Green Papaya Salad

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Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

This Thai-inspired salad makes use of the papayas that grow throughout Hawaii. This version is tossed with tender, sweet pea shoots. Make an extra batch of the vinaigrette to keep on hand in the refrigerator—use it as a marinade for vegetables, a flavorful dressing for fresh melon or as a sauce to splash over grilled fish or chicken.

Serves 6

Prep Time 35 min

Total Time 35 min.


  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped palm sugar, or packed brown sugar (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Hawaiian chiles, or any fresh hot chiles, minced, to taste
  • 3 cups matchstick-cut or julienned green papaya, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced Maui or other sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup pea shoots, cut into 3-inch pieces, or bean sprouts
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Whisk lime zest, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and chiles in a large bowl.

Step 2

Add papaya, onion and pea shoots (or sprouts) to the vinaigrette; toss to combine. Sprinkle with pepper just before serving.