Jun 022012
 

Salads are refreshing and can be a great way to start a meal. I don’t advocate on only salad diets but do find them fulfilling if made with interesting flavors to appease one’s palate. I used to think lettuce is a mandatory ingredient in a salad and just the thought of munching on raw leaf would makes me run away from salad bars. Interestingly our favorite dine in place is a local salad bar cum buffet restaurant called “Sweet Tomatoes” where you start your meal with a plate full of veggies and then load on with pizza, pasta, and dessert. We love to go to this dine in because I’m happy my kids get their entire day worth of vegetable serving before they eat whatever they please (its icecream that draws them most to this place ;)).

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I signed up for salads this week for BM#17, to explore the possibility of creating new flavors in salads so I can enjoy this low calorie food and not fret about it. In lieu of that my husband suggested this wonderful salad he had at a Thai restaurant on his visit to Taiwan and when I got a chance to have this salad in a local restaurant I knew I had to try and make this recipe at home. Green papaya doesn’t have much flavor on its own but when mixed with basil, lemon juice and soy sauce its like the whole world is singing to me. I followed the recipe from here, but made some minor modifications to it based on what was available in my pantry. My daughter loves salad and was so happy with this one with sweet, sour, and crunchy bites that was one of a kind.

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Ingredients:

Green Papaya (firm, white or light orange in color) — 1/2 small

Carrot (medium) — 1/2

Tomato — 1 small

Spring Onions — 2 sprigs

Basil — 10-15 leaves

Coriander Leaves — handful

Dressing:

Soy Sauce — 2 Tbsp

Lemon Juice — 3 Tbsp

Honey — 1/2 Tbsp

Sweet & Sour Sauce — 1 Tbsp

Olive Oil — 2 Tbsp

Method:

1. Using a mandoline slicer or potato peeler cut thin strips of green papaya after removing the seeds and skin. Put it in a bowl. Remove skin from carrot and make thin strips of carrots and add it along the papaya.

2. Remove the seeds and flesh from tomatos and slice them in to thin strips and add it along with finely sliced basil.

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3. In a separate bowl mix all the ingredients for dressing and whisk it well.

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4. Now combine the dressing along with the papaya and other vegetables and toss to coat evenly. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

Note:

1. I didn’t add salt as soy sauce and sweet&sour sauce both have salt in it. Adjust the salt according to taste.

2. Hot sauce or red chilli flakes can be added for spiciness. As I was making it for kids, I didn’t make it hot.

3. Peanuts or roasted cashews can be added for more crunchiness or variation.

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  18 Responses to “Refreshing Green Papaya Salad”

  1. Sounds very interesting Jayanthi, never ate raw papaya in other forms but gravy..good one.

  2. Super interesting and healthy salad, never tried raw papaya in salad.Cant wait to give a try.

  3. Sounds delicious.Like Srivalli n Priya, I too have never tried raw papaya..

  4. Looks so light & refreshing! perfect for summer.. why don’t u link this to the salad event at my blog here http://renuka-pinchofsalt.blogspot.in/2012/06/event-salad-splendour.html

  5. Interesting choice of dressing. IT has all the flavors in it. Salad looks delicious!

  6. raw papaya in salad sounds interesting apart from being healthy!!

  7. looks mouthwateringly delicious

  8. Thanks PJ, Usha, Harini & Pradnya for your lovely words.

  9. I too am not a lettuce salad person though the rest of my family goes gaga about it. 🙂 My mom used to prepare all kinds of dishes including jam using raw papaya as we had a papaya tree in our backyard. This one is interesting and colorful!

  10. very common salad in Thai cuisine..I always love it!!!

  11. Never tried with Papaya!!!Looks very interesting……

  12. sounds very interesting…….i need to make this!

  13. yummy salad

  14. Raw papaya, we use only to make curries,salad sounds interesting n i like your dressing- all sweet,sour n spicy!!
    Spicy Treats

  15. Wow i like the cruncy texture of the vegetables in this salad very refreshing one jayanthi.

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