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This Thai Green Papaya Salad, also known as Som Tum or Som Tam, combines a wide range of unique flavors making it unique and crazy delicious! | cookingtheglobe.com

Som Tum - Thai Green Papaya Salad

This Thai Green Papaya Salad or Som Tum is a true feast of flavors ranging from tangy and pungent to salty and savory!
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 234kcal
Author Cooking The Globe


  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped palm sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic , grated with a zester
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts , roughly chopped
  • 1-3 Thai chilies , minced (optional)
  • 6 green beans
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons small dried shrimp (if you will get large ones, chop them)
  • 2 cups peeled and shredded green papaya


  • Combine the fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar in a large bowl and stir until the sugar has almost dissolved. Add the grated garlic, peanuts, and the chilies (if using).
  • Pound the green beans with a rolling pin to make them more tender and also add to the bowl. Add the tomatoes pressing down a little bit with a spoon to release some juice.
  • Finally, add the dried shrimp and papaya and toss everything together. Enjoy!


If you will have some leftover papaya, you can add it to stir-fries or anywhere you like actually. Treat it like any other firm veggie like broccoli or carrot. I made veggie pancakes with mine and they were awesome. Recipe adapted from Hot Thai Kitchen by Pailin Chongchitnant. A great book about Thai cuisine!


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 8.4g | Fat: 9.6g | Cholesterol: 11.5mg | Sodium: 1475.4mg | Sugar: 24.3g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 144.4mg