Som Tam Salad

Intermediate | Spicy | 15 min | x2

Green papaya salad (Som Tam) is an extremely popular dish in Thailand. It's fresh, and balances all the flavors of sweet, spicy, salty, and sour, to perfection on a single plate.


Som Tam Salad ingredients
 Underripe Papaya (or Mango) 1 piece
Carrot 1 piece
Green Beans 50g
Cherry tomatoes (quartered) 5 pieces
 Chillies 1 or 2 pieces
Garlic 1 clove
Fish sauce (or Soy sauce) 2 Tbsp
Coconut Sugar 2 Tbsp
Tamarind Paste 15g (1 sachet)
Lime 1 piece
Unsalted chopped peanuts 20g


Som Tam Salad

Slice the vegetables

Peel the papaya (or mango) and the carrot. Then with a sharp knife, cut into julienne strips. You can also attempt to cut into thin strips with your peeler if you feel comfortable using one.

Som Tam Salad

Pound the spices

Pound the garlic and chilli together with a pestle and mortar. Cut the green beans into short lengths, throw into the mortar and pound very lightly, just to soften and bruise them. Place the contents into a mixing bowl.

Som Tam Salad

Prepare the dressing

Add the coconut sugar, lime juice, fish sauce (or soy sauce) and tamarind paste into the mixing bowl.

Som Tam Salad

Make the salad

Then add the papaya (or mango) and cherry tomatoes into the bowl. Mix all the contents together. Sprinkle the salad with chopped peanuts before serving.