How to Make Thai Green Papaya Salad

How to Make Thai Green Papaya Salad

Enjoy a classic Thai dish that incorporates spicy, sweet, and sour flavors for a delicious, unforgettable meal. Our how-to video teaches you how to make this authentic dish for a taste of Thailand in your own kitchen.

  • By Jackie Sun
  • August 24, 2016

For our meal plan service, we’re all about incorporating ethnic cuisines and introducing new ingredients to our weekly meal plans. Not only does this add different flavors, it also makes dinnertime a whole lot more tasty and interesting.

There are so many wonderful dishes from all around the world, but it’s not always possible to experience them right in that country or place. However, it is possible to still get a taste of it in your own kitchen!

Since a lot of folks tend to go on vacation during the summer, we featured an International Week meal plan last week that took all of our community members on a culinary adventure around the world – without leaving their kitchen.

First stop was in Jamaica, where a tropical Jerk Pork Burger with Pineapple Salsa & Seared Plantains was the epitome of summertime. Then we stopped off in Thailand for Thai Noodle Bowls with Mussels & Green Papaya Salad, which made us feel like we were sitting at a noodle stand in Bangkok. We enjoyed a classic, healthy favorite in Southern France, Nicoise Salad, and finished up our vacay in Mexico with the ultimate hearty breakfast, Breakfast Tortas.

Today, we’ll be giving you a taste of Thailand by teaching you how to make a classic Thai dish – Green Papaya Salad, also called Som Tum Thai. “Som” means “sour” and “tum” comes from the sound of the pestle pounding the ingredients to crush them.

This dish is not only perfect for lunch or snack, it also makes a great side dish to Thai entrees. Learn how to make this salad with this video:


How to Make Thai Green Papaya Salad

This authentic and beloved Thai lunch dish features green, unripe papayas that have a springy texture and tart citrus flavor that are great in salads.

If you’d like to pair this classic salad with another authentic Thai dish, try our recipe for Thai Noodle Bowls with Mussels. A delicious broth made from fragrant lemongrass, curry paste, and coconut milk adds a ton of flavor to noodles. It tastes just like the real deal, and you’ll feel like you are right in Bangkok!  

We can’t wait for our next culinary adventure. If you’re looking for more good eats from around the world, check out our vacations to Spain, Vietnam, and Italy.

Where would you like to go on your next cooking vacation? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll see if we can book a flight!


These two authentic and beloved lunch dishes served throughout Thailand may trick you into thinking you are sitting at a noodle stand in Bangkok. Enjoy the mussels while twirling noodles between a spoon and a fork!

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Equipment Smarts

  • Julienne peeler – easily shreds carrots and green papaya (as well as other veggies!); if you don’t own this tool, you can also use a box grater
  • Dutch oven – great for cooking soups!

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