Cambodian Green Papaya Salad Recipe

January 6, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Cambodian Green Papaya Salad Recipe

The Cambodian Green Papaya Salad Recipe presents a unique and refreshing take on the popular green papaya salad, setting itself apart from the Thai or Laos versions. The key ingredients include shredded green papaya, sliced tomatoes, lime juice, yard beans, garlic, Thai chili peppers, fish sauce, Som Tam powder, and optional crushed peanuts for garnish. This easy dinner recipe promises to be a new favorite, offering a distinctive and wonderfully fresh flavor.

To prepare the salad, a mortar and pestle are used to pound garlic, yard beans, and Thai chili peppers until they form a flat and well-mixed paste. Shredded green papaya is added to the mixture, stirred with a spoon to ensure even distribution. Fish sauce and Som Tam powder are introduced, further enhancing the flavors as they are mixed into the salad. Sliced tomatoes are pounded into the mixture, contributing to the creation of a flavorful juice.

The finished salad, now rich with a combination of vibrant ingredients, is plated and garnished with optional crushed peanuts. This delightful dish is best served as a weeknight dinner, and for those who enjoy an extra kick, more chili can be added for a spicier experience. To complement the Cambodian Green Papaya Salad, it is suggested to serve it with sticky rice wrapped in lettuce or cabbage leaves. This recipe provides an easy and delicious way to enjoy the unique flavors of Cambodian cuisine in the comfort of your home.


4 cups of shredded green Papaya
1 sliced tomato length wise
1 tablespoon of lime juice
4 yard beans, cut to 1 inch long
3 cloves of garlic
2 Thai chilies pepper (this is hot but it won’t taste good without it.)
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
2 tablespoon of Som Tam powder
2 tablespoon of crush peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions to make Cambodian Green Papaya Salad recipe

  1. In a Mortar and Pestle pound the garlic, yard bean, and chilies till it is flat and split apart
  2. Add papaya pound with one hand and use spoon to stir it with your left hand to mix it well together
  3. Add fish sauce, som tam powder; mix it again with spoon till all well mix
  4. Add sliced tomato pound it well together
  5. Now the salad should has some juice in it.
  6. Put it on serving plate garnish with peanut and serve with sticky rice wrap in lettuce or cabbage leaf

This meal is best served as weeknight dinner. You can put more chili if you prefer spicy

Thank you and enjoy it.

Related Recipe: Easy Egg Fried Rice Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 615

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏74g 27%
Total Fat ‏29g 37%
Saturated Fat ‏4g 20%
Dietary Fiber ‏20g 71%
Protein ‏24g 48%
Sodium ‏1864mg 81%
Sugars ‏35g 70%


30 min


30 min




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