by ChefKaren7

over 2 years ago

Natalie Barbarese's Testing Notes:

Experience the bold combinations of tropical fruit, crunchy veggies, and an exotic dressing in ChefKaren7's green papaya salad. Since the green papaya makes this salad savory instead of sweet, don't be shy with the chopped peanuts and fried shallots -- they round out the flavors and add even more crunch. Note: the herb mixture is powerful, in a good way. If you want a more delicate flavor, try using 1/2 cup and add more to taste.

This is a Cambodian version of the green papaya salad popular in Thailand. It can also be made with green mangos. The fried shallots really make the dish. They can be made at home (as detailed in the recipe) or bought in the jar at an Asian market.

Serves 4-6

  • 6 medium shallots, sliced very thinly
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 medium green papaya
  • 1/2 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup Thai basil, mint, and cilantro, leaves only
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons shallot oil - see below
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, pounded
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh red chili, pounded
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Rice crackers, for serving
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and fry gently stirring constantly. When the shallots start to turn a light golden brown, remove from the oil and drain on paper towels to crisp as they cool. Reserve 2 teaspoons of the oil and save the rest of the cooled shallot oil in a jar and keep in a cool place. This flavorful oil can be stored for 1 month. (Great to use in salad dressings and marinades.) You may also skip this step and used store-bought fried shallots.
  2. Peel the papaya. Be prepared – the skin is tough. Hold the fruit at a 45 degree angle. Push a zester down, applying strong pressure; shred the fruit in long, even strokes. (You may also shred the papaya in the food processor.) Put the papaya shreds in ice water and leave them to soak for 15 – 20 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Place drained papaya, carrots, and the herbs in a bowl. Toss well with your hands. In a small bowl place lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, shallot oil, chili and garlic mix. Stir well to dissolve. Pour into salad mix and toss well. Heap on 4 plates, sprinkle with shallots and peanuts, and garnish with additional herbs, if desired. Serve with rice crackers.

Nutrition Info:


  • 673 calories
  • 59g total fat
  • 5g saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 153mg sodium
  • 37g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 21g sugar)
  • 5g protein
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    ChefKaren7 says: Don't substitute Durkee's French Fried Onions for this dish. The fried shallots are usually only available in Asian markets. They are very inexpensive and are delicious on lots of other dishes. They add crunch and a great oniony flavor.

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