you.

Ingredients

  • One bag of pre-shredded coleslaw mix. Either with or without carrots.
  • 5 Grape Tomatoes or other cherry sized tomatoes halved
  • 1 or 2 Thai Chilies - you can substitute with a Serrano chili if necessary
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/3 T. Thai Fish Sauce -available at most supermarkets or From Thai Kitchen online.
  • 3 Mexican/Key Limes or 1 regular sized lime
  • 2 T. Peanuts chopped - optional if you are allergic.
  • 1 T. Dried Shrimp or 1/4 c. salad shrimp (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, gently pound the garlic and tomatoes with a meat mallet or the back of a large spoon.  Be careful not to hit the tomatoes too hard or they will splatter and hit you in the eye. The idea is to bruise the tomatoes so that you release their juices, not smash them to bits. Add all of the other ingredients and mix well.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Jackie Alpers, spicy thai coleslaw recipe

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