Project Description

The Green Papaya Salad is a classic Vietnamese dish, which is packed with amazing flavours and fresh ingredients. More commonly known in Australia as the Paw Paw, a lot of people may not know just how good a green, less ripe version of the Payaya is. Mixed with carrot, onion and fresh herbs, it is fresh and super healthy. They are super easy to grow in the garden, although we do have to make sure we go out and pick them off our tree, before the birds and bats get there first!

What to learn more about the amazing Papaya? I’ll write more in another post soon!


Alexis Le




Easy / Beginner



RECIPE: Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad

This recipe incorporates simple, fresh salad ingredients and a dressing. Possibly the most amazing amount of flavour one person can pack into a salad – delicious!

  • Cuisine: Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 mins

  • Cooking Time: n/a

  • Assembly Time: 5 mins

  • Total Time: 25 mins

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated palm sugar or brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oils

  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional)

  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped nuts of your choice (optional)

  • 1/2 green papaya, shredded (a mandoline is ideal)

  • ½ red onion thinly sliced

  • 2 shredded carrots

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon vietnamese mint

Step 1 – Prepare the Dressing
  • Combine the sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and chilli in a bowl

  • Keep stirring to dissolve the sugar and then set aside

Step 2 – Prepare the Salad
  • Place the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, stir to combine

  • Transfer to a serving plate or bowl

  • Then pour over the dressing

  • Sprinkle toasted nuts over the top

  • Serve fresh or pack cold, for a perfect picnic dish


For additional flavour and texture, cold cooked prawns or thin slivers of any cold cooked meat can be added to give it an additional kick.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Share this recipe with your friends and family, and explore my other great recipes on Think Feel Thrive, Cheers Alexis.

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