papaya salad

Spicy Papaya Salad

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This spicy papaya salad recipe is the Thai equivalent to American coleslaw. It’s got a similar crunch, a similar freshness, but a lot of spice. Enjoy it on its own as a meal or along with your favorite curry.

papaya salad


Spicy Papaya Salad Ingredients

  • 1 green papaya, peeled, seeded, and shredded
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 ripe tomato or 5-6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1-2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 seeded and chopped Thai bird chili, jalapeño pepper, or fresh cayenne pepper
  • The juice of 1-2 limes, preferably key limes
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, thinly sliced


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a large serving bowl, toss, and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Serve topped with crushed peanuts and fresh garlic slices.
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Publisher | Christened the "Pope of Peppers" by The New York Times, Dave DeWitt is a food historian and one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers, spices, and spicy foods.

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