Thai Dressing for Salad (Green Papaya and Romaine Lettuce)


 Thai Salad

My sister made this for me and my husband whenever she came to visit.  She lives on the other side of the world, so I don’t get to see her often.  Last time I saw her was almost 2 years ago, I really missed her Thai salad (and I miss her too :-o).  We are not Thai, but this salad is so different than other standard salads, it’s spicy!!  The hotter the better!  My husband doesn’t like Asian food too much, but this salad became one of his favorites.

Ingredients for the Dressing:

2 Tbsp Fresh cilantro (chopped)
1 Tbsp Fresh minced garlic
1 Tbsp Fresh minced ginger
1 Tbsp Minced shallot
2 Fresh Thai chili
2 Tbsp Brown sugar
2 Tbsp Fish sauce (more or less to taste)
3 Limes
2 Tbsp Lemon juice

Ingredients for the Salad:

1 small Green papaya (julienned)
1 head Romaine Lettuce
¼ cup Roasted peanuts (chopped)

Directions:

  • Prepare all ingredients – chopped cilantro, garlic, ginger, shallot, chili and squeeze juice out from limes and lemon.  (picture 1)
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add brown sugar, then fish sauce.  (pictures 2 and 3)

Thai salad steps

  • Let the dressing sit for a couple of hours in the fridge to let the flavors fully develop.

Thai dressing

  • Roast peanuts in a toaster oven and chop them.  Set aside.  (Picture A)
  • Peel and seed papaya.  (Picture B)
  • Julienne papaya.  It is better to use a julienne peeler to get a better texture (I didn’t have one, so I grated it). (Picture C)
  • Wash lettuce and chop into bigger pieces.

Thai salad steps 2

  • Pour dressing over papaya and lettuce, and top with roasted peanuts.

Thai green papaya salad

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