If you prefer or can't find an unripe papaya, cucumber can be used instead. The ingredients in this Thai-style salad are mashed together into a chunky, pulpy mixture and topped with peanuts.
Instead of bringing out the food processor, or if you don't have one, you can always chop all of the ingredients by hand!
I used less garlic and red chillies instead of green ones, but still it was great! - 06 Mar 2012
tasted little like authentic thai cooking. im form a thai descent. you use a mortar and pestal, thai chilis, fish sauce, shrimp paste, garlic, lime juice, tomatoes, and sugar.<-------- i make it like this.. this is how it is made in thailand.. - 02 Jul 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Great salad. If you don't julienne the papaya by hand (ridiculously time consuming), use the shredder in the food processor. I buy the long beans for the recipe and cut them into 1 inch segments and set them aside to toss in at the end. I seed the tomato and toss the "guts" into the food processor with the wet ingredients, and toss the leftover outside wedges of the tomato into the salad at the end, as well. Fresh thai chilis work the best, but remember that you can adjust the heat by not adding all of the peppers' seeds. If your resulting salad is "ring of fire" hot, just add a bit more sugar to cut the heat. - 07 Aug 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)