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If you’re looking for a refreshing and tasty vegetarian salad, this zesty green papaya recipe is perfect! With a mix of fresh vegetables and herbs, combined with tangy dressing, it makes for an utterly delicious meal.

Zesty Green Papaya Salad: A Refreshing Vegetarian Delight!


  • 2 cups of peeled and shredded green papaya
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves


  1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded green papaya, julienned carrot, sliced onion, tomato, cilantro and mint.
  2. For the dressing whisk together lime juice,vinegar,palm sugar,fish sauce or Ms.G’s vegan fish sauce substitute in olive oil until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl; toss to coat evenly.
  4. Serve cold.

Cooking Time: Prep time takes around 15 minutes while cooking time itself takes no longer than five minutes.

Temperature Guidelines: No temperature guidelines as this is a raw salad that requires no heating up

My Pro-tips

For added flavor add peanuts or fried shallots to your finished dish!

Seasoning Options

This recipe incorporates sweet,sour,salty flavours.Try adding some bird’s eye chilli if you’d like to make it spicy as well

Recommended Tools:
A julienne peeler would be helpful in order to get thin strips of both our green papayas & carrots

To sum up: This zesty green papaya salad is a refreshing blend of crisp veggies with an amazing flavourful dressing that can satisfy your taste buds any day!


FAQ 1: What is green papaya salad, and how do you make it vegetarian?

Answer: Green papaya salad is a traditional dish in Southeast Asian cuisine that typically contains unripe, shredded papaya as its main ingredient. To make it vegetarian-friendly, we skip adding meat or fish sauce to the recipe. Instead, we use a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs to create a flavorful and satisfying vegetarian version of this classic dish.

FAQ 2: I don’t have access to fresh green papayas, what can I substitute instead?

Answer: If you can’t find fresh green papayas at your local grocery store or Latin/Asian market, there are other ingredients that can work well as substitutes. You could try using jicama or cucumber sliced into thin strips as an alternative to the crunchy texture of green papaya. Alternatively, grated carrots or shredded kale could add color and additional nutrients to the salad.

FAQ 3: Is this recipe spicy? Can I adjust the heat level?

Answer: This Zesty Green Papaya Salad does have some spiciness due to the addition of red pepper flakes in the dressing. However, you can adjust the heat level according to your liking by adding more or less of these flakes when preparing the dressing. Additionally, if you prefer milder spice levels overall but still want some flavor kick in your salad dressing then consider reducing (or eliminating) cayenne pepper powder from this recipe; it will help create a balance between heat & tanginess while not overwhelming taste buds with too much hotness!