Easy spicy Papaya salad(vegan, vegetarian)

Easy spicy Papaya salad(vegan, vegetarian).

A simple version of the ever popular Thai Papaya salad for you to make at home. all the ingredients come together with a few pounding of the mortar and pestle.

Course Salad, sweet and spicy
Cuisine asian,, gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5
Author jehan


4-5 tablespoons of lime juice

2 tablespoons of Sugar

2 Garlic cloves

1 and 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce

2- red or green chillies

3-4 green beans or long beans thinly sliced

2 cups(1 fruit) of shredded raw papaya( see above for directions).


In a small bowl, mix lime juice, fish sauce and Sugar, taste to make sure the three ingredients are balanced in flavor and set aside.

Place the Garlic cloves in a mortar, pound until they are crushed.

Add the chillies and pound them until they are coarsely crushed.

Include the Beans and pound until they are slightly bruised.

Add the shredded papaya and pound lightly so as not to make a pulp but to incorporate the other ingredients, if you are using a small mortar, the papaya can be done in small portions. the pounding should be kept to a minimum and less than a minute.

Transfer the ingredients from the mortar into a large bowl, pour in the dressing of lime juice, fish sauce and sugar to the shredded Papaya and toss well. Taste to check if the flavors are balanced.

Serve immediately for best results.

Recipe Notes

About this recipe,

Papaya tends to ripen fast in warm weather, especially here, left too long they become too ripe to shred. even the Papaya I used for this post was slightly ripe but I decided to use as I was able to shred them without the slivers becoming mushy. use a Papaya with dark green skin and firm when pressed.

Since I was serving this salad for kids, I decided to leave out the shrimp paste which has a strong aroma that they wouldn’t have liked. personally, for me its one of the bestalthough spicy, everyone liked everything about this dish from texture, to the taste, even the left over dressing left after the bowl was empty found a happy tummy to settle in.

How to shred Green Papaya?

Peel the skin of the Papaya, Halve the fruit, take out the seeds, using a grater, shred long, fine thin slivers(preferably long ones). although there are a few methods to do this, I find this is the easiest.