Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thai Papaya Salad

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Kari's Papaya Salad

1 pound shredded green papaya*
1 carrot, shredded
1-3 Tbsp minced cilantro or basil (I like a combination of cilantro and Thai basil)
roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
a couple pinches Thai chili flakes or fresh chiles or chile paste (to taste)
3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tbsp brown sugar

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until sugar is dissolved.

In a large bowl, combine papaya, carrot, cilantro/basil . Pour dressing over and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with peanuts, if desired. Chill.

*Green (unripened) papaya is often available in pre-shredded packages in Oriental markets. I buy it in 1-pound packages. Alternatively, you can buy an unripe papaya and shred it yourself. You'll want to shred it into long threads.