Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tam is a fresh Thai salad with really simple and clean flavors.  It serves as a great side and main dish as well depending on the kind of mood you are in. Since it has all raw veggies, it’s high in fiber and keeps all the minerals intact. Because of its slightly sweet base, hubby dearest is a big fan! My version is all veggie, but people love to add dried shrimp in it so feel free to add that in. J

PREPARATION TIME: 15-20 minutes



  1. Green papaya – ½ , peeled and shredded
  2. Cherry Belle Radish – 3-4
  3. Cherry Tomatoes – 5-6
  4. Garlic – 2 cloves, crushed
  5. Spring onion – 1
  6. Ginger – 1 small piece, grated
  7. Light Soy – 1 teaspoon
  8. Brown Sugar – 2 teaspoons
  9. Lemon – 1
  10. Toasted peanuts – 3 tablespoons
  11. Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
  12. Red Chilli/Thai Chili – 1
  13. Salt – to taste

Som-Tam-veggies -prep


  1. Peel a garlic and roughly crush it.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in a cup and squeeze the juice of one lemon in it. Mix well.
  3. Add salt, soy sauce and crushed garlic to it and mix well.
  4. Dry roast peanuts in a pan and roughly crush them.
  5. Dry roast some sesame seeds as well and set aside.
  6. Peel and shred half green papaya and place it in a bowl.
  7. Shred some garlic and add to it.
  8. Finely dice a spring onion till the stalk and add it as well.
  9. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add them to the bowl
  10. Thinly slice the radish and add it to the bowl as well.
  11. Add the dressing and mix well.
  12. Add crushed peanuts and sesame seeds on top and serve.

You can also add flat beans to the salad, which I didn’t have at the moment. Hope you like this tangy and sweet Thai salad as much as I do.

Raw Papaya Salad

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Beautiful salad !

    1. Nisha Sharma says:

      Thank you😀

  2. Ramyarecipes says:

    Good idea of using raw papaya in salad 🥗

    1. Nisha Sharma says:

      Thank you so much, it’s full of fiber and a Thai classic😀

  3. nice share. do we need to soak the veggie in dressing for sometimes before serving?

    1. Nisha Sharma says:

      Thank you, I usually keep them soaked for 4-5 minutes before serving.

      1. Thank you Nisha. I had raw papaya and I have already assembled the veggies and the dressing. Shall enjoy in Lunch. I will share it and with recipe credit to you.

      2. Nisha Sharma says:

        Wow you just made my day. Hope you like it. 😀

      3. It was awesome

      4. Nisha Sharma says:

        Wow, this makes me so happy😀

  4. mistimaan says:

    Nice and tasty recipe. 🙂

    1. Nisha Sharma says:

      Thank you😀😀

  5. Nisha Sharma says:

    Unique and different recipe..
    Best wishes Nisha😊

  6. Nisha Sharma says:

    Thank you😀

  7. Will definitely try this. Bookmarked it.

    1. Nisha Sharma says:

      Thank you. Do give it a try, it’s so delish

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