Vietnamese Green Papaya & Prawn Salad

Vietnamese Green Papaya & Prawn Salad

By 28 January, 2018

This light, refreshing, crunchysalad is a popular snack - or street food -usually served in small quantities throughout Vietnam.
The Vietnamese like to eat thin slices of sweet dried pork or beef with it. If you have a mandoline with a grater attachment, use it to shred the green papaya. 
It always reminds of a beautiful movie I once saw, The Scent of the Green Papaya.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 4 - 6



Grate the papaya into long thin shreds (best way is with a mandoline with grater attachment). Slice the tomato skins thinly. Toss together with the shredded papaya, prawns and herbs. Season with the dressing - it should taste sweet/sour. Sprinkle over the crushed peanuts.
For the dressing: dissolve the sugar in the white wine vinegar then stir in the water, fish sauce, garlic and chill.
Pile the salad up on a serving platter.
Tip: if you have access to Vietnamese mint and Thai Holy Basil, use those.

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