Thai Mango and Green Papaya Salad
Sweet, Sour and Spicy…not me, the salad silly!!
Thai food has been a staple take-out fare in our household forever!! About 18 years ago I can remember a Thai restaurant opening up in my neighbourhood and from the first bite, it was drunken love!
I have to say this restaurant all these years later is still open and going strong. It’s still my gauge for other Thai food I eat and most often other places don’t cut it. I have about 4 things there that no matter what I always have to order. One of those is Mango salad. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and crisp. I love that the mango is sweet and ripe, yet still has a little firmness that works well with the other ingredients.
I find that this salad is the perfect item to serve with curries and noodle dishes because it cuts the richness and creates the amazing texture sensation combined with the other dishes.
There really isn’t anything more simple to make than this salad. The hardest part is peeling and slicing the mango and papaya. The colour and vibrancy of it always takes my breath away as I serve it too. I make mine pretty spicy but make it to your taste. As most of you know by now, I’d eat almost anything and everything spicy if I could! I had it for dinner last night and when I went to eat the leftovers at lunch today I was very sad….my guy got to them first! My craving is yet to be fully satisfied! Husband =1, Nancy =0…..although I lost the battle, the war isn’t over! I will eat next the thing he craves! 🙂
- I large green mango, peeled and julienne sliced
- 1 large green papaya, peeled and julienne sliced
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
- 1 red thai chili, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Mix all salad ingredients together except peanuts. Mix all dressing ingredients together and pour over salad no more than 15 min before serving. Sprinkle with peanuts and more cilantro/mint as garnish.