Green Papaya Salad with Candied Tamarind Vinaigrette

Green Papaya Salad with Candied Tamarind Vinaigrette
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Green Papaya Salad with Candied Tamarind Vinaigrette
William Brinson

Green Papaya Salad with Candied Tamarind Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite street foods — in Bangkok, where I first tasted this dish, they toss in fresh crab, shell and all. It’s a completely transporting experience: As you eat the salad you stumble on pieces of shell, their crevices filled with bright, tangy vinaigrette just begging to be sucked out. My version is vegetarian, but if you’re feeling adventurous, add some beautiful blue crab (shells are totally optional).

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4
Servings
524
Calories Per Serving
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Notes

*Note: I love candied tamarind — it’s sort of sweet, sour, and spicy all at once. The bummer is it’s not always easy to find. Candied ginger on the other hand is pretty much everywhere these days and makes a perfectly good substitute.

Ingredients

For the candied tamarind vinaigrette

  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 Thai chiles, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup candied tamarind*
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste

For the salad

  • 1 Cup Chinese long beans, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 Pound green papaya, shredded
  • 1/4 Cup cilantro leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons coarsely chopped, toasted cashews, for garnish
  • 1 Thai chile, minced, for garnish

Directions

For the candied tamarind vinaigrette

In a small sauté pan, combine the oil and garlic and cook over medium-high heat until light golden, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a blender along with the 2 chopped chiles, candied tamarind, sugar, ginger, and fish sauce. Blend until smooth, then add the lime juice and blend until just combined. Season with salt, to taste. 

For the salad

Heat a dry cast-iron or other heavy pan over high heat and bring it to the point of smoking. Add the long beans and cook them, turning frequently, until well charred on all sides but not burnt. Carefully transfer them to a medium-sized bowl and toss with the oil and season with salt, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Working in batches if necessary, use a mortar and pestle to pound the papaya until it's soft and releases some of its juice (you can also wrap the papaya in a dish towel and pound it with the back of a pot — you just want to break down the fibers). Place in a large bowl, add the cilantro and long beans, and toss to combine.

To serve, drizzle the vinaigrette over the papaya mixture and garnish with the cashews and minced chiles.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
23g
26%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
29mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
82g
63%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin A, RAE
80µg
11%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
59µg
66%
Calcium, Ca
65mg
7%
Choline, total
58mg
14%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
52µg
13%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
40mg
13%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
152mg
22%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
328mg
22%
Water
152g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Papaya Salad Shopping Tip

Buy lettuce that is crisp and free of blemishes.

Papaya Salad Cooking Tip

Before dressing, keep your salad chilled in the refrigerator to stay crisp.