Fresh Thai Salad

There is something so wonderful and refreshing about salads in the summer. Maybe it’s the abundance of fresh vegetables that ripen during these months that make salads so delicious. Or maybe it’s the crisp lightness of salads that are so satisfying when the weather turns unbearably warm. Well, for whatever reason, salads are the best this time of year.  Here is a simple and delicious salad that is popular throughout Thailand called Som Tam. It is traditionally made with green papaya and carrots, but you can also use cucumbers, beets, parsnips, and green mangos. You can also add more or less of any of the below ingredients to meet your taste. This salad is light and refreshing, and a great way to use up any veggies that you may have lying around!

1 tomato finely chopped
1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red or green chillies of your choice (or dried red chili flakes)
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons roasted cashew nuts or peanuts
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon raw sugar, dissolved in warm water
2 handfuls of finely shredded vegetables of your choice:
green papaya, carrot, cucumber, beet, parsnips or green mango

serves 2


In a medium size mixing bowl mix together tomato, chilis, garlic, and nuts. Add the juice of two lemons, soy sauce, and sugar-water. Lastly, add shredded veggies and mix together. That’s it, enjoy! 

About Stephanie Watkins

Welcome to my blog, I'm Stephanie. I was born and raised in sunny California but now live with my husband in Malaysia. This is where I write, cook, and photograph our new life overseas. I love taking pictures, experiencing new cultures, and eating an animal-free and plant based diet.

20. July 2012 by Stephanie Watkins
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Comments (2)

  1. This looks delightful. Wish I could come over for dinner.

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